NBL of the future?
Would it be a good idea to run the NBL similar to the cricket, with a main season and then the big bash in the middle?
In Basketball we would see perhaps:
NBL regular season: October and November
Big Bash style tournament: December and January
NBL regular season: February and March
NBL Finals: April
The NBL would run a similar competition to now with similar amount of games. Just with a split in the middle. Possibly this competition could change to a 1 import only league with a focus on more teams in smaller stadiums (2000 seats minimum)
16 weeks of regular season for around 28-30 games.
Similar Finals series to now.
BBL style tournament:
Pretty much copy and paste the BBL into Basketball.
Cap imports at 4 to create better teams, the rest of the players would come from the NBL obviously.
Teams in this tournament would be big market only, with a view to draw larger crowds.
Teams could be:
NZ, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and 2 of either 2nd melbourne, sydney or NZ. to create an 8 team league.
Each team plays a 14 game minor round spread over 7 weeks. Then sudden death semis and grand finals.
This could be used to draw fringe NBA players who are out of contract and looking for a gig after the all star break to come down, play a few games to get in form and attract some interest.
With the best of the best Aussies along with more imports this would surely be a more popular model, while retaining the current NBL.