Anonymous
Earlier this year

Phoenix to Magic. United to Tigers.

Let's get it done. We need a petition to bring back these household names.

Melbourne Tigers and South East Melbourne Magic.

Much better.

Who cares if tigers had a toxic culture. Can’t be as toxic as United’s. Let’s be honest- Phoenix is a silly name.

Make it happen LK.

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Alex  
Earlier this year

I 100% agree, both with rich history.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No, no, no.

It wasn't about a toxic culture, it was about brand appeal. The Tigers brand simply didn't appeal to many who have to play against them at rep level week in week out. It was a cap on their potential supporter base.

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KET  
Earlier this year

#CoronaBoredom

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Could get a million signatures but its never going to happen.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why are the name changes so dam important?

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Alex  
Earlier this year

I messaged LK it better sink in, we need a petition guys!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Let it go Alex.
2020 now bud.

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Will  
Earlier this year

Bring both back!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Alex is feeling the isolation more than most. Thinking of you bud.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The Tigers had a toxic culture? Are you serious?

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

Tigers never left, their banners still hang at United home games.

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David  
Earlier this year

NBL in the 90's were the best.
#bringthemback

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Games never been better than last season. Even nba clubs change names and move cities. It happens sometimes to get progress.

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Alex  
Earlier this year

I think if Phoenix chose Magic especially with the their history, they would of had more members.

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orbit  
Earlier this year

Yeah naaahh

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

They could have cashed in on the Tiger King fandom

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

South East Melbourne Phoenix barely get 3,000 spectators a game.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I agree, but you gotta let it go I'm afraid. There is zero continuity in the NBL. So many teams have come and gone and come back again and then gone again. So many imports have cycled through for 1 or 2 years on 2 different teams then gone forever. All the best Aussies are playing overseas - maybe some start in NBL but they're gone too. The uniforms change every season or two. There is nothing that connects the league to its history. It's like most of it never happened.

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KET  
Earlier this year

South East Melbourne Phoenix barely get 3,000 spectators a game.


They did better than that!

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Bol  
Earlier this year

Even if you loved them or hated them i remembered as a kid the magic and the tigers were great brands with passionate supporters which even as an opposition supporter i really liked. Now United feels like it has no identity of its own and its branding is unappealing also.

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Max  
Earlier this year

Spectres..!

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Anon  
Earlier this year

Razorbacks please. Get rid of Kings.

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hoopie  
Earlier this year

Bol +1

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

The Magic were the team I feared most.

Mackinnon, Rose, Ronaldson and I think Smith, those teams they had were damn good.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

With participation so high, why are there low spectator numbers? AFL take a large percentage but surely there's families that prefer basketball. Is it cost? Politics with no club loyalty?
I can't workout why netball isn't a Spector powerhouse, such high participation in juniors but nowhere near to football.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

AFL and NBL spectator number do not have any direct correlation as one sport is winter and one is summer so already the poster loses all credibility

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Bol, are you from Melbourne?

I think for people outside of Melbourne the Tigers is a great brand. But in Melbourne having a team that plays locally put a ceiling on support. The brand was hindering growth.

United isn't steeped in the history the Tigers had, that was a feature, not a flaw. And judging by the numbers it has worked.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tigers are more likely to be back then Magic, how about North Melbourne Giants?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Can't believe Sydney Kings got their license back.

I can see the Razorbacks coming back to the NBL because Western Sydney is booming and still growing. Look at WSW in A-League, if they can get support the Razorbacks are more likely then Tigers or Magic.

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ME  
Earlier this year

Phoenix to the Magic, yes. But United to Tigers, no. Phoenix doesn't really have a fan-base yet whereas the Magic still has a very loyal fanbase; whereas United is successful as they are.

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Yinka Dare  
Earlier this year

The whole Phoenix name was a terrible idea to start with. Not sure how that got approved. It doesn't appeal to anyone, especially kids. Should have just used magic or a better name.

Keep united as united

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Alex  
Earlier this year

I remember South East Melbourne having survey for the public to come up with the teams name.

I have a feeling Tommy Greer and the owners didn't listen any of the public’s names.

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Slopernator  
Earlier this year

Were there issues with NBA copyright and using Magic? As in the same issue that prevented the GC from using 'Heat' and TVL changing from Suns to Crocs? I'd imagine at the very least there might have been a royalty payment that the owners were trying to avoid?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Is that because your suggestion wasn't selected Alex?.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

As in the same issue that prevented the GC from using 'Heat' and TVL changing from Suns to Crocs?
The Suns thing was made up. Never actually happened.

Why do people think the NBA can own names globally?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Because hoops.com.au

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I have also seen the Tiger banners hanging at Melbourne United home games.

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Alex  
Earlier this year

Yeah I see the Tiger banners at the games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Jeez the Razorbacks. PLease no. Pretty sure they had a published crowd once of 900. Whoch would have been an exageration of 700.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Bring back the Crocs!

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Maxx  
Earlier this year

Ah yes, the good ole days...

Saints, Cannons, Spectres, Bearcats, Falcons, Bruins, Supersonics, Cats, Devils, Warriors , Westars, Eagles and the Tigers...

Except in the ole days the Tigers were from Glenelg, and later on they were from Launceston.. :)

Who remembers the City of Sydney Astronauts..

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Launceston Tigers? Piss off. You really know nothing about the ol day just guessing it seems. Launceston Casino City. Keep trying...

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Casino City were the sponsors. Tigers was Launceston's nickname.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

They used the format rather than to be more specific, but they were definitely the Tigers.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

They used the format of location/sponsor rather than location/nickname to be more specific, but they were definitely the Tigers.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

I've seen them referred to as the Lions in a couple of places, IIRC.

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Maxx  
Earlier this year

Anon, not guessing, I was actually there... They won the NBL in 1981...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Covid19 is affecting many things.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Google 1981 NBL

Champion: Launceston Casino City Tigers

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Thanks ket.

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Alex  
Earlier this year

Crazy they even had a team and won.

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UseTaHoop  
Earlier this year

Bring back Bankstown Bruins.



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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yeah they can play in the Whitlam Centre.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

OK. I spoke to the former secretary of the Launceston City Casino side. Tigers were the local teams name and he tells me that at no stage was the word Tigers ever used in conjunction with Launceston Casino City. The Launceston Tigers played in the SEABL until 2002? He was at the game and has a program from the game. Maxx if you have the program still take a pic. This guy has it somewhere but that's anyone's guess. He said he will find it, so here's hoping he will. I should ask Cliff Martin he would know 100%. The Fuzzy Bear.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Thanks Koberulz:) x.

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koberulz  
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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I knew it was the Lions.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why does Wikipedia say Launceston City Casino Tigers and not Lions?

I'm confused now.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

As far as I can tell they were the Launceston Casino City Tigers until after the 1982 season, at which point they lost Casino City, changed their name to the Lions, and then withdrew from the league/folded before the season even started, with Devonport rushed in to replace them.

The above photo, which lists Ruthergien as the sponsor, is from the 1983 NBL Media Guide.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Interesting. Didn't know about their 1983 aborted season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tigers was never in their name.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Interesting, Lions sound much better

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tassie Lions sounds good ;)

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David  
Earlier this year

AFL's GWS has the Giants name so you may have a legal tussle there if you wanted to bring the Giants back.

People are forgetting the reason the Tigers name was given the flick. The Tigers junior club had kids with rich parents who would send their kids to private schools and their kids had a silver spoon in their mouth. Apparently the resentment of them from the rest of the basketball community stopped them supporting the Tigers brand on that basis alone. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's the reason I read in an article at the time why they went ahead with the name change.

Magic was a great team and a great name. But I'm not confident the name has left its mark on Melbourne, like the Bullets and the Kings have on their respected cities. I tend to think the threat of a legal tussle with the NBA likely probably turned them off going down that path. I vaguely remember reading however the NBA objections of South East Melbourne back in the day using the name 'Magic' was defeated in the courts because they ruled no organisation should have copyright on the name 'Magic'. But it's only vague recollection reading an article and once again I could be wrong.

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koberulz  
Earlier this year

AFL's GWS has the Giants name so you may have a legal tussle there if you wanted to bring the Giants back.
Why do people not understand how trademark law works?

They have it for football. Nothing else.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Why are you surprised? It's hoops.com.au

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