FFA Style Competition for Basketball here
The F.A cup in England is huge, now the A-League have copied this concept in their FFA cup competition and it is getting huge coverage with a local state team making it to a semi final against the big boys (Perth Glory).
The TV coverage is great, crowds are massive and local heroes get their chance to go up against the best in the nation, truly inspiring and will inject big $$$ into the sport of soccer, not to mention the amount of publicity and junior participation it will create.
This got me thinking, what about the other world game, hoops, and something similar trialed here between say NBL teams and the best SEABL level or equivalent teams playing off in let's say a FBA cup for want of a better acronym?
Of course we need to consider how and when it would be run and of course who would put up sponsor dollars and how the media would be attracted to this concept.
So, I am happy to put suggestions of my own forward, if anyone is keen to have a go at coming up with their opinions and ideas, I see this as having potential to spark some interest at ground roots level...
My initial thoughts would be kind of like this:
At the end of the state competitions and the start of pre-season of the NBL we would start the FBA cup.
Teams will play each other in double headers (home and away) with an aggregate score counting in case of one win each and overtime if that score is even at the end of game two to decide a winner.
Teams play regular games and continue in a knock out format until the final two are decided.
The competition would essentially go into the NBL season, but I would not anticipate long into it.
The concept gives local Association based teams and their supporters to have a chance to see an NBL team play against them up close and personal.
Local Association based teams then get a chance to participate and promote the game on a bigger stage!
The winning team gets a $$$ purse and a cup, then maybe something else I have not thought of...