Anonymous
Years ago

NBL Players Housing

If a player signs in an expensive city like Sydney/Melbourne/Perth do teams find housing for the player and is it paid for by the club?

Is that expense included in the cap?

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Isaac  
Years ago

They might provide assistance to begin with, but players would generally make their own decisions. With an import, for example, it would only be included in the cap if it were part of the contract. Otherwise, no, nothing to do with the cap.

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LV  
Years ago

If the club is *paying for it* then it's a fringe benefit and it should be included on the player's payment summary, ie: Should be a part of the Cap (my ignorance about specific NBL rules notwithstanding).

If the club provides *assistance only* then of course it's got nothing to do with wages.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

So should the major cities have a rental allowance for players under a certain salary (say 60K) in addition to the cap?

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Ugly Igley  
Years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if the larger clubs owns the property (particularly Jack Bendat) and the club gives the player the use of the property during the season.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I'm guessing Holt/Warrick/Majok/Goulding/Blanchfield haven't spent Saturday's going to open for inspections, filling out applications, etc.

The other thing is for imports the season is probably less then 6 months so rentals wouldn't be easy.

They may also live in a spare room/house of a club supporter/minder?

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Mantis  
Years ago

"They may also live in a spare room/house of a club supporter/minder?"

Many, many years ago I lived in Canberra for a short time. When I mentioned my interest in basketball to my landlord, he told me the house next door was owned by Phil Smyth, who at that time was playing for the Cannons. When I moved in my neighbour was Rookie of the Year Lachlan Armfield, when I moved out six months later he had been replaced by the Cannons' new import, Rodney Monroe.

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Dazz  
Years ago

I have no idea what is included or not in the salary cap calculations.

I recall watching some player videos last season, where they talk about random stuff, and it appeared that Ross, Daniels, and possibly one other were sharing a place.
It would certainly make sense for teams like the Cats to maintain a couple of apartments.

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Matthew  
Years ago

Ugly Igley is right on: The Wildcats actually do have a house they normally use to house imports/others. I think its somewhere in City Beach .. or was back in the mid 00's.

Generally though a lot of the imports /newer places will live together or with the family of one of the other players.

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Isaac  
Years ago

So should the major cities have a rental allowance for players under a certain salary (say 60K) in addition to the cap?
No. They already have other factors that balance that. Would you rather be an import playing in Sydney or in Townsville, for nightlife, for example?

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KET  
Years ago

Yeah, Sydney and Melbourne have a natural advantage of being cities which attract the under 35 crowd.

It's like how the Sydney Swans got extra space because it's a more expensive city, that was total crap. By that reasoning, Adelaide teams deserve extra cap space for being a city nobody wants to go to.

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Matthew  
Years ago

The Sydney Salary bonus was also along the lines of building up a strong team in Sydney so as to have a team that could bring in a lot of new supporters quickly.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Gibbo wanted an extra $25K to play in Sydney and was declined. He might be on good money in Adel but won't stretch very far in Sydney.
I spoke to a mate recently there and his rent was $450 pw for something liveable. Lotta coin. I guess imports and others could share to lower costs but not ideal.

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Dazz  
Years ago

So should the major cities have a rental allowance for players under a certain salary (say 60K) in addition to the cap?


No. They already have other factors that balance that. Would you rather be an import playing in Sydney or in Townsville, for nightlife, for example?
Until recently, Perth was the most expensive city in Australia to live (most expensive in the world according to one survey.)
And I can assure you, nobody comes to Perth for the nightlife.

That said, it has been my experience that living in regional cities is often more expensive than capitals.

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