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Train
Two years ago

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Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

"The Perth Wildcats will lead a renewed push into the Asian market this year, with managing director Nick Marvin gathering support for a month-long tournament against clubs from China, Korea, the Philippines and beyond.

Thewest.com.au can reveal plans are under way to stage a four or six-team pre-season tournament later this year, probably in August or September, which would pit the Wildcats and at least one other NBL club against Asia's best.

The concept could then be expanded the following year to include more teams and be televised across several countries."

Very interesting. Is this a taste of things to come.


https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/basketball/a/26552433/wildcats-push-into-asia/

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Anonymous
Two years ago
14:00 7 Mar 15

Reply #519901

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Great. for Perth not sure wha
t it does for the NBL.


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Train
Two years ago
14:14 7 Mar 15

Reply #519903

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

The article says they were looking to include other NBL teams with the chance of expanding teams the following year if successful. There is the potential to include most NBL clubs as a interim league during the offseason.


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GWB
Two years ago
14:41 7 Mar 15

Reply #519905

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

I expect the competition wont be very competitive though. SOunds like the asia cup and commonwealth games to me - just another excuse to bully minnows. But it doesnt hurt to cash in on all of the basketball money in asia.


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Curtley
Two years ago
15:19 7 Mar 15

Reply #519906

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Very good Idea.


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Jono
Two years ago
16:02 7 Mar 15

Reply #519907

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Great idea! Anything to lift the profile of the nbl at the moment. I'm not sure nbl teams would be bullying minnows...


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Beantown
Two years ago
19:08 7 Mar 15

Reply #519923

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

I'd love to see this done right. Pitting Aussie teams against overseas opponents is a great opportunity to generate interest from a broader section of the population. Combine that with a huge potential audience in Asia to market products to and all of a sudden you have a product that could attract big sponsorship dollars.

If the Wildcats owners can put together a polished TV product and generate good revenue, maybe in time it could become an NBL product that would generate much needed funds to run the league and support regional clubs?


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paul
Two years ago
19:54 7 Mar 15

Reply #519924

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

It would be a great first step, let's hope they can get it done.


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Train
Two years ago
20:10 7 Mar 15

Reply #519925

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

I'd be very happy if this happens this year as stated in the article. Hoping to here more about it in the coming weeks.


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Anon
Two years ago
23:20 7 Mar 15

Reply #519935

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

If this is Perth, Melbourne and Sydney then I would not be confident the owners are doing it in the best interest of the League.


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Hoopster
Two years ago
23:52 7 Mar 15

Reply #519937

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Even if it was just the Wildcats playing teams in asia & dominating/play well. You'd think that would generate some kind of interest. People would hit the internet & search Wildcats/NBL, could lead to something.


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Bol Bol
Two years ago
00:25 8 Mar 15

Reply #519943

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Kudos to marvin! The future of the NBL needs this type of exposure and injection of sponsorship dollars to ensure its survival and to thrive again. NBL take note


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Dazz
Two years ago
00:39 8 Mar 15

Reply #519945

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Just speculating, but this could have something to do with the Boomers withdrawing from the Tourist WA series against China.

The WA government is very keen to showcase Perth to the Chinese TV audience.
(Personally, I'm not so sure that watching basketball on TV will make rich Chinese want to holiday in Perth, but they seem to think it works.)

It's a good initiative, and with the Cats involved they should be able to tap into the existing fan base to get good crows, possibly even playing at the Arena.

That said, whilst this would be great for Perth, the Cats, and any other team invited. It's only going to exacerbate the growing gulf between top and bottom NBL teams.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
01:13 8 Mar 15

Reply #519949

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

"Great. for Perth not sure wha
t it does for the NBL."



Lel!!!! As if Marvin cares about the league/other teams.


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Uwe Blab
Two years ago
09:37 8 Mar 15

Reply #519957

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Yeah, he just volunteers to be on the board because he hates everyone and wants to see the league die...


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Anon
Two years ago
11:23 8 Mar 15

Reply #519963

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Uwe Blab-you said it. He gets on the board because he hates everyone.. Option 2 - to take advantage of being in a position of power. Get with reality.


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Train
Two years ago
11:35 8 Mar 15

Reply #519965

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

At least Marvin is doing something, the rest of the NBL board seem to be sitting around making bad decisions.


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Anon
Two years ago
11:39 8 Mar 15

Reply #519968

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

The entire board is doing that !


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Uwe Blab
Two years ago
11:56 8 Mar 15

Reply #519974

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Anon, that isn't a reality.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:25 8 Mar 15

Reply #519982

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

"Yeah, he just volunteers to be on the board because he hates everyone and wants to see the league die..."

He's there to serve his own interests (i.e. those of the Wildcats).


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Uwe Blab
Two years ago
12:29 8 Mar 15

Reply #519984

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Bullshit.


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Harry Hackrein
Two years ago
18:17 8 Mar 15

Reply #520061

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

AFAIK the plan has been about for a fair while. The suggestion has been the premier team in the Asian League and a lesser one in the NBL. Far form a new concept.


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paul
Two years ago
19:50 8 Mar 15

Reply #520076

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

This is new in that it sounds like an invitational pre-season tournament, something easier to organise than a champions league but which could lay the groundwork for it happening later on.


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Harry Hackrein
Two years ago
19:53 8 Mar 15

Reply #520078

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Maybe, but who will pay for it?. Last one I knew of had 3 imports per side.


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paul
Two years ago
20:05 8 Mar 15

Reply #520081

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Broadcasters and sponsors usually pay for these things. Massive potential television audiences in China and the Philippines.


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Harry Hackrein
Two years ago
21:54 8 Mar 15

Reply #520098

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Yes they have queued up to view one of the the "best professional basketball competitions in the world", Paul for years.
That's the crap the NBL still are touting now it will be a 7 team comp next season. Utter rubbish.
It will be a mix of teams from across Asia and a hotpotch of teams and players. Many of them never playing as a team before. + 3 imports as well. Wank.


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paul
Two years ago
22:05 8 Mar 15

Reply #520102

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

I think you're confusing the proposal Harry, it's for a short tournament not a league. Hopefully it gets up, could lead to bigger and better things, or even just a regular tournament that brings new revenue and gives the NBL a foot in the Asian door.


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Bear
Two years ago
07:08 9 Mar 15

Reply #520125

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

Singapore Slingers gave us a foot into that Asian door a while back, as I recall. Ended up shooting itself though...


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:13 9 Mar 15

Reply #520196

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

"Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament"

lol someone sounds desperate

Marvin the veto king will now learn the hard way that beggars can't be choosers.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:28 9 Mar 15

Reply #520201

re: Wildcats pushing for Asian Tournament

RE : "Singapore Slingers gave us a foot into that Asian door a while back, as I recall. Ended up shooting itself though....

It was more a case of the NBL than the people behind the Slingers shooting themself it the foot.....

Not giving the Slingers the commitment that they could remain in the league when the focused shifted to a league run by BA effectively made it impossible for the team to keep the necessary Singapore investors on side not to mention the government support .

It is a sad thing that Australian basketball only look to Asia for short term money


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