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Anonymous
Last year

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Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

I know this works in America but Aussies tend to be weekend sport watchers. The wildcats had their smallest crowd tonight only 10,000 not sure what the effect on other teams crowds has been? I remember Sydney played a Monday night game and that had a very small crowd

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Luuuc
Last year
01:26 18 Nov 16

Reply #608544

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Good on them for playing around with the schedule to see what works. There's obviously going to be an attendance hit on a Thursday night, but if it's not too extreme then I like adding the extra night to the round.

Interesting the way they're using it for 2 pairs of home-away mini series. Perth-Sydney on Thur-Sat, and NZ-Illawarra on Fri-Sun, with the early start allowing both series to have a travel day between games, which you definitely need when Perth & NZ are involved.


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Anonymous
Last year
08:19 18 Nov 16

Reply #608552

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Is a 6:30 start in Perth on a week night hard to get to for many people? I know I'd struggle in Adelaide to get to a 6:30 week night game


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Anonymous
Last year
09:41 18 Nov 16

Reply #608560

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

We live in the outer suburbs in Perth. We still manage to get on the free train (for ticket holders.) sometimes it's hard for the missus, so I just meet her in there. For most, if you know the time in advance then you can work around your own scheduling issues.


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Andy
Last year
11:30 18 Nov 16

Reply #608582

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

I like it, anything to spice up a boring weekday is good.


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AussiePride
Last year
11:58 18 Nov 16

Reply #608586

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

At no time would I be complaining about getting 10000 to a game. At any measure that is a success. On a Thursday night is incredible.

Playing Monday and Thursday nights outside of the weekend is not intended to get big crowds but to keep a steady supply of product for those that follow the game on Foxtel and the NBL TV app. Smaller breaks between games keeps the interest up.

Big Bash cricket went through the roof when they started televising it almost every day of the week. It just became something that was expected and you can sit down and watch a game without having to think about what day the next one is on.

I am now almost expecting to be able to watch an NBL game every night and it is a disappointment when there is not one on.

This is not about just watching your team but watching the league.


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Anonymous
Last year
12:20 18 Nov 16

Reply #608596

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

As AP said the more nights the better, just get the app more reliable.


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Dazz
Last year
13:18 18 Nov 16

Reply #608613

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Nonsense.
Cats getting their smallest crowd for the year is clearly a negative.
People need to remember this is NOT the AFL.
The AFL now is basically a TV driven league, the NBL is not. Bums on seats is where the money is.

Sure, its not a massive hit for a team like the Wildcats, but what is the effect elsewhere?


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Wilson Sting
Last year
13:33 18 Nov 16

Reply #608618

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

If CNS only got 10,000 we would go bankrupt, because we'd have to build a new stadium to host that many.


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Aussie
Last year
14:12 18 Nov 16

Reply #608633

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Didn't look anywhere near 10k there.

Anyone got an official crowd figure?


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Ricky
Last year
14:22 18 Nov 16

Reply #608639

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

They shoulda made more noise about the discounts on StudentEdge and continue to create other sweeteners for Weekday games..


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koberulz
Last year
14:46 18 Nov 16

Reply #608651

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Cats getting their smallest crowd for the year is clearly a negative.
I think from memory there's been a game every season where the Cats have had their lowest crowd of the year. It's a concerning trend.


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Anonymous
Last year
15:06 18 Nov 16

Reply #608663

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

I think the Thursday thing is something you do when your league is very popular and you want to take it to the next level by being ubiquitous. The NBL is not in this position and won't be for a few years


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KET
Last year
15:08 18 Nov 16

Reply #608666

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

NBL can't have 2 games at the same time, because they want all matches shown on TV. There's only so many timeslots


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Hendo8888
Last year
16:52 18 Nov 16

Reply #608691

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

I play on Thursdays (and Wednesdays) myself, so hopefully there aren't too many Sixers games that night this season.


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Nonanon
Last year
16:54 18 Nov 16

Reply #608692

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

"I think from memory there's been a game every season where the Cats have had their lowest crowd of the year. It's a concerning trend."

Yes, but don't forgot that at least five* of the past six seasons, the Cats have had a game with their highest crowd.

*crowd figures unavailable for 2014.


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Anonymous
Last year
17:17 18 Nov 16

Reply #608700

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Wildcats crowd figure can be found on their instagram info-graphic that they usually post just after a home game.

Last night they had just over 10,300


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Dazz
Last year
20:36 18 Nov 16

Reply #608767

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Point is that TV does not rule as it does in other sports. Games should be scheduled to maximise attendance, not the number of people able to watch a web stream.

Doesn't personally bother me, a Thursday is just another night for me, but if it is shown to consistently hurt ticket sales, then that's not good.


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koberulz
Last year
21:10 18 Nov 16

Reply #608782

re: Is Thursday night basketball a good thing

Point is that TV does not rule as it does in other sports. Games should be scheduled to maximise attendance, not the number of people able to watch a web stream.
Have you paid any attention whatsoever to the moves the league has made in the last two years?


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