Sorry guys, read the other thread, its not about whether the town produces basketballers, its not about whether they can fill a stadium, its not about whether they have a guy with enough cash to pay the bills for the next 20 years.
Its about the league. If the league regionalises, it in turn marginalises its capacity for corporate backing and for FTA TV coverage.
The AFL has two regional market teams. One of those is being built from the ground up by the AFL at the cost of gazzillions over 20 years. The other has a supporter base of something like 500,000 people Australia wide.
The ARL has three regional market teams, in their case in heartland territory. It has a team in Melbourne partly because you need to have a team in the biggest sporting market in Australia.
Basketball has no fixed heartland territory, despite its participant playing strength, because on the whole, the mass participant playing base in Eastern Melbourne will pay for footy games b4 basketball games. There is no where in Australia you could say "here, basketball is the #1 followed sport".
Therefore marketers and TV execs look at the reach of the league. In looking at the reach of the league they could not give a flying frig about 150,000 people in greater Cairns or 300,000 in greater Geelong. These are, by any definition, small markets.
For TV, its just not a big enough market to make a difference, because when you take the 300,000 people out of Geelong, and look at the .3% that might watch the product on TV, we are down to next to nothing.... as we say 3/5 of fuck all...
As I said to you last time Bear, its not anti Geelong. Its not a question of Geelong's competence. its a question of whether Geelong matters to national brand and TV decision makers and sorry, it doesn't...