curtley
Last month

NBL & NT Gov announcement tomorrow

Anyone know what this could be about? Media release says itll happen 930 central time and involve a few nbl players, loelinger and some NT government folks including the chief minister.

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Weedy Slug  
Last month

Future Darwin team maybe

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Perthworld  
Last month

Blitz in Darwin.

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ME (he/kangaroo)  
Last month

Id say Blitz in Darwin with a view to see if an eventual team is viable. But follow the real estate with LK. He made a real estate investment with Tasmania and the team, so if theres a similar opportunity in the NT a team could be fast-tracked.

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proud  
Last month

I'm all for LK building the infrastructure around a team up there... let’s make it viable

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Frogmanbaby  
Last month

Have the NT ever had a team in a national sporting code? Would be awesome to see if sustainable.

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ME (he/kangaroo)  
Last month

Australia is a funny country in that we have entire states we pretend don't exist - Tasmania and NT among them. We dont even get news about things that happen in the Northern Territory. It's like one of those weird old unofficial Soviet states that you cant find on a map but exist only to the people that live there. I dont see why a state of 250'000 people couldn't support an NBL team with an arena fit for 5000. Of course there wouldnt be a huge commercial base in the Northern Territory for business enterprises - and therefore sponsorships - but if the NT government got behind it (and maybe they are?) there could be some traction. Call them Darwin Salties and make it an extension of the NBL1 team

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Perthworld  
Last month

Have the NT ever had a team in a national sporting code? Would be awesome to see if sustainable.

Trivia time. Yes, but get this - it was in a Singaporean not Australian league.

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The Bratt  
Last month

Blitz for sure

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KET  
Last month

https://nbl.com.au/news/nbl-blitz-darwin-bound

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NBLTigers  
Last month

Not sure if the league is considering a team in Darwin. NBL definitely needs more teams.

League needs at least 14/15 teams to make the league more viable to international viewers.

NBL should expand to Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast/Canberra. Possibly Asian team in the long run.

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Sebastian  
Last month

Not in this lifetime

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Anon  
Last month

Anyone know the crowd at Salties games? No point having a NBL team if people aren't packing it out. Hobart always had decent crowds to SEABL games

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Kev  
Last month

Salties are at capacity. Can't attract more people to games as there aren’t enough seats. The hype is there listening to school yard parent pick up banter, however hard to attract fans when you can’t get a seat.

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ME (he/kangaroo)  
Last month

Salties are apparently by far the most watched NBL1 team online as well. I think they've gone there to genuinely canvas the idea of a team.

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Dave Marshall  
Last month

This will be a case of seeing if the NT Government has the appetite to underwrite an NBL team. The chief problem that Darwin has that Hobart didn't (and that Canberra doesn't have either) is the lack of an NBL-size (if not NBL-quality) stadium. Marrara only holds 1500, and the Convention Centre apparently doesn't have a basketball configuration.

Darwin's population is only a few thousand smaller than Cairns, so while it would be the smallest market in the NBL, it wouldn't be outrageously small.

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Perthworld  
Last month

If Darwin were awarded a team in future imagine the enthusiasm - it would be on par with the 90s Suns hype in Townsville.

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ME (he/kangaroo)  
Last month

This is right in LK's wheelhouse. Buy the land, have a stadium built, watch land property and team increase and then sell the team.

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