Tickets to what though? A six team league? Five soon, if Adelaide keeps going the way it is?
I wasn't putting that forward as my suggestion, I'm guessing at the thought processes of the big clubs that are driving the league. They would be thinking "Big Bash started as six teams." And would Perth fans rather watch NZ, Melbourne or Adelaide again, or the Crocs for a bit of diversity?
I'm guessing that the "main" clubs would be of the view that a bit of repetition beats the battlers constantly bringing the league bad news (when the reality is that the league does a fair bit of that itself).
And that they'll risk Adelaide (or prop it up as a capital city club) rather than take any more drastic course of action.
The NBA has a very clear mission and values statement (furthering basketball, etc) and a clear governance structure. The soft cap and luxury tax are devised to maintain the health of smaller-market teams. The NBL finally seem to have a very weak equivalent of the luxury tax, but when the people likely to be paying the tax are the ones designing the system, is it really going to work as it should?
If they had independent governance, would they honour the direction? Is the NBL about furthering basketball or just making money?
If the NBL abandons the roots of the game, I think they risk gifting BA an easier opportunity to build on the ABL, gain gradual financial strength, go for government funding, work towards a TV deal, and eat out the commercial NBL from underneath.