The man who helped set up the NBL1 says the league will open up a scope of new opportunities for the Launceston Tornadoes.
League manager Dean Anglin was part of the team that established the NBL1 in the wake of the SEABL's demise late last year, beginning meetings in October and confirming participating clubs in November en route to the new competition's first round last month.
Touring Elphin Sports Centre last week, the former Geelong Supercats chief executive spoke glowingly of the Tornadoes' involvement in the NBL1.
"The Torns have been phenomenal, [especially] to be grand finalists last year," Anglin said.
"They've obviously got a changing of the guard in terms of the team they've put on the court this year, but the back end of the club, the management side of the club remains solid and we see them as a long-term part of the league.
"We're excited to have them and excited to get them to be able to work within the framework of what we're trying to deliver.
"Hopefully it'll just continue to grow the club and grow the pathway for athletes in the Launceston area."
Anglin said the NBL1 would give the Tornadoes and their fans access to more visual media than ever before, with every game being live streamed online - a luxury not regularly afforded during the SEABL era.
The league has also provided video technology which can automatically put match and individual highlights packages together shortly after the game.
"Part of our job and responsibility as a league was to try and add some elements and resources that the league hadn't had previously, that's part of the partnership with the NBL," Anglin said.
"They're best in the sport and their partnership with the NBA means that they are doing things at an NBA level, so we're filtering that down into what is essentially a state league-run competition to try and grow the game itself, and to give clubs like the Torns more opportunity to promote themselves and their players.
"For us one of the key elements of everyone's game night now is the vision that we're capturing, so we're live streaming every game.
"We're also recording in high definition ... so we'll be capturing images that the clubs will be able to use during the week to promote that game and they'll be able to do it faster than ever before.
"For the most part they'll have all of the videos of the game within an hour of the game finishing.
"To be able to put highlights videos of that game up that night is outstanding for the club."