Anonymous
Last year

Time to bring back the Tigers

Who else thinks it is time to bring back the most iconic and recognisable team of the NBL?

Enough is enough.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Great argument. I'm sold!

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Blerg  
Last year

Rebrand. Invest. Grow. Market. Sell out a 10,000 seat venue. Deliver on Court success. Revert to what they were when they played out of a 3500 seat stadium.

Sounds like a sound business plan. Definitely more important to appeal to the failed past than to grow for a sustainable future.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Tigers are dead. Long live the Tigers.

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SteveK2  
Last year

If they can bring back the Kings & Bullets, its certainly possible if the right business situation appears but I doubt LK will easily allow the extrication process.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Former Tigers fans are worse than Wildcats fans.

Move on from the glory days of the 90s

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Anonymous  
Last year

Former Tigers fans are worse than Wildcats fans.

Move on from the glory days of the 90s

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Anonymous  
Last year

The Tigers owe the Gazes a lot of money. United doesnt.

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Very Old  
Last year

Tigers were strongly against the formation of the NBL saying it would be bad for Oz basketball. Then after they were getting beat in the VBL , they managed to get the league to expand to 20+ teams and get in. Then mediocre performances both on and off the court for decades until they got lucky with Bradke and other local and OS imports for a few years, then fell over. never supported their women much, did little for the league as a whole, and they are "ICONIC".

Best left where they are IMHO

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Jarra  
Last year

Thought the United license is the old Tigers one, so not a chance?

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lel  
Last year

"Kestelman and Slepoy retain ownership of the Tigers identity at a professional level, ending any chance of a team called the Tigers emerging in the NBL."

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/tigers-turn-united-in-hope-of-galvanising-the-community-20140520-zrie9.html

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Hoopie  
Last year

While Tigers had a large loyal fan base, there were a lot of Melbourne fans who hated them for surviving when the other Melbourne teams didn't.

The NBL mis-calculated how many of those fans would go over to supporting Tigers instead of Giants, Magic, etc

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Anonymous  
Last year

I stopped when the Giants ceased, briefly supported the Dragons, then came to the fold with united. Better than a poke in the eye, which is better than supporting the tigers.

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Anonymous  
Last year

If LK has the rights to the tigers and he sees it of benefit to the league to bring them back then why not? Time to bring them back

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Matt  
Last year

SEABL is where there future lies. Maybe LK could sell there rights which would be good and if the NBL in like 30 years is promo/relegation then maybe..
Also didn't know the Tigers owe the Gazes money so are they on bad terms with the Gaze family now?
Sydney Supersonics would be awesome to bring back ala La Lakers/ala La Clippers style. Kings vs Sydney supersonics has a good ring to it. But i think the kings own the supersonics licence to now. But be good if the supersonics could come back.. I reckon Nth QLD will get a combined team ala Nth QLD Cowboys, change name to Crocs ditch Taipans. The casual cairns sports fan will get behind a team called the Nth QLD Crocs.. LK wanted that anyway a merger with crocs

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twenty four  
Last year

Bring back the Sydney Spirit.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hobart Tigers. Done.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Even if the Tigers did come back who would support them? They didn't sell out the Cage and now with United clearly more popular than the former Tigers who would go back to them. Yes you would have the diehard fans but thats not enough as we have seen to keep the team profitable and filling a stadium. Better to let the Tigers brand stay buried and build a new second Melbourne team when the time comes that can represent a region of the state and not piss off the local associations.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Seabl tigers with gaze and co are strugling financially and talent wise and cannot get a following. Was the same when they were BigV. All their elite juniors are now at kilsyth. How is it going to improve at a higher level?

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Proud  
Last year

I'd rather see Geelong Supercats returning so you have the Melbourne vs Rural Victoria vibe (perhaps they could play games in Bendigo too) so I'm sure that would work.

I see a lot of crap spoken above but nobody has suggested how much the Tigers license is worth, if LK was to be interested in parting with the license then how much do you think it would take ?

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Todd  
Last year

Bring back the Westside Wildcats

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gelder  
Last year

Geelong, bigger and the sport is more popular than 30 years ago.
Would be more viable than adding a Melb s/e franchise out of Knox/Dandy/Kilsyth. Taking United Fans.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I agree a Geelong team would be well supported (a partnership with the AFL team would be a great idea) but does it have the financial backing to get it over the line and to LK's criteria?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Never read so much shit in one thread. Tigers are screwed. In any way shape or form. Any seabl or above level. "The Gaze's are owed money! OK. What's the point? Gaze and the Seabl side? He;s left that behind. Seabl Tigers have no money we all know that.
Geelong have stated for years they dont want to be back in the NBL.
Matt please give it up.

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Slopernator  
Last year

"The casual cairns sports fan will get behind a team called the Nth QLD Crocs.. "

Anyone who thinks this is desperately mistaken. Anyone who has spent any time at all in NQ knows of the antipathy and disregard both cities have for each other.

Townsville effectively gave up on basketball when economic conditions put the pump on the city, to suggest they should be resurrected and combined with a Cairns team that posts a profit (albeit marginal) is fairly far gone.

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Anonymous  
Last year

This is the issue with the NBL, teams/clubs come and go to frequently. There needs to be more long term franchises to keep the fans.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Bring back the Tigers?
They never went away in the first place. They just changed their name and distanced themselves from their past in order to lose a hell of a lot of baggage and actually be appealing to support.
But hey if you want to go back to the days of playing in the world's sporting capital yet having hardly any fans then go for it I guess.

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Matt  
Last year

Slopernator,

In the NRL the Cowboys do play games in Cairns the Nth QLD Cowboys do have a large fan base in Cairns despite any rivalry it might have in the Cairns vs Townsville divide or Nth QLD bragging rights etc..

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Craig  
Last year

I often wonder if it would work to have a second WA Based team, how much it would take away from the Perth Wildcats fan base.

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FM  
Last year

People didn't hate the Melb Tigers because of the NBL. Most people hated them because they were known to be poachers. Would offer all the best kids across Victoria a spot on their rep side. The other bigger clubs hated losing their best kids after they spent the time developing the fundamentals in the first place.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Come in an called the Bengals, same colours just different name.

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Jumpshot  
Last year

Please bring back the Tigers, and take Gaze back to melbourne with you.

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