"Maybe in the Wednesday there are more people flicking around to the news channel because there's no live sport on. This is what LK was targeting with his clever scheduling"
This is exactly what the previous head of the NBL (name escapes me now, sorry) was saying with his idea of games during the week. I know that he also wanted to play those games in smaller venues, but that also could've worked.
Of course there were a LOT of NBL fans freaking out about that idea. I thought it would've been worth a try. This league needs to think outside of normal Australian sport traditions, because it can't compete head to head it seems.
On the standard of the league, I watched the 2nd half of the MEL v ILL game, and to be truthful, I was pretty bored even though the game was close-ish. I was basically sticking with it purely to see Warrick play (that was barely worth it either).
I'm not pessimistic about the future of the league, but I don't think it will ever be a BIG sport again down here. I think aiming for an "alternative" sport (for want of a better word) is what they should be gunning for. If that means games on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs to get rid of viewing competition, and boutique venues occasionally, then so be it.
On ratings boxes, we had them in our house when I was younger. One with every TV in the house. They were very annoying, and after a few months, easily forgotten about. Not sure if the tech has changed since then, but I often forgot to input the fact that I was in the room watching whatever I was watching.