Tassie eyes Nbl return.
Hobart Chargers eyeing to get an nbl back in for Tasmania.
$5mill. Budget. Pay wall article below.
HOBART Chargers president David Bartlett believes a Tasmanian NBL side could be competitive with a yearly budget of $5 million as the push to join the national league continues.
Bartlett has been in Cairns with his family and attended the Taipans' opening match of the 2017-18 season last Friday night, before visiting the club’s headquarters earlier this week.
With a population of around 180,000 Cairns has a model Bartlett would loosely base a Tasmanian bid for a licence on — aside from the ownership component.
The Taipans are the only not-for-profit club left in the league, and Bartlett has revealed his vision of a completely privatised business model is the only way the NBL will entertain expansion.
"There is some work to do around the ownership model. I have some thoughts about how that can happen, and government has a role to play in the start-up phase of any proprietary limited company that might end up owning a Tasmanian NBL franchise," Bartlett said. “In terms of budget, the Cairns Taipans’ budget is about $3 million, the Melbourne United budget is something like $10.5 million.
“Tasmania shouldn’t want to go into the NBL and be an also-ran, we have to go into the NBL with a view of being competitive and eventually winning the national championship.
“I think a budget of $5 million should be what we are aiming for, and when you think about what we pour as a state into sport, bringing sport to play here, there is a role for government to play.
“But ultimately it is going to come down to corporate sponsorship and ownership to make this an attractive offer for the NBL.
“The real clarity that came out of this is the ownership model is the thing we have to get right, and the level of professionalism we put into a bid, we can’t go half-baked.”
From his game night experience Bartlett believes the Chargers are not far away from an NBL product, and is confident the club can go another level with fan engagement in 2018 as it strives to enhance a reputation as providing the best SEABL content in the country.