Sick of reading the ill-informed takes on the "governance issue".
He owned Melbourne United first, the league almost fell, he then props up the league but does not sell of Melbourne United because no one would buy it yet. He brings the league and the team to a level where people will actually buy it, he puts it up for sale, but then fans complain because fucking "waa waaa he owns the league and a team!"
LK has literally put his money where his mouth is. He's propping up teams and he is not making a single dollar from any of this. He is not gaining anything. He's basically running the NBL as a charity. How anyone even dare speak ill of him is beyond me. Australian basketball fans should be building shrines to the guy, not bemoaning him because the transition hasn't been absolutely perfect in every minute little detail.
IF AFL teams wont buy in, bugger them. They had absolutely zero interest before LK took over so to pretend LK is the reason they wont do it now is absurd because his work is the reason they took an interest in the first place.
And now to mock some of your comments:
"For all those who love to prattle on about everything LK has supposedly done for the league,
explain to me what exactly we have now, that we wouldn't have without him?"
I'll begin - a league.
"Even assuming that without him the NBL made no changes.
And I'll give you a help, here are some things he doesn't get credit for:
Brisbane. Plans to bring back the bullets were already well down the track, including proposals that would not have required league ownership."
There were also plans to take man back to the moon. Plans don't mean a lot. LK put his money out there and did it. If he didn't, we'd still be talking about plans.
"Better quality" or any other subjective judgements.
There's no doubt that allowing Sydney to massively overspend, along with bigger spends from United, Perth, and Adelaide has attracted a better standard of import. So what? I don't love my team any greater because of that, its not something LK gets direct credit for anyway, except for the rule change, and we have yet to see if that's sustainable."
So he doesn't get credit for it despite bringing about the changes that made it happen? Wanna run that by me again champ?
"Saving Townsville. Well yeah, didn't take long to break that promise."
I'm gonna bet you're one of those ones who doesn't like LK owning teams, yet you think he should've saved Townsville, which basically would have meant he would have had to do what he did with Brisbane, and hence would have set off little whingers like yourself. NEWS FLASH - Townsville dropped the Crocs. It wasn't working. When a limb grows gangrene you eventually cut it off for the health of the rest of the body. Townsville was gangrene.
"Shared Services. Yep, never happened."
Not everything works as planned. And sometimes when you're actually in a leadership role you have to change decisions and prioritize some things over others.
"FTA coverage. Not sure what we would have got without LK, but considering he promised to get every game on FTA, he's fallen a long way short."
LK Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever promised every game on FTA. No one in their right mind would ever think that would be a possibility. AFL doesn't have it, we'll never have it. To think he promised it is dumb, and to think he fell short because he didn't deliver it is even dumber. THE AFL DOESN"T EVEN HAVE IT!
"Expansion. Well yeah, three years of him talking shit, and still nothing to show for it"
Except Brisbane coming back, Sydney shoring up, Melbourne building crowds, Adelaide building crowds, and all the major cities doing better with crowds, increased viewership, increased interest from businesses, increased sponsorship, AFL teams interested in buying in, and big consortiums buying teams like New Zealand. Yeah, nothing to show for it. And the fact that SE Melbourne is back next year is nothing to show for it too.