A disgruntled fan
NBL/Perth Wildcats game night entertainment
It's so good to see the rest of the league has improved their game night entertainment, however Perth's entertainment last night was almost identical to that of last season.
Been a member for 6 seasons now and am a diehard NBL fan and been so excited for this season, however was disappointed to find out the Wildcats had not changed much since last season. I am there to specifically watch the basketball (not like others who go for the overall experience), but I feel as if the entertainment the Wildcats offer draws the attention away from the game itself, rather than complementing it.
Not a massive fan of the marching band used during play. Defensive soundbites/no sound at all would be better in my opinion. I believe the marching band would be great in time outs and other situations like that.
Also am not a fan of the constant music played during live action. Sydney seemed to have figured it out with the use of "soundbites" after a good play or when going on a run, similar to what they do in the NBA. This lets the crowd grow the atmosphere and helps build the sounds of the game, rather than have constant music being played almost every time down the floor on offense. The majority of the songs used also haven't been changed since last season (or many previous seasons beforehand) and they are mostly outdated. This is also at least the 3rd year straight where they have used the Jimmy Barnes "Good Times" intro with the pyrotechnics, however don't mind this because it's quite amusing seeing the imports get hype to some Barnsey! That being said, there are much better songs available that could be used.
Love the man himself but I feel the Wildcats are a bit past using Lachy Reid as an announcer. The constant in game talking (or shouting/screaming for that matter) has done my head in ever since he started again mid way through last season. The announcer should only talk when stating who scored, fouls, violations, etc., rather than "Take it to the whole Casey!" or in game commentary along those lines. Whilst he does a good job at building the atmosphere, a lot of the times it is forced and they should just let the game play.
Love my Wildcats and all that they do, but I do believe there are some changes to game night entertainment which can be made to further enhance the experience for fans.
What do you all think about this?