Lauren Jackson has helped save the Melbourne Boomers from certain death by joining the board of the struggling club and taking on an executive position.
It’s believed Jackson will play a big role in a private takeover bid of the Boomers, becoming commercial operations executive.
While we’re not sure exactly what that business-speak heavy title means, what we do know is that it’s further proof that there’s no one more passionate about women’s basketball than Jackson.
The Boomers had been on the brink of collapse due to a lack of funding, after the Bulleen Templestowe Basketball club formally handed the licence for the club back to Basketball Australia after 32 years.
The association had been contributing between $250,000-350,000 annually to the team.
“I never really wanted to coach. I always looked at business roles and board roles as something I wanted to get involved in,” Jackson told SEN Afternoons.
The good news couldn’t have come at a better time for basketball, with the sport crying out for a positive story.
“I loved being an athlete, it was the love of my life. But now it’s over it’s time to move on and take a back seat and get what I can get done in the back office.”
But, the league isn’t out of the woods yet, with the South East Queensland Stars placed into liquidation in February and the Adelaide Lightning's licence also handed back to BA.
“We’re not doing so well in comparison to other female sports, and I think it’s time everyone jumps on board and started making the clubs more professional.
“I want to be a part of that.”