The roar says its do or die for basketball. BS!
The new roar article claims that its do or die for basketball in australia, claiming NBL.TV is some how a misstep and that all games should be live on 10.. obviously this individual is living in a dreamland! http://www.theroar.com.au/2012/10/09/nbl-tv-do-or-die-for-aussie-basketball/
every year is supposidly do or die for the NBL.. its all I ever hear or read. The Slingers inclusion was do or die, every time a team leaves is do or die.. a new head CEO is do or die.. new TV deal is do or die.. damn near new mascot.. do or die.. you get my point!
But it is NEVER do or die for the NBL.. the NBL is the little engine that could. It chugs along, 35 years later past every obstacle (and there has been as many obstacles as there has been seasons).. but every year.. there it is again, with its modest 5 thousand seat stadiums and its even more modest coverage.
In the face of it being called a 'weak' league, I dare say its considerably strong. It weathers every storm that comes its way and always has, lesser leagues have crumbled. Better financed leagues have crumbled. Basketball in this country IS STRONG because of a modest yet passionate fan base, and thoes who will never ever ever see it die.
To say NBL.TV's coverage on the visual end has been patchy at best would be true.. but you cannot fault what it is there tryning to do, and the fact of the matter is.. it WILL get better.. with every round and season, they will get on top of that.. we are seeing birth pangs of the NBL.TV system and It is going to be on the way up. In regards to the TV coverage... How can ANYONE hate on the TV coverage, If you cant settle with less then perfect.. then it makes no sense to follow the NBL.. which is truly the Aussie Battler league.. and will always have something as an issue with it, and strangely enough to me it is part of its appeal.
On court talent, however.. how can ANYONE call the NBL a 'weak league' in that regard? only someone who has never played the game of basketball themselves could say that. This is not your local district club level we are talking about here, SEABL is outclassed by NBL massively. We are talking about a league that holds up extremely well internationally. Talent wise it would be the envy of the chinese league (except for Marbury) it would be the en=vy of the philo league, of the mexican league... the NBL's best teams could undoubtedly hold there own against Euroleague teams. the fact that we have the talent we do is a testiment to what we do, and the fact that europe routinely poaches our players is a testiment to the talent that we DO have. ok.. im not saying NBL is on the same level as euroleague, I am saying our best teams could compete competantly with them. I think that is a fair thing to say.
Also, how many EX NBA players have there asses handed to them in the NBL? You couldnt have said that 15 uyears ago, but now its true... The NBL and Australian Basketball has its own style.. that is not like the one played elsewhere.. and for that alone, the league is worth watching... if you TRULY love basketball.
Just a thought...
NBL is never going to die... its just some people want it to! people from other codes...