"Since that first game that got big ratings the average on Go has been closer to 30,000."
Yeah, this is hogwash. I've emailed Mediaweek and I've emailed TV Tonight and all the various places that usually compile ratings and none of them can actually nail down the 9Go ratings or find them, so I am pretty hesitant to believe a random anonymous account that doesn't name a source over the people whose job it is to know this stuff.
At best, you're confusing the 9Go numbers with the Fox Sports numbers, which have been between 33 (highest) and 26 (lowest) thousand views. And there is no question that it is going to do better on FTA than Fox Sports, even if people flick by by accident.
"At the HEIGHT of its Golden Age in the 1990's, When NBL players were household names, we had double the teams, FTA was the only game in town, and we had major investment and cross-promotion from Channel 10...
they STILL could not make it financially viable."
Umm, it was financially viable. It was doing just fine. Sure, some teams couldn't survive but that's a fact even for the AFL. But it wasn't until TV interest died in the ass around 2000 that the whole thing dropped.
"Even if we by into the infantile notion that "the NBL is better than it's ever been, ever", and that somehow LK can turn a profit on the telecasts,
WTF would you gamble the future of the league on that model?"
AFL is relying mainly on telecasts. Would you say they're "gambling their future"? What a ridiculous thing to say.
"Especially when it clearly in direct opposition to what LK is trying to establish?
What exactly about the current structure of the league could possible induce you into thinking LK wants a pissant league supported by a few crumbs from Channel nine?""
A few crumbs from Channel Nine? You mean potentially tens of millions by the end of the three year deal, vs the LITERALLY NOTHING the league is making at the moment, relying almost entirely on crowds alone? What you forget is that for the past few years the NBL has been getting great crowds, and those great crowds have not led to this sustainability so it's bizarre to me that you think suddenly they will, just because ONE team - Perth - was able to do it, in a city that has a massive arena they can fill.
" Even if you could get a TV deal that supported the league, you'd risk losing the whole league when it periodically dried up."
Risks. They exist. They exist even if we only concentrated on bums on seats. Deal with it. Some big sporting team from another league could pop up in Perth and completely destroy the Wildcats. An asteroid could hit tomorrow.
"sn't that exactly what he is doing with the Brisbane Bullets? They're pretty much the GSW Giants of the NBL right now. They don't exist due to local fan demand or because they're a profitable entity, they exist because the league created them for bigger picture, league-wide reasons. "
Bingo. The sole, and only reason Brisbane exists is for sponsorship dollars and TV opportunities. That is it.