Tassie Devil.
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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.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hope they get a team

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Anonymous  
Last year

Would be great, government money should be allocated as both Hawks and Roos afl sides seem to have no problem getting it.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Certainly the closest they have ever been to returning to the NBL. Here's hoping.

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Anonymous  
Last year

They have to change their name back to Tassie Devils!

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Anonymous  
Last year

If they do get an NBL team I assume Chargers in SEABL remain. So no change, just a retention of the old name :)

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Anonymous  
Last year

Tasmania are attempting to get an A-League side:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-13/a-league-bid-for-tasmania-alive-and-well/9045834

NBL better hurry up!

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Bear  
Last year

Anon^, other than maybe spreading the corporate sponsorship dollar a bit thin, I don't necessarily see the A-League as a direct competitor or a hold up to an NBL team.

Different crowd
Different venue
Different ownership
Different pretty much everything

If anything, if I lived there I would be absolutely wrapped to have an NBL team and an A-League Team to support in summer and the SEABL, plus an AFL team in the winter!

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Curtley  
Last year

Does anyone know if the Silverdome in Launceston can host basketball games?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes, United were planning on playing a game there. Has hosted netball.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Calling them the Devils would be obviously ideal or Tasmania United if they also play in Launceston. I'm guessing that is definately what the A-League team would be called if it was created.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Silverdome I believe is about to undergo massive upgrading.
Intentions are games across the state. Not sure about the N/W as they don't have a huge capacity there for crowds.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Good interview by the Chargers President on ABC radio this morning. Their aim is to be in the NBL in 2 seasons time. Budget of $5mill with a player budget up near $2mill.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Interesting that Melbourne's spend is $10M per year. I wonder how much of that is player salaries?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Has to be Devils.

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Anonymous  
Last year

President David Bartlett has very good discussions with Larry Kestleman.

"He said directly to me, 'you get the commercial model right and there is no reason Tasmania can't have an NBL side’.


http://www.themercury.com.au/sport/basketball/commercial-model-is-crucial-to-tasmanian-nbl-bid-success/news-story/70b0e774c5cbea4ddbb6cd38ed933ab7

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Anonymous  
Last year

Let's hope so, can't understand how tasie government gives money to Hawks and Roos afl, start giving it to tasie basketball and get there own team, not blow inns.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes now the soccer and cricket want a slice of that Government pie. Soccer want $6mill for ground improvements!

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D2  
Last year

Pfft.
It's one thing to say we'd aim for a budget of $5M, its an entirely different matter to actually raise $5M in sponsorship.
And whats more to have it locked in for a minimum of say 5 years.

I also don't like the way people immediately start claiming that the government needs to chip in. Tassie is the poorest state in the country, and the government has better things to spend its money on.
People cite the AFL, but thats slightly misleading. The deal with the AFL is basically that the AFL pours money into Tassie, and in return the government provides sponsorship. In reality it is just another way for the AFL to subsidise Melbourne clubs.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Afl pours money in to tassie, you've never had to deal much with the afl, there are very good at making it look like it pours in money. Norths don't get that many supporters in either. The Tasmanian government would be better putting money into their own basketball team not ring inns.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Unlikely the current government will be in next season ;)

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D2  
Last year

Point is that the supposed sponsorship of Hawthorn and Norths is a sham. Its all part of an agreement, where the AFL agrees to pay for some stuff, and in return the government agrees to "sponsor" those teams. Just a backdoor method of diverting funds.

So sure, if LK is willing to pay for a bunch of stuff in Taswegia, I'm sure tje government could find some "sponsorship" for an NBL team.

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Paul  
Last year

Tassie might need to move to China if they want to get in.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Why's that Paul? Last I heard China wasn't an option.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Tassie's chances of getting into the NBL are getting closer. (Paywall article)

"THE Hobart Chargers are working on a business plan to take Tasmania back to the big league with the full consent of the NBL.

On Monday a consortium headed by Chargers president David Bartlett met in Melbourne to workshop the plan.

The NBL has made no guarantees but it is no secret it is looking to expand in the near future and has provided information and advice to the Chargers.

"I do get the feeling expansion is on the horizon so therefore time is of the essence and we have to position ourselves well because there will be plenty of others who want to be part of it as well," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said Hydraplay, a drinks bottle company owned by former Hobart Devils basketballer Justin Hickey, was willing to bankroll Tasmania's NBL push.

Aside from the pure finances of the plan, the consortium will also look at:

LOCATION: Should the NBL push be Tasmanian or Hobart?

BRANDING: Should it be the Devils, the Chargers or a completely new brand?

TEAMS: Should it be an NBL and WNBL push or just one team?

“Whatever happens, the Chargers’ success is critical to an NBL outcome and what the branding of what this thing will be I can’t predict at the moment,” Bartlett said.

“When we started our workshop on Monday this is some of the big questions on our long list we need to answer, and that’s certainly one of them.”

He said the Chargers were already making inroads into the NBL’s checklist set by league boss Larry Kestleman.

The three main requirements were a rich backer, stadium and attendances.

“We are looking like we’ve ticked the box in terms of a deep pocketed owner, we are working really hard to get bums on seats,” he said.

“The best things Tasmanians can do if they want an NBL franchise is to buy a ticket to a Chargers game.

“The league are looking to see how many are turning up to SEABL in Tasmania.

“Obviously we are not going to get 4000 to a SEABL game unless we get a final, but we need to be consistently getting 2000 to a SEABL game to show we can get 4000 to an NBL game.

“The stadium is another one of those big questions we need resolved. The DEC is the stadium, no doubt about it, but is the stadium NBL ready?

“I don’t believe it is at the moment.”

Many believe on the back of Australia’s impact on the NBA, Andrew Bogut’s return to the NBL and a push to return the league to free-to-air TV, the NBL is about to boom again."

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Anonymous  
Last month

Has to be Devils.

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AD  
Last month

No, its not like the Devils have a rich winning history.
They need to consider name, colours, and mascot as part of the whole marketing strategy.
In that regard I feel the big question is whether they run with "Hobart" or go for "Tasmania"

Finding a decent venue is one of their biggest challenges. They really need to hit the government up for a new one, closer to the CBD. Somewhere around the docks would be ideal.

The DEC is getting old, is barely big enough, and being a council venue will always struggle to stay modern.
The team will struggle enough to attract decent crowds, without being handicapped by a 3rd rate venue.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yes, has to be Devils.

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Anonymous  
Last month

NO guarantee it will be.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Interesting piece by Brent Costelloe of WINTV on the imminent return of a Tassie team. Its FB and I assume it's public? Video news article. Name and logo to be revealed shortly it says. I have heard it won't be the Devils.
https://www.facebook.com/brentcostelloesport/videos/1796759040631950/

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Anonymous  
Last month

Has to be Devils.

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AD  
Last month

Team will be called the Tasmanian Twins,
and the Mascot will have two heads

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Anonymous  
Last month

Nicknamed 'Double Up'

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AD  
Last month

At least they have the chance to capture Statewide support, as Tassie doesn't have as many major league teams.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Love the last century humour Ad. So pathetic.

Getting back on track the whole of Tassie is now united in supporting the NBL push. For idiots that make the terrible Tassie jokes here is the truth.
http://seabl.com.au/community-support-growing-for-tasmanian-basketball/

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