Years ago

NBL is Getting Bigger

So, am i the only one noticing that NBL is getting bigger?
average attendance is going up:
in the 2008/09 season, average attendance was 3,492.
this season it is currently 4,944.
although petths new stadium is possibly a reason for this, there was still a steady increase from 2008-2013
and although this is a stupid way of proving it, each teams facebook has grown alot since the start of this season alone.
thew crocs started with under 1,000 likes, but now sit just under 4,000.

the kings started with 7,000, and now have over 10,000
and perth have over 27,000.

so its a bit hard to argue that NBL isn't growing, so hopefully it can heep it up and the NBL will oneday be bigger than ever/

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Years ago

Out of interest if you take Perth out of the equation then what is the average?

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Years ago

Following in Townsville is at an all time low, FWIW.

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Years ago

Without Perth is 4300-4400. If you also take Townsville out of it as the lowest drawer the average is 4500 which is prob a good reflection of the overall.

Compared to the same point last year Perth are up 7000, Melbourne 1100, New Zealand 1000, Wollongong 600 and Sydney 200.

Adelaide are down 800, Cairns 400 and Townsville 400.

It's good overall, now we just need more people to watch on TV so the league can take some bigger steps forward.

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Years ago

Its sad isnt it. none of us want to see this great game in this state. I still dream of the good old days of the tigers v magic at the tennis centre, the bullets v kings at either the kingdome or Boondal infront of 12,000. Oh how i wish my name was Marty Mcfly and drove a Delorean. 1992 here we come

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Years ago

Yeah remembering that all those large crowds were boosted by a huge number of freebies that were given out.

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Years ago

NBL should capitalise more on the boom in popularity of the NBA in Aus over the past three or so years, like they did in the early 90s. 5-10 years ago you would walk down the street of a big Australian city and NO ONE would be wearing NBA jerseys.

Fast forward to now and every young hooligan is rocking a Derrick Rose or Lebron James jersey.

Not saying these guys are hardcore fans, as most are just following a fashion trend like the sheep they are. But at least there is now a pre-existing trend in the market to take advantage of, whereas in the early 2000s no one in the "non-hardcore-basketball-fan" demographic in Australia gave two tosses about basketball in the NBA or locally.

The question is, how do you cash in?

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Years ago

it would be nice to see more australians in NBL jerseys than NBA jerseys

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Years ago

Paul's numbers are great, because they expose why using overall crowd averages is a not the way to gauge success.

This is a league unfortunately that, with 8 teams, is only as stable as its weakest teams. It's weakest teams are Adelaide and Townsville right now, who were not so long ago league darlings in terms of crowds and avidity.

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Years ago

Adelaide isn't really a problem in my opinion, the fans haven't dropped off that badly when you factor just how bad the team has been for the past several seasons. Once they find some on court success people will return.

Townsville, on the other hand, have made the playoffs for the past six years and still the numbers keep falling...

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Years ago

Mick in terms of cashing in from the NBA I think legally the only thing the NBL could do is have their season opener the day of game 7 of the nba finals, hence interest is at a peak.

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Years ago

Regarding the average increase in attendance, might this also have something to do with there being less teams then there were in 2008?

Brisbane, Singapore, South Dragons, Sydney Spirit/Razorbacks and Brisbane were all in the league in 2008. If you halve the amount of teams in a city (like happened in Sydney and Melbourne when the teams mentioned above left) won't the amount of people attending the remaining teams games rise?

Sure you'll lose a portion of the fans who were one-eyed supporters, but there will also be a lot of people who love basketball and will go to whichever team is still playing in their city. And it can be argued that the defunct Melb & Sydney teams weren't around long enough to grow a loyal following.

As for Facebook, I'd attribute that more to growth in the popularity of social media than the popularity of the NBL.

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Years ago

if the Jerseys were made by Nike, Jordan Brand, Mitchell & Ness or Adidas of similar quality to the NBA Jerseys they would be more popular.

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Years ago

p.s. if my post above is overly negative, you can attribute that to my disappointment at the content of this thread.

When I read the title I thought it might be about Shaq or Yao Ming using the NBL to make their basketball comeback.

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Years ago

@Beekayz - not sure if srs?

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Years ago

Why did they hold the allstar game in Adelaide in front of a pathetic crowd when they know they would have got bigger crowds in say Sydney or Perth? What an embarrassment for the league. It's supposed to be a showcase of the best talent we have in Australia and the stadium is half empty. No Atmosphere what so ever.

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Years ago

THANKYOU! i was thinking this, the allstar game was easily going to be the biggest thing all season in the NBL (other than the final), yet it was infront of 4,000-5,000 people in a small stadium that wasnt even sold out.
everyones going on about adelade being the best basketball city in australia.
No, they have a terrible attedance

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Years ago

@PlaymakerMo serious in first post, not serious in 2nd.

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Years ago

The attendance at Adelaide isnt bad, about 4000 per game. Also the adelaide arena can fir 7800 pepole, not a small stadium. They just didnt market it well.

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