I hope so Mystro, would be great to get a good tv contract, one that could pay even half the players wages for the clubs would be awesome!
Would also love to see 2 new teams in the comp, would be great to have 10-20 teams, if it gets closer to 20, then conferences, etc could be looked at to be more efficient with things like travel and build strong rivalries.
Some say it would spread the talent too thin, but i dont mind the idea, as you could simply allow teams to have an extra import or 2 if there are not enough aussies to keep the standard up, at the moment i think the league is too deep, you dont get to see the best out of guys like Creek, Wagstaff, etc because they dont get enough court time to establish themselves as stars, and not enough opportunity for young guys or top SEABL/NZ/ABL players to get a shot, some will prove to be very good like a Petrie, Dillon have.
You could also build your marketing a bit more like a NBA club does, where say each team has 1 or 2 star/top aussies and then 2 or 3 imports, you could really build your Aussie star up as a superstar of the club, market them well, and build a big profile for that player around there clubs community, this would get the fans connected with the players/clubs aswell, especially if you can get guys to commit to long term contracts, if the league was in a stable condition then maybe 3-5 year contracts could become a regular thing, which means rosters would have more stability.
Would Kobe, LeBron, Durant be as big names if the NBA was just a 8 team league and they all ended up on the same team from word dot? (and all other stars would be the same) Imo they would end up a bit more like Perth with say Lisch, Knight, Redhage, seen as great players, but not as absolute superstars or franchise players as all play together at a similar level, all 3 of these guys could be franchise guys on a separate team imo.
It could also make the games more entertaining and higher scoring for the fans, as Lisch if he were to play 30+ mins a game as the superstar of his team, get most of the plays run for/through him could probably average 20+ points per game, would also because teams are slightly wartered down, but more quality players are playing more minutes, like a Creek would actually get 30 mins a game which would be great for him and the league, you wouldnt get Creek, Petrie, Wagstaff coming off the bench anywhere, they would all be stars.
Again, more thoughts, but a large reason why i was a fan of Bears 20+ team league, and just putting thoughts out there of ways it could work, obviously just off the top of my head and would require great investigation, research and consideration, and it may not be possible, but nothing wrong with exploring.
End of the day i just love Basketball, and want the NBL to succeed, i also want the best players possible in the league and to be playing big minutes, the way to create more jobs for players or minutes for players is more teams, and then just throwing out thoughts out there of ways it could work (off the top of my head).
To me guys like Creek playing less than 20mpg is wasted, some blame that on coaching, but if there was say an extra few teams it wouldnt happen, not matter who the coach is,as he would play in a team not quite as deep as talent would be more spread out, no team would be able to afford any more than 2 or 3 of the 'top' Aussies so they would all start and play the big minutes they deserves, a reduced salary cap would also create this spread of talent amongst the teams, Creek would outshine most Sf's in the NBL pretty quickly to imo. I feel similar about Wagstaff, Petrie, even Corey Webster and various others aswell, would love to see them all given big minutes to shine, like LeBron was from day 1, not saying they are going to be LeBron or that they would all star, but given the opportunity i reckon quite a few of them like Wagstaff, Creek, Petrie, Webster would do very well. Even as a 18 year old rookie would have loved to seen Creek thrown in the deep end and started with big minutes, a bit like NBA rookies are, its exciting for the fan base to watch him develop, they get to know him and build a liking to him and sort of a 'relationship' with him, so its even more exciting when he develops into a superstar and means his talents arent wasted sitting on the bench. I also think you could be surprised how good some of them would be, i wouldnt have been shocked to see Creek average 10-15 ppg with some exciting plays if given plenty of opportunity from day 1, again like the NBA guys do, as most NBA teams are not that deep, most of the benches are filled with guys who are at the same level as D-leaguers, or old guys on the decline looking for a title, look at the Heat and Lakers for example, where as in the NBL you can have your 3-5 stars and a really deep bench, like Perth, but is that better for the overall product, when Wagstaff, Redhage and Knight (all potential franchise guys) are playing less than 30 mins a game, (assuming all fully fit)? I dont think so, an example is Neville was a role player at Perth, moved to the Crocs is now a franchise guy and star, thats what i think more teams would give you, no more talented guys wasted on the bench.
You could easily spread current rosters + development players out amongst 12 or so teams without losing any real quality imo, teams would not be as deep, but the stars would play more, which would keep the quality high, if it does lessen the quality of the game allow another import or 2, but still keep the top Aussies playing big minutes, even if the 3rd has to be a cheap import, Massingale is a cheap import who would be a solid rotation guy off the bench for some depth.
The top Development players like Shaun Bruce would also get full time contracts, and regular minutes which would also be great and well deserved.
That is why im a big fan of having plenty of teams, and throwing ideas of a way it may be able to work, and what ALL teams to be stable and viable, which they are currently not, so just throwing ideas around of how to fix that.
I just want the NBL to succeed and see the best basketball possible.