NBL Amateur Hour
There are plenty of threads debating who was right and who was wrong from the respective teams in the aftermath of last week's Perth / Adelaide clash.
However, what the handling of this situation has demonstrated is that the NBL has a lot to learn in managing the league and the reputation of the sport.
As a long term NBL fan and club member for 12 years, I despair at how the league administration continually shoots itself in the foot. To have this situation drag out for a week and then be delayed indefinitely is, in my view, inexcusable and reflects very poorly on management.
How can we have any confidence the the current administration can deal with anything as complex as expanding the competition, and negotiation of a new TV deal, when they are unable to deal with a post match scuffle quickly and decisively.
Whatever your view about who was right and who was wrong, surely this should have been dealt with by Tuesday so that all the focus was back on what is a very important round of games starting tonight.
As one small and insignificant fan of basketball, the handling of this matter has destroyed any confidence I had in the administration of the league. I can only imagine what it will do to the organizations that the league is trying to woo to invest in new teams or to broadcast the game.
I was hopeful that the new blood in administration this year would be the dawn of a new professional era for the NBL but sadly it seems not. No wonder they have trouble attracting people and sponsors.
In my view, which I know won't be shared by most on this forum, we need to get a high performing business person to run the league, with support from sport administration experts and grass roots basketball people. No self respecting CEO I have met would self inflict as much damage to their management team and brand as the NBL has this week.