"Tasmanian Apple Crumbles
Colours red and green."
Crumbles taken already.
I also don't like the connotation that the team will crumble. The NBL needs every team to be competitive, and for every fan to turn up or tune in to matches each season thinking their team is a good chance to make the finals deep into the regular season.
The AFL do this through the draft, with each team having ups and downs in turn. It’s artificial in some respects, but look at the crowds, tv audience and sponsorships. The AFL is a behemoth that the the NBL will never match, but we should be aiming to emulate them on a much smaller scale. On Qld/NSW border, I’ve now seen ads for a rugby league modified program. It’s obviously a copy of the Auskick program, but the main sponsor is...
The NRL. To me, this reads as rugby league being so worried about AFL’s rise in league heartland that they are spending their own money. NAB Auskick is fully funded by NAB. Even the insurance is subsidised with NAB money. It’s a way of hooking young kids (and their parents) in to become their future fans and consumers.
If the NBL can grow enough, we might see little kids doing cheap basketball programs with local clubs providing coaches, and NBL sending players out to junior coaching sessions to help and promote the game. Smaller scale, but it’s the best model I’ve known in junior sport.