Anonymous
Earlier this year

NBL expansion options

It's been a while since this has been discussed. Here’s my thoughts:

Remain:
Sydney Kings
South East Melbourne Phoenix (change name to Magic)
Perth Wildcats
Adelaide 36ers
NZ Breakers
Cairns Taipans
Brisbane Bullets

Change:
Melbourne United -> Melbourne Tigers
Illawarra Hawks -> Canberra Hawks

In:
Wellington
Tasmania

Long term: Bendigo

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No..

Hobart devils preferably - team 10
Nz Breakers become Auckland
Bring in wellington saints - team 11
Canberra cannons return, ais arena upgrade - team 12
Geelong ? - team 13
Newcastle Hunters - team 14
Gold Coast ? - 15
Nz 3 - South Island locale - 16
Townsville Crocs - 17
Western Sydney ? -18
Sunshine Coast ? - 19
Darwin ? - 20

Maxed out, no more teams rams possible.


Happy to change united to tigers.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Stop it

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Mystro  
Earlier this year

Gold Coast failed before and will no doubt fail again.
The Wellington Saints owner may no longer be interested after the league snubbed his previous bid for inclusion.

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Yinka Dare  
Earlier this year

There is no way Melb United would change back to the tigers, especially from a marketing viewpoint. Tigers brand was getting 3500 to games while the change to United has bought in new fans. No one would risk alienating fans to go back to the tigers.

The Phoenix name was stupid to begin with. I'm sure they thought it was great at the time. Maybe they couldn’t use the magic name due to Orlando.

Can’t see any expansion in Victoria but can’t see Bendigo ever getting a team. Geelong would surely be ahead if they wanted a team. Proven sports culture there and population could possibly support a team.

Tassie and Wellington look the best options. However even Tasmania I’m not sure. Surely you call them Tasmania and not Hobart.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The AFL can't even profit off Gold Coast. It’s a no go for sports.

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Andrew  
Earlier this year

Gold Coast is a black hole for sporting teams. The talent pool isn't big enough for more teams.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yeah, Melbournes united aren't changing the with name. SE Melbourne aren’t changing their name. A small group of people craving nostalgia isn’t a legitimate reason to rebrand (especially when United’s rebranding from the Tigers has been so incredibly successful)

Likewise with the Hawks. They won’t relocate. They’re having a bad patch at the moment but all clubs have their ups and downs. More likely they’d be solid so somebody with the cash to invest in them than be relocated to Canberra, a market so poor that it struggled to sustain a SEABL team.

All that happens from here isn’t Tasmania get a team, and Wellington get a team. The rest is take as it comes.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

The OP trying to be funny.
Expansion is talked about daily.

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Todd  
Earlier this year

People competitions with even amount of teams but in terms of basketball it doesn't matter much in terms of fixturing.

28 game season seems to me about right.

12 teams should be the aim.

Hobart, Canberra, and Western Sydney are the most likely locations.

North conference
Brisbane
Cairns
Western Sydney
Sydney
Illawarra
Canberra

West Conference
Perth
Adelaide
Auckland
Melbourne
South East Melbourne
Hobart







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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

I hope you meant South conference Todd.
For Auckland especially.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Hate conferences. Bad idea all round, sorry.

With NBL expansion are are definitely limited scenarios. 10-12 gives the variety where if they fixture right, we don't need to see teams facing off against each other three times in three weeks or whatever.

Sustainable expansion needs to be met with solid foundations. Illawarra needs to be sorted out one way or another; Brisbane needs to progress; Adelaide needs to keep progressing; Cairns needs a way of getting greater capital; NZ needs their ownership to mature.

I’m confident Adelaide, Brisbane, NZ will be fine, hopeful Cairns can lure that extra capital. Hawks we don’t want them ending up like Townsville at the end.

Of course Phoenix still need to establish themselves they’re only a season in.

Tasmania 2021/22 makes sense.

If Illawarra gets it together, makes it easier to go to 12 teams. If they need to shift or withdraw then we are looking at a 10 team comp probably the next 6-10 years.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I know this expansion thread keeps coming up and I've never commented on them but here’s my two cents along with some other ideas...

I too like the idea of an eventual 12 team comp. However, with Australia/NZ’s population and the talent base of NBL level players, I think that’s the absolute maximum amount of teams or you begin to seriously dilute the standard of play.

I also like the idea of a 2 conference system. This has some benefits commercially for reducing travel costs which can be managed by the league office for the teams with greater travel costs (Perth, Cairns, NZB and eventually NZ2).. However, I’m not sure why many have suggested east/west conference naming.. That’s just a copy of the NBA and we need to come up with something more creative... perhaps NBL legend names or something different again.

Once we have the 12 teams, perhaps it could be something like this...

Bradtke Conference

- Melbourne
- SE Melbourne
- Hobart
- New Zealand
- New Zealand 2 - Wellington?
- Adelaide

Loggins Conference

- Sydney
- Western Sydney
- Brisbane
- Cairns
- Perth
- Canberra/Illawarra/Newcastle

Each conference team plays each other twice home & away and the other conference’s teams once home and away = 32 game schedule

Other ideas

- Finals
- For existing 9 team league - Add the Cam Luke suggested 4/5 elimination game
- For 10 team league move to 6 team finals. You could even make it 7 and have 6/7 elimination game,
- With 12 teams move to 8 teams in finals. As the conferences would be established now, it should be the top 8 teams, regardless of conference
- Preseason
- Replace preseason Blitz with 2-3 week elimination tournament (like NCAA)... seedings based on prev. year
- Teams limited to 3 additional games outside of this tournament (can be against other NBL sides or travelling NCAA/college teams)
- Imports & Next Star
- Keep 3 x import rule and 1 x Next star but minimum of 2 x locals must be starters. If next star starts, 3rd import can come off bench
- Next stars rule expansion
- Can be straight out of high school
- Draft and stash
- First year pro’s (if undrafted) - this will help the small market teams
Salary Cap
- Published salaries
- Set Hard Cap (outside of Marquee’s below, teams must be no higher than cap)
- Establish 2 x Marquee Player rule which doesn’t count towards cap
- Can be 2 x locals but max of 1 x Import
- Tax on Marquee’s assigned to league to support smaller market teams for next stars players
- Building Longterm League Culture
- Legend names for 2 of the other major individual awards
- Defensive Player of the Year - Damian Martyn Medal
- 6th man of the Year - Mike McKay Medal (1st winner) or Stephen Hoare medal (only 2 time winner)
- Get some good designers to improve the playing uniforms (also fix the colour issues for home (light) & aways (dark))
- Improve standard of officiating
- Improve commentary team

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Baller#3  
Earlier this year

Why anyone thinks more than 12 teams is a good idea I'll never get. With 10-12 teams I'd like to see each team playing each other 3 times (27, 30, 33 game schedule).

If all current teams stay then I'd like tasmania to come in 2021/22, Wellington to come in a couple years later. Only add a 12th team if and when the demand is there.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Odd number of games is no good obviously

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We aren't LK so lets stop these silly threads

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

Gold Coast is a real funny area. Any sporting team fails there, regardless of the sport.

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CT  
Earlier this year

+ Hobart is enough.

10 teams is enough for the next 5-10 years

Rather have 10 teams with strong crowds and the same compact schedule.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

The Phoenix name was stupid to begin with. I'm sure they thought it was great at the time. Maybe they couldn't use the magic name due to Orlando.

Phoenix is lame but at least it continues the mythical-themed names of the previous SEM-based clubs: Saints/Spectres/Giants/Magic/Titans/Dragons.

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KET  
Earlier this year

+ Tasmania
Try to consolidate Illawarra

10 teams, 28 games play main rival 4 times everyone else 3 times ie Perth v Adelaide; Melbourne v SEM; Brisbane v Cairns, Sydney v Illawarra; Tassie v NZ

Top 5, adding the elimination game 4 v 5 so that it doesn't extend the playoffs more than a few days like I’ve been advocating

Too easy

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

12 teams, Wellington and Canberra, stop for a while.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Not Gold Coast.

The largest employer by a long way is the Council. Where does the local sponsorship, and hospitality suite sales, going to come from.

If a local independent supermarket can pay for a hospitality suite at an AFL game for a Christmas party for staff, there can't be too much corporate support, and the AFL has more corporate support than any other sport in Australia.

Party town atmosphere doesn’t help athletes focus either. I’d love to go to games there, but it would be death to any team.


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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Get rid of Adelaide and move them to Mount Gambier.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Hahah trollol

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Play more games, start season two weeks earlier, ten teams, play all sides four times. 36 matches home and away, play from Thursday to Monday.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why do people keep saying Canberra? They can't afford the old SEABL competition or thenew NBL1. A basketcase.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Why on earth are people insisting on more than 50% of league participants being in playoffs.
8 from 12. Fuck that.

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Three to Make Two  
Earlier this year

As a Hawks fan, I could be accused of bias, but I'm not sure of the OP's justification. He/she hasn't stated his/her criteria but it seems to lack any objectivity.

Looking at the list he (from now on I will use "he" in a no=gender specific sense) is looking to retain teams who have gone bankrupt in the last few years. He is looking at giving the Hawks licence to another former franchise who went broke.

We don't have a relegation system like EPL so, just coming last isn't a reason to boot teams. Otherwise, there's a few teams in OP's list who wouldn't be here (Cairns, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane).

If it's about financial viability, AFAIK Hawks are still liquid. Maybe not as rich as other teams, don't have a big a budget, but still a solvent business. And despite the small budget and current ladder position, astute observers will see that the Hawks have had several close games and have beaten the league leader. Also, they have made finals and GF several times in the last 10 years. So, they are generally competitive and each year, someone will be last, so that is not a reason to boot teams.

As a long term fan, I would like to see more teams in the league. I actually agree that Canberra should have a team, but not at the expense of the Hawks. They have a strong junior program and several domestic comps, and a decent-sized quite affluent population. I would like Hobart/Tassie to have a team. I can't understand why, as a capital city, they couldn't retain a team. They only need to be as financially viable as the Hawks.

TLDR: there is no rationale to boot the only remaining Foundation club but add a couple more.

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Yinka Dare  
Earlier this year

Phoenix is lame but at least it continues the mythical-themed names of the previous SEM-based clubs: Saints/Spectres/Giants/Magic/Titans/Dragons.


Giants were north Melbourne.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Then giants and magic became Titans making Giants part of the ownership chain that my brother is talking about.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

To the OP, please note the following:
1) Constantly saying "this hasn't been discussed for a while" doesn't make it true.
2) Nor does it stop you being a twat.
3) Repeatedly starting new threads just so you can have the first post, doesn't make your absurd opinions (eg an NBL team in Bendigo) any less retarded than the last 50 times you posted it.
4) You might as well just adopt the name "Bendigo Muppet-Troll" because you're not convincing anyone.

Please just stop

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Perthworlds Possible Fat  
Earlier this year

More than 50% in finals - maintains interest for more longer.
Nbl needs to look to Darwin.

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Perthworld's big brother  
Earlier this year

Perthworld's possible fat.
Cool username there just go easy on my brother he is special.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Giants were north Melbourne.

I was referring to Giants v2 who were the renamed Titans (formed from Giants-Magic merger) thus continuing the SEM line.

Was it Dusty Rychart who was recruited by the nasty el cheapo version of the Giants and given a clapped-out car by Fiddes? Fast forward twenty years later and some teams have a personal chef named Angelo. How times have changed.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tassie has a new Premier and of today. Peter Gutwien. He's the dude who's been negotiation with Kestleman since the srart of the DEC stuff.

He said in his presser on his appointment as part of his speech that "WE can and will find a way for people to play in National Competitons" Sounds very positive and here's hoping the announcment will be made soon. There is only 6 weeks left to get it done.

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

He said in his presser on his appointment as part of his speech that "WE can and will find a way for people to play in National Competitons"

Translation: "We are playing LK off against the AFL to see who will give us the most money, with the likely end result that Neither will have a team in Tasmania."

The Tassie pollies keep making noise about an AFL team. The AFL won't give them one, but instead will offer more indirect subsidies to keep the Hawks and Norf playing games there.

We just have to hope that the AFL don't see a Tasmanian NBL team as an actual threat.
And that LK doesn't get distracted from his goal by all the politicking.

The only problem I see, is that last I heard KL's model relied on the government tipping in cash on an annual basis.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The afl crowds for north's have been crap in Hobart and hawks at Launceston average. Tasmania wants it’s own afl team and the supporters from Melbourne heading to either venue gets less as once you done it once or twice the novelty has worn off.

Bring in a Tasmanian basketball team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Man when you say "Translation: "We are playing LK off against the AFL to see who will give us the most money, with the likely end result that Neither will have a team in Tasmania." You really show you nothing about the sporting machinations in Tasmania.
You whole post if full of incorrect statements. Do some research Dazz before gobbing off again.
The you top it off with "The only problem I see, is that last I heard KL's model relied on the government tipping in cash on an annual basis."
It's LK and BTW the local council the current Government and the Feds ahve all agreed they will contribute to the upgrade of the DEC.
Dazz if you don't know nothing about the subject please don't comment.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why would people go and see Hawthorn or the Roos play if they aren't fans of those clubs...yeah maybe to go to an AFL game but realistically there aren’t that many people who’d go to a game just because it’s an AFL game

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Don't tell the 15,000 people who do with many travelling from interstate to see "their" team. Any AFL in Tassie is better than none and many locals do indeed go. Will Tassie ever get an AFL side? Extremely unlikely.

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

"You really show you nothing about the sporting machinations in Tasmania."

I know how politics works, and I know how the AFL props up its two teams that play in Tassie. Clearly two things I guess you know nothing about.

"You whole post if full of incorrect statements."

OK, name one.

"It's LK and BTW the local council the current Government and the Feds ahve all agreed they will contribute to the upgrade of the DEC."

Firstly, get your mummy to tell your teacher, that your punctuation needs a lot of work.
Secondly, who said anything about the fucking DEC?
As I said, "The only problem I see, is that last I heard KL's (sic) model relied on the government tipping in cash on an annual basis."

Since your English Comprehension is also sub-par (another note from your mummy required) I'll spell it out for you:
At one point it was was reported that LK was seeking an ongoing subsidy from the State Government to run the NBL team. IIRC the amount was $1.5M pa.
As it stands, I don't know if that requirement has changed? (That's where the "last I heard" part of my statement comes in.)

Requiring a subsidy from the government makes sense. A Tasmanian team will not draw the crowds or the sponsorship of a bigger city, so an extra $1.5M could keep them very competitive.
The only issue is that it makes the team dependent on the continued goodwill of the politicians, and pollies are about as trustworthy as a dog guarding your lamb-chops.

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KET  
Earlier this year

It's getting testy

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The Tasmanian government props up no.th the afl teams at cost a lot more than 1.5 million that LK is asking if true. Basketball is a very popular sport in Tasmania.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"It's getting testy"

Bruce is Tasmanian.

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Reality  
Earlier this year

Change in state government leaders could be a negative or positive...

I'd suggest its a Massive positive as they'll want to make a splash for the state of tassie and put a mark on a big event/announcement!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Man you are a serial stalker Matt. Boards breaker and Stalker. Are you really that obsessed? Better get a life man. I am not Tasmanian.

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