Fantastic to see the fixes out and a vast improvement on last year.
The WNBL has quite a complex history. Even its recent history is quite complex. Every club seems to fluctuate from barely surviving to the outward appearance of prospering.
The reality is every team is on the up and down roller coaster of financial struggles.
The suggestion to combine teams with NBL teams is not new. And Congratulations to the teams that are doing that successfully.
Unfortunately. No WNBL team generates positive cash flow on a consistent basis. They may generate a slim margin for one or 2 seasons and then it's back into cost management and financial struggles.
Larry Kestleman has been truly amazing for the NBL. Under his leadership and massive cash injections. The league has managed to recover from the dire straits, it was facing.
To suggest that Larry has the interest in the WNBL is a little bit of a stretch. There was actually an opportunity for him to be involved. When Bulleen was creating the second entity of Melbourne Boomers. This is prior to the announcement of the Melbourne United name. There were conversations between Bulleen Boomers and Melbourne Tigers, Larry, about the transfer of the WNBL team and the boomers name to Melbourne Tigers. Perhaps we could have been seeing a Melbourne Boomers Men's team.
Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately depending upon your viewpoint, the conversations broke down and Melbourne Boomers continues as an independent WNBL entity.
If you've been to any of the recent Melbourne Boomers home games and witnessed the level of spectator growth predominantly young girls. It can be easily argued that the 2012 Bulleen strategy has been a success. The women's game is not and should not be a curtain raiser for men's sport.