What if NBL & State Leagues Swapped Seasons?
World wide, b/ball is a winter sport.
We changed to be in calender sync with the NH (northern hemisphere) hence we play in our summer, at the same time as the north (Europe, USA).
There was also the arguement that by playing in summer, we avoided competition for fans with all of our football codes. Sure we still had cricket and tennis to compete with but they were more tournament style comps rather than season-long events.
All, excellent reasoning, for then (Late 80's/early 90's?)! What about now?
If our NBL and various state leagues swapped seasons,
(for the players & teams)
1. NBL players would be able to pursue off-season contracts in NH (northern .
2. More and (hopefully) even better imports in their off-seasons would be available for NBL.
3. More multi-season contracts for imports (they play 1st season here, the team wants them back, the import thinks of alternatives at that time of year, elsewhere in the world, not hard for them to choose Aust to return to.
4. Negative impact on pre-season schedules with NBA teams. 'Course, could become our end-of-season team trip and double as opportunity for checking out recruits/Aussies in college etc for following seasons.
5. I can't think of any changes for our home leagues, domestically.
6. Boomers would be free of NBL responsibilities. Could maybe play internationals without disruption.
7. May impact on AFL's future involvement in NBL (been very quite, on that one, lately!)
8. The focus on Oz basketball would increase world wide. NBL could well be the best league in the world at that time of year.
(for everyone else)
a. Aussie fans could have a feast of it all year long.
b. Basketball is scheduled throughout the week now. The football codes are still usually weekends so head-to-head comp for fans not so critical now.