National Bush League award announcements
10:28 PM on a Saturday night, the NBL add a "#BREAKING" tweet announcing Brian Conklin as MVP, presumably because he was at the Crocs dinner and due to fly out of the country tomorrow.
10:30 PM, they retweet a Jacob Holmes tweet: "Conklin wins @NBL MVP!!! @BrianConklin14 you are officially the man! Also All-Star 5 and @ToddyBlanch Most Improved Player! Congrats!"
Not even an announcement, but a retweet.
Conklin was in the mix for MVP all season and Blanchfield was a great MIP option, so it's being viewed as insulting for the NBL to announce them the way they have. Yes, I can appreciate that this would've been really nice for those attending the Crocs awards night. But the league is bigger than that.
The reaction on social media has been brutal. And not from incidentals who've long written off the league, but from the ones who've stuck it out and talk up the game week in and week out.
Worst has been seeing comments from media people, right when the NBL needs to thoroughly win over the media and TV bosses. From Murray Wenzel, sports writer at the Cairns Post:
If an nbl mvp is named in middle of night on twitter w nobody there to see it, did it really happen? Ridiculous!From ABC Perth's Corbin Middlemas:
The @NBL have just announced Brian Conklin as their MVP. At 11pm on a Saturday night. On Twitter. Where to begin... #NBLPlayoffsRoy Ward from The Age:
I didn't like how #NBL15 MVP was announced but it was right @TsvCrocs could present Conklin with MVP at club awards. Crocs need this win.
There has to have been a better way they could've announced this. Let Conklin take club glory but have him delay his flight to announce during the week between SF and GFs. Or do it in the lead up to the semi-final week while players are around.
Not many players would be proud of their league for the way this has been announced.