The purchase of the club by the SOS came with a lot of Boti driven media support. In turn NBL/36ers interested people and fans got behind them.
The downside is the lack of promotion and marketing, where are the billboards, Shopping Centre stalls, bus advertising, TV Commercials? (although everyone can agree last year's ad was horrible). The general public hasn't been targeted and have no interest in the 36ers or the SOS.
The grassroots basketball public has been treated with a complete lack of respect by new management. These families are the real basketball people of this state and where future 36ers season ticket holders will come from. But this inexperienced and unprofessional new management, whom have no or very little background in basketball not only have ignored us but taken away things from the past. No District Junior Player tickets, no training visits, no Friday night stadium visits, no posters/schedules in stadiums. Junior Finals were heavily supported by parents, grandparents and 100s of High School aged mates of players; a captive basketball supporter base, and no 36ers or 36ers promotional collateral to be seen.
The Brad what do you base your 25% on? I bet you just made it up. At all three games I've been to I know people who have received free tickets and seen the same freebie groups as always. Look at the new Hollywood seats, which the Tigers have done already and which was stolen from the NBA. Do you really think any of them paid for their seats? That being said, all sports clubs do giveaways. My daughter plays Netball and her club received plenty of comp tickets for the Thunderbirds last home game of the season. Crows, Power, United give away plenty as well. Its not free loading its promotion and reward. Its getting someone in the door to see what the game is all about. Its the clubs thanking those supporters, business and families who support the sport as well as the club. These people are also future season ticket holders, sponsors or one off ticket buyers.
Number 44 I completely disagree with your posts regarding the SOS. Do you not remember the Silver Fox thread? If what you were saying was true how do you explain that? Passion is one thing, embarassing the long term fans, supporters and history of the club is another.
From what I can tell the people in the Administration office have no experience in Sports Administration, in Marketing, in Promotion, in Sponsorship sales. What chance do they have? They have no training or experience in what they're doing, and their GM has none either. I don't think anyone on the SOS has any sports admin background either.
New ticketing system wasn't required, new catering wasnt required, new car parking system wasn't required.
The club both on and off the court is at a crossroads. The team and coach need to step it up a level to show they are Top 4 material. The off court team have to do the same and as far as I can see right now neither have shown they have the ability or capability to do it.