Fry
Earlier this month

Future NBL teams and formats

What would the optimal number of teams be in the future? I quite like the idea of 15-16 teams, play each other twice in the regular season with 8 team finals. What formats do you see happening? Any potential new teams you reckon are coming in the near/far future?

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!  
Earlier this month

what competition you talking about ?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this month

NBL since it was posted under that category.

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RobT  
Earlier this month

You sure about that Perthworld? ! may have been referring to V8 Supercars (not having a go at you Perthworld, but at !. Cool name, though).

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Within Next 5-6 years

Wellington
Canberra (AIS refurbish)


Beyond 10 years...
Nsw 3 - newcastle team
Vic 3 - geelong team
Qld 3 - Sunshine Coast team
Nz 3 - South Island team



16 teams - top 8 finals

A7 vs 8 elimination
B5 vs 6 elimination

1 vs 4 - loser play winner of A (winner goes straight to semis)
2 vs 3 - loser play winner of B (winner goes straight to semis)

Prelim best of 3 (1or4 vs 7or8, 2or3 vs 5or6- winners of both progress semis)
Semi best of 3
Grand final best of 5

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RobT  
Earlier this month

Future teams:

On a serious note, 15 - 16 teams. Where do you, and others, propose these additional teams to be. We have had this discussion several times but can be worth revisiting time to time.

I am absolutely sure that WA needs a second team. In Fremantle. Trouble with that is that no other West Australians agree with me!

NZ too, in Wellington, but not the same opposition there as in WA. I keep hearing that they really want it to happen??

With WA and NZ both being at extreme distances in our NBL, double headers would vastly reduce the relevant costs of playing there. And for both, they would find the local rivalry exhilarating.

Canberra? An extension of their WNBL team. Wouldn't they provide a ready made administration, facility, sponsorship/partnership base, and very importantly, a fan base. Would be a current-era first, in 2 senses;
1) 1st national basketball club to have teams of both genders.
2) 1st male team/club to join with a female team/club(now, that should get some sensitivities going!).

Newcastle, Geelong (or Western Melbourne) or Western Sydney?

Where and why do others think?

Future formats:

No idea!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

I think 10 is sustainable, not enough sponsorship dollars to go further, too much competition in that area from football codes
Also, Global appeal of NBL is a season by season deal, would just take Asian leagues to copy the NBL and implement an "Australian/NZ player special exemption to cause a sever talent drain,

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Grovermister  
Earlier this month

Adelaide 36ers and Adelaide Lightning were for a while there run by and owned by the same people, even had similar logos etc (unsure if they still are)

so you point regarding 1st national basketball club to have teams of both genders is not true, (Melbourne Tigers also had mens and womens teams)

I agree though canberra, Wellington should be next towns to get one

think Bendigo/Ballarat/Horsham should get a team very strong base there (Whether it is a combined team plays games in all 3 areas or has a base in bendigo but is called the goldfield something...for that region)

Perth another team would be good for rivalry too

newcastle is another place that a team would good

unsure on a gold coast/sunshine coast team as they seem to fold more than prosper

would love to see the crocs back but i dont see that happening

so thats a 14 team comp which would work

26 game season (play each team twice)

top 6

5v6 3v4 elimimation series best of 3

winner of 5 v 6 plays 1st place in semi finals best of 5

winner of 3 v 4 plays 2nd place in semi finals best of 5

grand final series best of 7

why not?

see what happens

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

It'd be cool to introduce the AIS program into the NBL. Keep them as the development team but allow them to have 3 imports? Probably get whacked each week but would that help their devleopment rather than playing in the NBL1

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KET  
Earlier this month

In all honesty I don't think 16 teams would work with the approach of filling bigger stadiums, higher payrolls, strong league.

Too much dilution of talent - there are plenty of Australian positions available, if you can’t make an NBL side, professional basketball won’t be your calling. Get some side change doing NBl1.

12 teams is optimal for variety and market capture. We have regional Qld, Brisbane, regional NSW, Sydney, two Victorian sides, Perth, Adelaide, Tasmania will always be the single team in the state.

That really leaves a NZ rival team and probably a third Victorian team because Vic is such a sports mad state.

I don’t think Canberra or Darwin are necessarily ideal options, they would be the alternatives to a second NZ or third Vic side.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Some of these expansion suggestions are totally pie in the sky ridiculous

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Grovermister  
Earlier this month

thanks for your contribution anonymous 503

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RobT  
Earlier this month

@ Grovermister, I wrote, " Would be a current-era first, in 2 senses;" you replied with,

"Adelaide 36ers and Adelaide Lightning were for a while there run by and owned by the same people, even had similar logos etc (unsure if they still are)

so you point regarding 1st national basketball club to have teams of both genders is not true, (Melbourne Tigers also had mens and womens teams)".

You must be my age! Might as well include Giants, Spectres, StKilda. "current-era"!

Having lived in western Vic, I like your idea of a "Goldfield.....?" team for western Vic. That would more than likely exclude Geelong which would be a pity (if Geelong even wants to Belong!).

Another interesting point for me is that the AFL league in that part of Vic is fairly (very) strong). Lots of good (great) athletes who can't go any further (just not good enough for the national clubs) who may become super basketballers with an NBL club in the region. A vast number of AFL players at all levels are or have been very good players. eg. Max Dorne and Greenwood.

In the town I lived, the captain of the afl team also captained their CVIBL basketball team. In fact, most of the players also played afl for the city and some, even the region. That'd be one back for basketball!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Grovermister, we keep suggesting areas that have failed dismally in the past and some more than once. Why would we go back there again. Just ridiculous

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Baller#3  
Earlier this month

I hate the fascination with expansion to this level. Australia just does not have the population and interest to make it sustainably happen.

I think 12 teams is ideal. Everyone plays each other twice for a 22 game season. The on top of this run a couple of cup rounds like a preseason cup similar to Blitz and potentially a mid-season cup. Ideally, I would also love an asian super league kind of cup as well, but not sure the talent is there in other leagues to make it legit.

Then you run a 6 team finals, all rounds 3 game series.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

In perspective there are 30 NBA teams and 300 million Americans. We have 10 teams and probably 30 million combined population between NZ & Aus (happy to stand corrected). Why do we need more teams?

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LV  
Earlier this month

10 is enough.

We've been down this road before.

I want to see Tassie and SEM settled and with an established fan base- and all existing teams achieving stability, which means at least 5 more years- before they even discuss an 11th team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

I think a Western Victorian team based out of Geelong and using the other centres would be fantastic for Basketball in Victoria. Across Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warnambool, Horsham & Mildura there's over half a million people. With most games based out of Geelong, some smaller drawing games (Hawks/Taipans maybe), could play at the smaller venues in Bendigo/Ballarat, and pre-season games or clinics/pre-season trainings at the smaller venues (Warnambool, Horsham, Mildura), I think you could make a great case for an NBL team out West.

Especially if they could pull back one or more of there former players, like a Sobey (Warnambool), Creek (Horsham), Exum (Werribee), Delly (Maryborough), Landale spent time at Geelong Grammar, Jock Perry (Geelong), Shaun Bruce (Horsham), theres been a bit of talent come out of the Western half of Victoria.

They've got 3 NBL1 teams, and Several Big V teams to Underpin them, and may even make a play for including Werribee/Wyndham, Keilor, Sunbury in that catchment area.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

We need nz 2 in the next 3 years.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

#514 that's great for basketball in Victoria in regards to grass roots connection but it isn’t going to be commercially viable

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AngusH  
Earlier this month

I don't see anything above maybe 12 teams at the absolute max being workable without having teams go under every couple of years. I think NZ deserves/can support a second team in Wellington. In Australia I think Canberra would be great but it would probably take something like Patty Mills being involved to give it legs, it's a risky location.

Sydney could support a true Western Sydney based team I think in a few years time if the league continues to succeed/grow. Newcastle or Central Coast risky and probably not the type of regional location the league is looking to move into.

I think WA has more Wildcats fans than basketball fans, and a 2nd team is risky. Melbourne I'm not sure needs a third team, Adelaide definitely not, NT not going to happen. QLD I like to think it's now established that the Gold Coast is not going to work. For nostalgia reasons I'd love to see Townsville back, but don't see that happening as well for the same reason as Newcastle/Central Coast. Tassie, let's see what happens with the JJs.

Once things get back to normal the idea of having an Asia-based team is maybe not completely crazy, especially if the profile of the NBL grows off the back of the Next Stars programme.

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this month

Its hard to expand without going back onto previously tried and failed propositions.

Canberra, Hunter Valley, another Sydney team, another Melbourne team without Tiger connections, Newcastle, another regional QLD team.

Until some of these places display the infrastructure, population and a budding team's budget and ability to market itself, it should not expand for the same of it alone.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

It's wellington and Canberra, I guarantee it.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Wellington tsb bank arena 5500+
Canberra ais arena purchased/refurbished 5200+

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RobT  
Earlier this month

Realistically, all of the "viable" addresses have already been tried. We either revisit these sites with newly learned skills, MOs, owners, foreign money, and LK, anything else it takes, or choose "unviable" addresses, watch them fail and say "told you so". and you'd be right!

IMO, the already tried ones are the ones to revisit. They ticked all the major boxes and still do.

I stated above that I liked the western Vic plan by #514 but knowing the region a little, it seems doable. The sports popularity and the closeness of most of those centres are within 1 to 3 hours away from each other. Most of the centres mentioned already have NBL1 teams and I am certain that the population of western Vic will love having a full year of level 1 and level 2 basketball.

And please let's all remember that several of the failures we constantly refer to were due in large part, to the GFC. If we had the same response to the GFC as we are experiencing with Covid, reckon the whole league might have collapsed. We are much better now than then at running sports/entertainment events and competitions, thanks largely to LK.

Re-visit some old sites, get the Foundations right, and worth another try.

Tasmania, also a previous failure, should be a good canary test.

WA and NZ have never had other sites tested so if we go that way new addresses will need to be found there.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

There's so many Kiwis in the league now. I think when the Breakers came in the only NZ on another side was Tony Rampton. Last season SEM had 3 alone. Therefore, a second NZ team, is a must. Wellington is always mentioned but in my opinion Christchurch would be better - almost double the population of Wellington and could create a better North-South rivalry. Timmins, Rusbatch, Karena, Britt, and I’m sure others have all had time in Canterbury.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

By 2025, they'll be approx 30 kiwis in the nbl.

18-22 this year.


The next 2 teams could be Wellington and christchurch.
Canberra maybe team 13.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

These would be the next 3 kiwis team in

Wellington Saints
Canterbury Rams
Southland sharks

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Wellington have made efforts to join previously, they have money and stadium, they refused to pay the entry fee and walked away. I don't see this changing.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Wellington Saints - tsb arena
Canterbury Rams - horncastle arena
Southland sharks - Ilt Southland stadium

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Southland doesn't have the population

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

If you go by population, the next 5 would be

Canterbury, Gold Coast, Wellington, newcastle, Canberra.

Then a big step to geelong, Sunshine Coast, western Sydney

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RobT  
Earlier this month

Very surprised that western Sydney is not near the top of that population list.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Western Sydney has the population but not the facilities.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Kangaroo Island. Build it and they will come!!!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

The NBL is never having 4 NZ teams lol

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D2.0  
Earlier this month

There are plenty of locations you could put a team...

But as with the existing teams, it requires somebody prepared to pour the millions in.

Any second team in WA would be on a hiding to nothing.
Wildcats have dominated this league for over 30 years. Going up against that is just going to piss people off.
And if it does work??? No team wants to come to Perth and play TWO games in front of a packed hostile crowd. (And if you think Cats fans are feral, wait till the Arena is packed with only Fremantle supporters)

If we can find the pockets to sustain it, I think that around 12 teams would be optimum. But also think 10 is ok.
Any more, and I think the gap between top and bottom becomes too great

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RobT  
Earlier this month

@514 (again)

Hey, just re-read your list of players from the west Vic region.

"Sobey (Warnambool), Creek (Horsham), Exum (Werribee), Delly (Maryborough), Landale spent time at Geelong Grammar, Jock Perry (Geelong), Shaun Bruce (Horsham)."

That's a great 7 man rotation right there. Sobey not at the PG and team could save money by players' families billeting the team when in their town.

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Mystro  
Earlier this month

If Townsville couldn't stay viable and Illawarra & Cairns have struggled at times what hope would Southland have?
Canterbury Rams haven’t even continuously fielded an NZNBL side due to financial restraints and issues so again how would they go with the much larger budgets and expenditure of the NBL and an anon above mentioned why the Saints walked away after expressing interest in joining. What makes anyone think Nick Mills position has changed?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

They would be purchased by kestleman and eventually taken over by someone else like with every other team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

#525, how so ?
Geelong is comparable in Size to Cairns, and could play smaller drawing games at those centres to garner further support.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Mills doesn't want to pay the licence fee. Kestleman wants some money for it.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

#662, exactly. Pissing contest by very wealthy men. It ain't happening.

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Daniel Trollingham  
Earlier this month

"Geelong is comparable in Size to Cairns, and could play smaller drawing games at those centres to garner further support."

Geelong is nearly double the size of Cairns my friend,288K vs 155K.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Thanks Daniel, my quick search didn't show those numbers, but that just reinforces my point.

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Giacontigers  
Two weeks ago

I wouldn't be surprised if the NBL were considering another Victorian team in the West. But just call them Victoria so then all of Victorians can get behind one team in the state.

Would love to see Canberra have a team. But will the ACT support their team?

12 teams would be in the right direction. NBL has to take its time and chose what’s best for the League. Be great if Wellington could get a team. Then change New Zealand Breakers to just Auckland Breakers. It sounds better then just New Zealand.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

These are pretty much the only options going forward.
I added some new names and old names.

Westside warriors(geelong or wyndam area) Aus
Canberra cannons(crusaders/cavalry taken) Aus
Newcastle hunters(falcons too similar to Hawks) Aus
Wellington Saints nz
Canterbury Rams(christchurch) nz
Townsville crocs(use to be sun but that's crap) Aus
Sunshine Coast rip(maybe another name) Aus
Western Sydney razorbacks(Homebush or further west local) Aus
Southland sharks nz
Darwin cyclones(could be sometime before we see n.t side) Aus
Gold Coast blaze(also maybe another name) Aus

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

You want to call a team victoria, but then you say nz must change to Auckland, great logic...

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Giacontigers  
Two weeks ago

Be great if NBL could bring back some old franchises. Crazy there's 24 defunct teams. A lot of merging on that list.

Saints, Spectres formed Magic. Then Magic, Giants formed Titans. Not sure why Peter Fiddes changed the Titans to Magic. Titans had a strong identity already from having most of the Magic players plus D-Mac.
It wrecked the whole point of merging those’s two teams. No wonder it failed.

The Sydney Kings are technically still the Supersonics and Westars because of their merger. Both those’s past Sydney teams had no success. It was a no brainer to merge them both.

The NBL made plenty of mistakes it can never fix. Bringing back the Brisbane Bullets was the best thing the NBL has done. The resurrection for the South Dragons would of been better then starting again with Phoenix. Dragons always had unfinished business. It wouldn’t of effected rivalry at all but the NBL still thinks United are all of the past Victorian teams which they are not. It’s nearly all Tigers when your at United games.

JackJumpers are okay, because they didn’t have much choice getting Devils from the AFL. Devils only had 2 good seasons in the NBL. Devils were a much better branding and easier to keep teams with just the City names like what the NBA does.

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Giacontigers  
Two weeks ago

@916

That's if New Zealand has two teams. You can’t have Wellington against New Zealand. Breakers play nearly all their home games in the North Island?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Hmm, it's hard to bring back any of those’s teams. But Cannons have a chance because of their 3 titles. They just need the Community to get behind team.

Newcastle has high participation, but is their a big enough fan base to go each games?

Geelong maybe, but they need a bigger stadium.

West Sydney Razorbacks would be great. Their rivalry with the Sydney Kings was popular back in the day. They had one of the highest attendances.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

League needs West Sydney Razorbacks 2 years then they should bring back the Canberra Cannons in 3 to 4 years. Sick of these's new franchises.

The NBL doesn’t care much of its past. Would of been better if the league folded in 2009 and they started up again, to try at least to have no more teams that would fold. Australian Basketball League (ABL) would of been a good name. There’s only one NZ team so it wouldn’t matter because they play in the Australian league?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

The only way Canberra are getting a team is if Illawarra relocate. As for West Sydney the region has shown twice it doesn't give a stuff about the NBL so that's another firm no. There is a reason these teams and other failed (multiple times) and should never be revisited.

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Statman84  
Two weeks ago

I am a sucker for history, would love the Canberra Cannons back - foundation club, nation's capital and they get to dust off those 3 championship banners.

12th team? Tough one. Townsville would be great. Last team to fold, would bring back the Reptile Rumble and the FNQ road double.

Like with any option, you need the fan base and facilities. But these 2 teams would be "nice haves".

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

South of Geelong and up the road to Wyndham are huge growth areas. With strong basketball ties. They certainly need a new arena to accommodate, but think down Geelong way would be a perfect base for a Western Vic team. I'm not a fan of the whole Victorian name, as that implies the represent all the way out tot Merimbula as well. I think West Vic, as I mentioned above, where they could get out to some of the bigger regional centres out West, could definitely work.
And the name isn't all that uncommon, with plenty of organizations using a region over a location. West Coast, Western Bulldogs, Western United, Macarthur (?).

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Could be West Victoria or West Melbourne, but in all seriousness would rather have the Cannons, Crocodiles and Razorbacks back first.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

People have to understand that when these old franchises were defunct, the population was a 1/3 to a 1/2 of what it is today.


Populations are now

Geelong 300,000
Whyndam 300,000
Newcastle 350,000
Canberra 400,000
Gold Coast 680,000
Townsville 200,000
Sunshine Coast 350,000

Canterbury 400,000
Wellington 230,000


Most of these will grow by another third by 2045

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Gold Coast has 710,650. Gold Coast Convention Centre is a great stadium. Surprised their population can't have NBL team back. Gold Coast Blaze were a nice brand. NBL forced them out.

West Victoria is growing but if you support United and Phoenix would you be bothered driving out west just for a 40m basketball game?

Canberra has 462,213 in 2021.

Surely West Sydney can have a team with 936,433!

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

I think we will see all these teams come to fruition.
A can see a 12 team league in the next few years, 16 by 2050.

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proud  
Two weeks ago

As much as I like all the points above and arguments for where teams should be and history and whatnot, I think we need to think about this differently...

Jack jumpers are getting a team in some small part because of Southern Huskies and buying a shithouse venue and redeveloping it and building hotels and shops around it so that there is a yearly revenue source outside of the basketball club itself...

So with that in mind, where could rich men decide to throw their money?

Geelong and Townsville seem like the two best situations of buying a stadium and redeveloping it but I feel like the infrastructure for shops etc would already be there and the 'yearly revenue sources' dramatically compromised.

Newcastle has a venue being redeveloped but can LK build around that with money makers?

Canberra is the one I know least about, how could the 'yearly revenue sources' be utilised there?

Western Sydney is growing rapidly but how can LK make money from it?

And finally, in case anyone is forgetting, Brisbane has the Olympics in 2032 and serious serious federal and state monies will be spent in Queensland and especially in the south east so how can the NBL benefit from this more than just by having the Bullets represented (if you watch Footy Classified on Wednesdays then you may have seen Eddie Maguire talking about how the AFL needs to get in on the action here and he made some great points but why not the NBL too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAmpwR57onU

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

With a new brisbane stadium and sc stadium being built by government for olympics.
Geelong wanting to build a new stadium.

Think some of lks money will go to refurbish Canberra.

Push for newcastle and Townsville stadiums to be upgraded also.

The 2 nz locations have stadiums.


Cairns has been upgraded
Sem stadium to be built in next few years
Tassie stadium finished by the years end.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Think some of lks money will go to refurbish Canberra.

Push for newcastle and Townsville stadiums to be upgraded also.

Dreams are free, but delusional people need to be institutionalised.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

^ moron who has no idea.

The nbl has been to ais stadium several times to see what they can do to it and whether it can be putchased.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Couple of years ago befor Covid struck

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/nbl-chief-reveals-grand-plans-for-canberra-20190126-p50ttq.html

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

There is no developmental upside $$ wise like the Tasmanian project for LK. The only way Canberra is getting a team is if Illawarra relocate.

Townsville and Newcastle have more chance of getting NBA teams than they do of getting NBL teams.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Canberra is 3hrs away from woolongong.

Sem is 35 mins from Melbourne



Can't have a team, please....

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

No upside for Canberra lol. When they build up,the area next to it, it'll be worth a penny.

Ain’t just basketball but netball, volleyball, concerts etc etc. it’s the same for mystatebank

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Convention holds only 2500.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

The ais arena redone is perfect size.
The a league coming into same area.
Talks of Afl team down the track.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

There are reasons these teams folded

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, I think Tassie is a stupid idea too. Anyone who knows anything about Tassie knows the divide between the North and South. But the money to be made from the property development probably outweigh the risk for LK.

I just don’t see the others as viable options. Townsville and Newcastle have nothing shown they have no interest in supporting NBL teams. Illawarra isn’t much better currently either.

There just aren’t enough rich people in Australia who want to piss money against the wall on an NBL franchise. Especially new franchises in places that have already folded, some multiple times. Add the COVID environment for the next few years and it’s unlikely the NBL expands for a while

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Newcastle want wnbl team

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RobT  
Two weeks ago

@ Anon, Your last para starts with; "There just aren't enough rich people in Australia who want to piss money against the wall on an NBL franchise". Hasn't LK already dealt with that with all that foreign money he's brought into the league?

Then goes on to say; "Especially new franchises in places that have already folded, some multiple times." When most of those failed franchises failed we did not have LK in place. Like it/him or not, he is the difference! Choice: pick new places that NEVER had a chance and hope like hell they work or, try to improve your efforts for the places you did think stood a chance, this time with LK at the helm?

"Add the COVID environment for the next few years and it’s unlikely the NBL expands for a while". If you're right on this last sentence then that would be a pity. Yes, there is adversity but that also represents opportunity. Everyone is affected by this pandemic, some are going to find solutions. Why not us?

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proud  
Two weeks ago

I think Townsville deserves being fully researched at the worst, we are talking about a club with sell outs all the time but then the cowboys came and they dropped off with the casino taking the car parks ( I don't understand this as I work at Crown Perth and our car park gets filled by those going to Optus Stadium so what's different) and with the reputation of the Fire, basketball is far from dead but a stadium with car parking and public transport seems like the most important thing.... also Crocs got horrific scheduling with Shawn Dennis as coach, their fan base isnt just Townsville but neighbouring suburbs/towns too and if their supporters can only get to games on Saturday nights then more Saturdays need to be afforded to them (same as how Perth are predominantly Friday night games as it works for the fan Base)

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RobT  
Two weeks ago

Now that's what I am talking about (above). NBL was a hit for several years in Townsville. I remember that they were setting records for consecutive, sell-out crowds. But that was then and something went awry.

Proud had some suggestions. Right or wrong, they are the sorts of "fixes" that are much more credible than starting in places that never warranted any genuine consideration in the first place.

Instead of looking for new locations and trying to make the requirements fit them, setting requirements and seeing who fits those requirements makes more sense, to me.

Yes! You will find that the second-category candidates have already been tried. We should know what went wrong with those choices, by now. Can they, or any of them, be fixed now?

Like, if all it takes is to set most/more games on a Sat night and provide decent facility with car parking for Townsville to be viable again, wouldn't you choose that rather than starting in a smaller, untried market from scratch?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

These ridiculous expansion threads need to be put aside.
Deal with the pandemic first.

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I would like to see a team in Port-Solaris, since i try out for this team there are most demographics of any local sports market on world, I think this Port-Solaris can join any regional league on world, doesn't make money a factor, and the interest in this area is skyhigh. Many players already visit Port-Solaris to play this game basketball, especially in areas where it's prohibit to play basketball before sunrise or after sundown. During some nights, it is allowed to play basketball after sunset or prior to sunshine, except there is the constant threat of being admonished by sleepers in a residential neighborhood, & playing in the dark.

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Anonymous  
Last week

What garbage are you talking about?

This is a basketball forum. Not advertisement.

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Giacontigers  
Last week

I can't see the NBL expanding for the next couple of seasons.

Only difference I want to see for NBL22 is have top-6 for the finals series like 2009 when the NBL had 10 teams in the league. The NBL has had the same finals format since 2010. Finals is where the NBL makes most of its profit. No brainer too me if the league could bring back the quarterfinals. Could definitely see some upsets. Would be exciting.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Anything is possible in NBL22.

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