Crowd chants and color on NBL courts needs to improve.
The NBL is doing a good job in a lot of areas, but the small glaring issues I am seeing on TV at the moment are the incredibly lame crowd chants and the boring looking court designs.
It seems like every team's chant is "Let's go - insert team name - let's go," and "DE-FENCE" clap, clap, clap. When an NBA sideline reporter asked a Perth fan to do a Perth chant and he responded with one of these lame chants, they more or less laughed him off like "yes, very original". That is what most of the TV viewers will be thinking as well. it makes our league look tacky.
I understand that most new chants will be fan generated, but seeing as the chants directly affect the game night atmosphere and how the product looks and feels on TV, I think Kestleman needs to have a hand in directing the direction of this element of fan engagement, whether it be to start a competition between teams for the best new chants, or whatever it may be. Yes, my gripe with this may seem petty, but it is the small things that make a big difference, and frankly, the crowd bored the hell out of me from Illwarra last night. The crowd from TV didn't inspire me to want to be a part of them, and that means something when it comes to ticket sales and viewership. When you see a hyped soccer crowd, mexican waving, singing a song, whatever it is, you actually want to join in even if you can't bare the game of soccer.
And the courts look amateur, even moreso than before. My understanding was they called the key "the paint" because it was generally painted. They've taken the color out of the paint and left some ugly NBL logo down there. It lacks personality. I'd even be happy with a big ass sponsor logo in the key if it added a bit of color.