NBL Fan
Years ago

State of Current NBL Teams

Does anyone know anything about the financial situations of clubs.

It is well know that the Hawks and Crocs are struggling, will they be around next season?

I also believe that Sydney is losing lots of money.

Surely if the NBL lose the Crocs and Hawks in the off-season the NBL won't be able to continue.


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Mervan  
Years ago

Equalisation is what's required.

Perth, nz, adelaide?

Share the wealth so the nbl survives

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koberulz  
Years ago

Perth and Cairns are, AFAIK, the only teams making a profit. Cairns made a few bucks, the Wildcats somewhere around a million. Not really enough to start sharing it around.

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GWB  
Years ago

Not sure why clubs should "Share it around" when other clubs are missmanaged and just performing poorly. I actually think Townsville needs to get its act together or get out basically.

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Jack Toft  
Years ago

This is an ongoing topic.

I think we have consensus that an NBL team needs about $4M/yr to cover costs. In a league of 8 teams that means the league needs to generate at least $32M/yr in revenue to survive. You probably want to aim for at least $35M/yr to be sure.

There is some good logic in a gate equalisation as teams will do well and others struggle. Court attendance numbers are linked to on court success.

Teams who manage things well and get good numbers should not be penalised, but the waxing and waning of on court success means these numbers vary.

Perhaps each club puts in 10% of their court takings and this gets split 8 ways. Thoughts?

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

I don't know why a successful club should have to give their earnings to struggling clubs.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

NBL clubs need 3 million.

anything over is on luxury items anything less is usually reflected on court

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The Situation  
Years ago

It happens in real life and that works well so there is merit in looking in to it for the NBL.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Equalisation only works in environments where the league itself generates significant income (like the AFL) and shares that generated wealth to top up struggling clubs, it's not the clubs themselves that have to give up money.

The NBL to the best of my Knowledge generates nothing......

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koberulz  
Years ago

"NBL clubs need 3 million."
What basis do you have for this number?

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Lawsy  
Years ago

Crocs are all in all sorts of shit

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Pretty fair number indeed.

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GWB  
Years ago

I don't understand the Crocs situation, the community got behind the push to keep them.. then don't turn up to games? Ludicrous really.. I know the NBL doesn't like dropping teams at the moment.. but in Townsvilles case.. if there is going to be all this "sharing" with money in the league.. they are going to be a black hole. If they have to go.. they have to go. Can only keep life support on for so long.

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Rock  
Years ago

If the NBL should only have 'profitable' teams, then we are probably looking at two teams playing each other 14 or so times to make a 'league'...
the rest would fold..

If there is not some sort of equalisation or load sharing, season to season, the whole thing falls into an abyss.

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koberulz  
Years ago

The problem with equalisation is that there aren't enough teams making enough of a profit.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The NBL needs to generate their own income to supplement teams, especially as the NEED Brisbane in and the only thing that has pet them put so far is money!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

To be a long term sustainable and successful league the "league" itself MUST create a significant revenue stream of its own via TV, Sponsorship, merchandise media etc and pay an equalization dividend to each of the clubs. Just as the AFL, NRL, V8SC etc do.

Without secondary income streams we will continue see teams come and go and struggle from year to year.

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Kr  
Years ago

Last two anons spot on, more teams, more games, more games on tv, more tv viewers, bigger exposure for sponsors and advertisers equals more profitable tv deal for nbl. Then the nbl will have the chance to distribute some of that income to all clubs.

This is surely what the nbl is working towards, the most sustainable and cost effective increase in revenue would come from tv, sponsorship, merchandising etc rather than more game day ticket sales. Because of the size of most nbl teams budgets a distribution of $100k to $200k per season per team would make the world of difference to teams like crocs, gong and cairns that are living on the edge. That's a tv deal of $2 million or so a season, surely that's a possibility.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hard to see the owners of the league letting any teams fold. The goal is 12 by 2015/16 when there will be a new TV deal, so wouldn't the owners keep all teams in until then?

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Jack Toft  
Years ago

In a previous post someone was talking about how Hawthorn generate $3M from gate sales and get another $13M from other sources.

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Tiger Watcher  
Years ago

The other clubs owners won't let Crocs or Gong fold....as then there is no league and there investments/clubs become worthless.

Equalisations would help make the league sustainable but that said you might find once spread over 8 teams the little profit made by NZ/Perth doesn't go very far.

I agree that more teams = Gate receipts/TV/sponsorship etc - However the costs also increase and viability has been the major issue in the league since at least 1999/2000 as we have relied on rich owners to prop up clubs rather than self sustaining models.

To have rich owners tipping in is great but unlike the NBA or EPL there isn't a long line of new owners willing to buy in if a current club owners goes broke (i.e Brissy/Kings) or loses interest in throwing good money after bad with no success!


We must remember the owners are here to hopefully turn this into a profitable venture in the meduim term.

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BJF  
Years ago

Correct Jack
AFL teams don't make money from their football teams, they make money in other ventures like property , hotels etc. They use the cash flow from the sport to build investments which then sustain the football department costs.

Very few sporting teams make money at all. NBA teams are largely only profitable on the sale of the team. The team also usually comes with some financial interest in the home stadium. Cuban has turned the Mavs into a $685 million team ( Forbes) which he bought for $285 million. This of course assumes that the $400 million gain hasn't been chewed up in the process.

F1 teams have diversified into technology and catering business' to survive. V8 teams have gone into engineering and manufacturing business.

Basketball must get to that level of thinking for it to survive, philanthropy only goes a certain distance.

If the next TV deal provides a solid income stream then the teams will start having some guaranteed cash flow values which they can leverage off of to diversify into other ventures.

Each NBL team needs either 1 million each from TV sponsorship or for the NBL HQ to cover the pay roll ala A League. Then the future of the league will be stabilised.

We also struggle in Australia with appropriate facilities to play the game in. Adelaide cant play anywhere but at the Arena. Townsville are forced to pay $30,000 per game in rent which is one of the highest in the competition. Sydney has no decent alternative. Brisbane's major road block is a venue

The venue situation is over come with solid and stabilised income streams.

Perth is the hot model right now. New facility embedded in the CBD with a winning team spins a decent profit that is then reinvested into the marketing and basketball departments to keep the wheels spinning.

If they couldnt have moved into the new Arena they wouldnt be profitable.

In Adelaide there are plans about to upgrade and enclose Memorial Drive, now wouldnt that be something

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Isaac  
Years ago

I don't know why a successful club should have to give their earnings to struggling clubs.
They will have no one to play against otherwise.

Yes, the league doesn't have a great deal to distribute until there's a good TV deal, but they could also create at least small distributable pools. I've written before about soft caps (salary and/or points) as a means of allowing teams flexibility and also returning any tax to under-spending teams.

e.g., make the points cap say 68 instead of 70, and charge $10k for the first point over, $20k for the next, then ramp it up so that if a team wanted to blow the points cap apart at great cost, they could. If five teams used 70 points or more, and of those another couple used 2-3 extra, you could generate a few hundred grand to put down to clubs not spending the cap.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

1 point $10K, 2 points $20k isn't at great expense at all. That's a bargain.
1 Point $20k, 2 points maybe $50K. 3 points $60K etc.
Isaac's rule means that for an extra 5 cap points it only costs $150k.
That's gives you the flexibility to get a whole lot better players.

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

Just because Cairns are a community model, please don't bracket them with TSV and Gong. As was mentioned early, they are one of the few clubs in the league who are in the black.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

3/8th of the teams have given up and are now not for profit. Alarming trend if you ask me.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Wilson Sting that's because they pay $0 rent for their venue.

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shin splints  
Years ago

I recall reading an article from the West Australian newspaper prior to the season. Nick Marvin CEO of the Wildcats was quoted as saying with the additional financial commitment made to the basketball program this season (coaching, fitness & diet gurus etc), the Wildcats need to average around 12,000 per home game to break even. The additional investment is made possible by the profits made from last season.

So the argument about revenue sharing is murky - why should a successful club share it's revenue when it has every right to reinvest into its own program?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

And Jupiters casino sold off their car park to which 600 + cars parked for every crocs game. Which is why nobody goes anymore. The stadium is located in an arsehole of a place to park. Move the stadium and crowds will come back. Park anywhere along the street leading into it ( there is only one way in and out) and guaranteed a fine from our wonderful boys in blue.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"3/8th of the teams have given up and are now not for profit. Alarming trend if you ask me."

The AFL must be really concerned then.

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

Their is a push for a new stadium in Townsville and I hear that it will have a convention/entertainment centre attached.

The stadium hasn't been approved yet and that is still many years away for the Crocs.

The only other option for the Crocs is to move to RSL stadium which is around 2000 seats and people say it is terrible viewing.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Anon #704 those clubs have always been structured that way, whereas regional NBL sides are giving up and going from a commercial to not-for-profit structure.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

So the AFL clubs gave up a long time ago? No wonder theyre struggling so badly, imagine having members owning your club, it would never work.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

So why should Cairns be declaring a profit?

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paul  
Years ago

It's possible anon isnt aware not-for-profit means investing all money made back into the business, rather than not actually trying to make a profit?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Crocs pay over $20k for rent per game at the TECC, for that they get nothing in return!

Parking is non existent, aircon & services are dilapidated, all food & bev money go back to the TECC and AV are at least 15yrs passed in technology.

Unfortunately, the community have been burnt by previous management and now don't care about the team.

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koberulz  
Years ago

"Crocs pay over $20k for rent per game at the TECC, for that they get nothing in return!"

They get the building. That's how rent works.

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Proud  
Years ago

So every team is supposed to declare to NBL on a monthly basis their books (to show if they are hemorrhaging money... Would be fascinating seeing those and all the expenditures that a club has.

I think we are all getting a bit worried about Wollongong and Townsville with their awful crowd attendances but do remember this league has no naming rights sponsor and the league headquarters acknowledged that and were happy enough to go this season without one... You'd have to believe that next season we will have one and hopefully it is a string recognizable brand and won't turn people off the product like 'alcohol th!nk again' which is atrocious.

We have to have faith that next season we won't have boring arsed playing jerseys but ones that everyone will want to wear and hopefully every team earns from the sale of them and the exciting new crop of imports that will come into our great league

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HO  
Years ago

Are the teams using the Community model actually "not for profit"? Those things do not have to be mutually exclusive.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

We can decide to prop teams like TSV up with funds year in year out.

But, you aren't really solving anything. More just masking the problem -- which is their lack of crowd attendance/low-level interest from the community

You are just giving them money to stay afloat and holding of on the inevitable


Surely if you are going to give money, you would rather allocate it to a new team (from somewhere like Brisbane) who you know can pull the community support, draw crowds and increase sponsorship.

Ultimately, TSV can't sustain a team in the NBL, so you have two options:

- Fix it now and get Brisbane in

or

- Make teams prop TSV up for another 5-6 years after which they will fold anyway


The first option makes more sense.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

So Paul if you invest ALL the money back into the business you should never make a profit only break even.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

@ # 788 crocs "burned br previous management " ? Please elaborate and be specific.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Community ^

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Proud, so you'd walk away from a multi million dollar sponsorship deal if it involved the "Alcohol think again" Tag???

How does this put people off the Basketball?

Why do people have to consume Alcohol to watch Basketball??

Foolish, the league needs everything they can get before they can get picky.

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paul  
Years ago

"So Paul if you invest ALL the money back into the business you should never make a profit only break even."

That would only be the case if you invest it back in during the same financial year. It is more likely they would make a profit and then invest it back in the next year.

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Mick  
Years ago

The Crocs can be viable. They were the most profitable team in the league for years. Doesnt that suggest there is a market there? Townsville is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has a very robust economy.

The problem is with very poor marketing which appears to be done in house by volunteers, and is then compounded by poor play on the floor and a self imposed salary ceiling that all but ensures non competitiveness. Theyre all obviously problems stemming from poor cash flow so its a vicious cycle. The most easily fixable problem is the marketing. The quality of the promo videos is very very low. Like "shot on a cell phone and edited on a program from 1995" low...

The community didnt get behind this team and then not come to games as suggested above. They fell well short of their foundation membership target. From memory they got around half of what they were going for.

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Wildcat Fan  
Years ago

Proud, Alchohol Think Again have possibly the biggest sponsorship deal for a club in the league. I cant imagine any other team or league sponsor putting in as much cash as they are.

Also what is wrong with Alcohol Think Again anyway? These are the types of organisations all sports teams should want to have. Their message is very important.

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Mick  
Years ago

Not to mention, NBL teams can hardly be choosy with their choice of sponsors...

Also: article from this morning about the state of the Crocs:

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/crocs-desperate-plea-for-fan-support/story-fnjfzs4b-1226808102048

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Community model = desperation after being a private entity failed.

3/8 of the league are in desperation mode now.

Once they can't survive under the model where they receive handouts (e.g. Hawks/NRE & Taipans/free rent+Cairns Regional Council) yet only marginally get by it will be the end.

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paul  
Years ago

A successful community model is much better than private ownership as it is sustainable, and the generosity of benefactors can be channeled through sponsorship.

The successful leagues in this country dont rely on private ownership, and hopefully the NBL can get to the point where it doesnt either.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Quite sad reading that article from the Townsville Bulletin. Sounds like it is the last straw when Reidy publically pleas for crowds to return.

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Mick  
Years ago

Well Townsville can't do it on their own. The league office spending $0 on marketing isn't helping their cause.

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Isaac  
Years ago

These teams should all be able to run their own marketing and gain crowds regardless of the league's spending. Innovative promos, community outreach, etc. They've done it before in the absence of any real league advertising.

Townsville are a bit white-bread this season and at the bottom of the ladder.

Saw this on the Bulletin site:

Tickets are way to expensive, for 1 adult and 1 child before getting a drink and bite to eat is around $70 - $80, that's twice as much as the Cowboys
Family ticket (I assume 2A+2C) is $68 in Breakwater class and as low as $33 in Outer Reef.

Either this person is ignoring cheaper options or Townsville are advertising more expensive prices, or the pricing is too complicated (seems a bit busy on their site).

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Sam  
Years ago

I don't think the NBL is going to run next year, Townsville are gone already, Wollongong are almost dead and many other teams are struggling, I can't see it continuing

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It will run as why do you think Brisbane, TAS are being fast tracked. They know replacements are needed ASAP.

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Siggy  
Years ago

Who is the idiot that said Cairns pay no rent for their venue? It's actually just over $20 000 per game for them to hire the venue. I suppose all the convention centre workers are working for free as well? Cairns are doing well because they actually pack their arena even as they struggle because people up here love their team. The big city teams with their millions of people are an embarrassment the way the can't even pay their venues and look at the top 4 they are all big city markets.. Stop traffic the next time Melbourne get a sell out in their massive 4000 seat arena!!

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Siggy  
Years ago

*pack their venues

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

Does anyone have any actual info that is reliable that the Crocs and Hawks are gone next season?

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koberulz  
Years ago

No. None exists. People are, as usual, making things up.

Reidy's said they're not getting nearly as many people at the games as they need, and there 'may not be a second year', and Wollongong's major sponsor has gone bust, so there is genuine reason to be concerned, but there's been absolutely nothing thus far to indicate that they won't be around.

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Isaac  
Years ago

Wollongong's lost sponsor was replaced. Crowds would be a concern though.

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paul  
Years ago

New ownership group consisting of some pretty wealthy people take over the league because they werent happy with BA's direction, then they state their goal is to expand significantly.

It would be very odd if they let two teams fold after one season, especially when they appear to be reshaping the league in two years to become what the TV network(s) are after, hence reducing the strain on teams to be independently sustainable.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's strange isn't it that for all of the success with crowds that the Wildcats are now having according to people here the reality is that the revenue they actually make is only on 2- 3000 people if the break even is supposed to be 12,000.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Wildcats made a big profit last season and are on track again. Why? Because playing in front of 11,000 people makes them much more attractive to corporates, and revenue from 8000 members generates millions and millions.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

^ The break-even is that high because they're funneling a lot of dough into their basketball program (and marketing). It's not that they can't make money off the venue, its that they are leveraging their ability to make money off it.

I'm talking about things like training programs, exercise equipment, support staff, recovery facilities, things like that. Not ehrmagerd, cheating cap!

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The Situation  
Years ago

Before we get carried away with the Cats "break even" number, lets remember its come from Nick Marvin, who will say what needs to be said in order to get the people through the door, or sponsorships on the table. Not saying that is a bad thing...

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Isaac  
Years ago

paul, I wondered if they'd relocate teams rather than prop them up where they are?

Also wondered whether the league could look at sending someone to work F/T in marketing/whatever for 1-2 struggling clubs at the NBL's expense. Rather than, say, throwing money at them to prop it up, give them equivalent support that maybe improves their office output and gives the NBL more direct influence.

There was a story a while back about a concept along these lines where a foreign power would effectively run a SEZ of a troubled country and hope the expertise rubbed off. I think the pilot program was in Madagascar. OK, after a lot of googling, here it is - Paul Romer's "Charter Cities" concept. For anyone too lazy/rushed to read it, one example given is of Hong Kong vs China a decade or two ago. Under "enlightened" control, HK flourished while China took longer to come to the party.

A delegate from the Wildcats, for example, could show up in Townsville with superior systems and gradually refresh the way the Crocs were doing things.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The new model will creat full time jobs for all NBL players rather than the we are professional basketballers who need to train all day every day.
If that approach is adopted by all teams then everyone wins.
It also means that clubs will be less dependent on crowds making up their budgets.

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Proud  
Years ago

I am saying that if the Wildcats sponsorship from Healthway ended tomorrow then I'm foolish enough to believe that with the Wildcats in a far more attractive situation than when the contract was signed and corporates would give an even greater $ amount as there are massive companies out there that have to see that Wildcats having 10k+ fans atleast 14 times a year seeing their product not to mention the sale of merchandise and I do think Perth can afford to be choosy and Ennis has made the game more attractive... Lets hope it rubs off on the other teams.

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Wildcat Fan  
Years ago

True. That opportunity will come to the Cats once their deal with Alcohol Think Again expires. And no doubt they are in a much better position now, for greater sponsorship opportunities.

I still think that what Healthway are putting in is quite a significant sponsorship regardless of how much the Cats have improved off the court and they won't be wanting to end that anytime soon. In fact, I'd bet they would be keen to extend their contract with them and get more money off them rather than have to find a new sponsor willing to pay the higher amount.

Also, things might be good now, but if hard times hit the club, they will want to be as loyal to their sponsors during the good times so they will continue to support the club if the tough times return.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

So with less than 12,000 people at a game you should be concerned. Tonight's game has 11.500 people there. Concerned anyone?

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hawks01  
Years ago

Wollongong will survive - alwats have, always will.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"So with less than 12,000 people at a game you should be concerned. Tonight's game has 11.500 people there. Concerned anyone?"

Last season they averaged less than that and made a $1 million profit. Definitely concerned, they mightn't make $2 million this year.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Crowd is only one aspect of the financial scenario and off court their sponsorship is booming. Despite the high crowds they arguably need a mid sized venue. Far cheaper rent with more profit.
One would hate to speculate if Perth ever started losing how they would travel. I guess making a profit for a change gives Jack some extra spending money.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

They would travel back to Challenge Stadium. Club made a profit there also. Too bad there isn't a stadium capacity in between.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

15,000 is too much. CBD great but I would suggest that Perth CBD is a lot more expensive than Sydney CBD which is wrong.

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koberulz  
Years ago

15,000 what? PA doesn't seat 15,000 if that's what you're trying to say.

It can be reconfigured to seat around 8,000, which is probably what will happen in the even crowds decrease.

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Dunkin' Dan  
Years ago

What do you mean by "reconfigured"?
Is that code for "they have extra curtains that can be deployed"?

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koberulz  
Years ago

That, and possibly folding away some of the retractable seating.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Koberules. Perth arena hold 14,500.
So you do a Sydney and drape the curtains and it will still cost you almost as much and 14,500 would. What's your point?

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koberulz  
Years ago

"Koberules. Perth arena hold 14,500."
No, it doesn't. It holds a maximum of 13,710 in basketball mode, with the top tier open. Unless it's a special occasion, the top tier is curtained off, bringing attendance down even further.


Lowering capacity lowers the required staff, which lowers the cost of hiring the venue.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Wow so now we have the Perth Arena only holding 13710 people and the arena has never been full in basketball mode it seems.
12,000 break even point and now the Wildcats will only ever make profits from crowd of 1710 people.
I guess the corporates are subsidising the fans then well and truly despite the high cost of tickets for the fans.

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koberulz  
Years ago

I can't imagine 12,000 is their break-even point on a game. The highest attendance they've ever got with the top tier blocked off is 12,381, which wasn't far from a sellout. Can't imagine it seating more than 12,500 at an absolute maximum in that setup.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Yeah, I do remember a considerably lower break-even point being listed. It was still high, but I think it was actually a little below the 10k mark.

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proud  
Years ago

I don't doubt for a moment that Healthway would resign with the wildcats in the sake capacity and yes it has a lot more to do than bums on seats and success on court...

The rest of the league might think we are mugs but lets face it the NBL is full of exemplary citizens that I'm sure the AFL/NRL would spend a truckload of money getting their sportspeople with the same reputations as NBL players have... So a brand like Healthway would be silly if they didn't try and sign with Perth once again.

Does anyone disagree with that statement ?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I don't like Healthway/alcoholthinkagain as sponsors since it's our money, the taxpayers. Get a major sponsor from private enterprise.

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koberulz  
Years ago

The other thing about the Wildcats' break-even point: tickets are between $10 and $290. How can you even set a break-even number?

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proud  
Years ago

I have absolutely no idea how you set a break even number Koberulz, the again I'm not sure how you'd do that for any of the other teams.

To me I look at it as an empty seat and not as 'oh that is $70 they are missing out on' or 'wow there must be a dozen $20 seats that aren't filled'. I'd just like to see every seat filled and if that is from the opposition (even if they are Tigers supporters who run on the court after a win) then so be it!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The talk of break even points has just been based on the imagination of posters on here.

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Isaac  
Years ago

Anon,

I don't like Healthway/alcoholthinkagain as sponsors since it's our money, the taxpayers.
It's an effort to improve awareness and drive down state health costs borne by the taxpayer already.

The alcohol companies (for example) aren't there to worry about your health, but maximise sales. They don't wear the bills related to health issues.

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MACDUB  
Years ago

Further to that point:

Out of all the uses for tax-payer money, you are really going to argue about it going towards sponsoring sport ?

I thought tax-payers money going towards unemployed people on the benefit (who have no intention of ever working) or the other thousand uses it goes towards (which are more controversial) would anger you more...

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Isaac  
Years ago

MACDUB, eventually I think it's inevitable (10-40 years) that we'll see people given a regular payment by default with no expectation of work interest or proving disability or any means testing. It will take people a long time to get comfortable with that though.

In Utah, they've been literally giving homes to homeless people. It's costing them less than supporting/policing the original situation, and homeless numbers are significantly down.

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