Well there were a few articles going around about the Stan/Nine deal and the going word on the street was that it was worth 20 million per season.
Now, 20 million a season in the sport's world is not a lot. But for the NBL, that would bring them up to about break-even for the league, and would allow for them to take more risks and potentially spend more money.
There's obviously no update as to whether a deal has been reached - how could their be? But Ten has taken the Soccer, and with Stan wanting sport on their streaming service, the NBL is no less a viable proposition than it was when the talks first emerged.
If the NBL is smart, and if a deal was tabled to the tune of 20 million dollars, I'd imagine that deal was snapped up. The only reasons why it wouldn't have been would be if they were worried about whether the league would lack exposure on Stan. I've seen arguments on both sides for whether there would or would be enough viewers there.
Viewership and attendance have taken a fair hit so that may or may not have a bearing on what deal might have been made. But I am sure when Stan, apparently, put the prospect to them, that Nine and Stan weren't expecting for the NBL to suddenly be a ratings winner - it never has been and probably never will be.
If a deal has been made, they probably have some expectation that the NBL finds the next LaMelo Ball, the next Bogut, or injects some star power, because obviously Stan will want some return on their investment. But at 20 million a season for a service that is just starting out in the sports arena, and for the NBL, I think both parties will come up with about what they expect from such a deal, and the NBL would oblige that kind of thing.
So, my view is if the article dropped from the Australian, who apparently have links to the league, and if there hasn't been some inability to agree on some fine print, or if the viewership numbers haven't scared them away, I expect the deal will be announced at the end of the season. I think it will be the 20 million Stan deal and it wouldn't surprise me if it was agreed to way back when we first heard about it.