Years ago

Latest news on Sixers / Lightning / Dome sale

ABC 891 local radio news:

"The deadline for expressions of interest from parties wanting to buy the Adelaide 36ers and the Adelaide Lightning has been extended by two weeks. Interim controller Bruce Carter says many parties have indicated their interest, and the period for them to do due diligence warrants an extension. The new deadline is the 9th of next month."

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Kent Brockman  
Years ago

This normally happens when a suitable buyer or price has not been met.

Anyone got any other info on this?

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Years ago

Oldest trick in book - extend deadline so people think there is more demand than there actually is.

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Years ago

Oldest trick in the book. Be a pessimistic, negative, scaremongering looser. It is highly possible that a number of parties have want to bid the for the 6ers.
1. Higgins
2. Gerrard
3. Bell
4. Power
Plus any others that have been more discreet could want to at least do some due dilligince. This takes time and requires the involvement of the administrators plus they actually have other work to do as well.

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Years ago

heard there where 7 formal approaches so far, 5 from SA

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if they cant get a big enough offer... will the government still back the team/s... financially that is??

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Years ago

They will get a big enough offer.

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Kent Brockman  
Years ago

of the 4 anon that you have listed 2 are not interested at all.

Higgins has the mark against his name of already heading a company that needed to be bailed out by the government.

Bell's group, does it have the backing needed to get the deal across the line and the model to keep the business going for many years to come?

Port Lincoln still in the mix?

Extending the dead line either means no suitor is deemed appropriate yet or that the books are that messy it will take all of KPMG's brains to work out what is actually going on and what potential lies in the wreckage

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Years ago

wonder where the 2 non-SA bidders are from? One i would assume would be the Gold Coast but the other?

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Years ago

Unfortunately no smart local business people will buy a lame duck. Overseas party may be the eventual owner basing the team here. Take the emotion out of it and it is basic bad economics.

Interested parties - plenty. genuine buyers - none. (unfortunately)

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Years ago

gold coast have been guaranteed a license for the next season so it wouldnt be them,

but yeah im curios as well who they are all i was told was 2 interstate bidders have emerged,

hillbilly far from a lame duck, common knowledge the sixers would have made money if it wasnt for basa placing all there debt repayments over to the sixers

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Years ago


"hillbilly far from a lame duck, common knowledge the sixers would have made money if it wasnt for basa placing all there debt repayments over to the sixers "

Got any proof to that? If not maybe you should stop accusing BASA management of dodging accounts and/or read the numerous finanical reports.

The Government as far as I know have decided to sell the sixers, lightning and dome not only because they're the biggest assests but also because they are what lose BASA money.

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Years ago

Hmm once again my question appears... the 36ers will make money once free of basa and governmanet intervention?

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Years ago

Interesting discussion.

I've got a few questions for those in the know in relation to this area.

Had the government released the stranglehold it had over BSA in the form of the Dome debt (ie take back ownership of the Dome) and put in place some decent guidelines in the form of a business structure for BSA to separate governance of the various entities (ie separate the running of the 36ers from that of the Lightning, and juniors) then would BSA have been financial

Everyone has been understandably upbeat about a privatised 36ers but has this move towards privatisation eventuated as a result of either:

a) Best interests of basketball, or
b) The Government wants its $10million back or as much as it can get ASAP.

I think it is fair to say that the Government will not recover the entire Dome debt from BSA as a result of the sale of the forced sale of its main assets (the Dome and the 36ers).

Even for hypothetical purposes, lets say they did get the full $10 million (or whatever the figure may be).

I appreciate this is a big sum of tax payers money for the Government to turn its back on but I'd be interested to see how much the Government puts into other sporting and recreational areas.

Is the money that the Government will get from the sale of the 36ers really a significant sum when all is said and done for the State budget?

There will be people much more in the know than me on this issue but take out the Dome debt (and increasing interest obligations that were deferred year after year) and was BSA as a whole financial?

I understand that a lot of the cut backs that occurred to the 36ers were to put us in a position to meet interest obligations when the interest free period ended.

Unfortunately, as always happens, any savings made by cut backs were extinguished by falling crowds and sponsorship.

This together with a failure to capitalise on the lucrative play-off dollars by not advancing deep into the play-offs the last few years also has taken its toll.

One of the arguments raised in favour of private ownership is that you will have separate people running the 36ers from those running junior basketball, etc. Less red tape, etc.

However, all of this could have occurred with a BSA owned 36ers with a decent structure and probably should have occurred years ago.

This whole tendering process highlights some of the problems facing basketball in South Australia at present.

Obviously all potential buyers have backers and presumed relationships with sponsors that will see the 36ers be financial at least in the immediate future.

Again, I have no idea as to Higgins' or Pickard's interest if any in buying the 36ers but assuming both are interested is it fair to say that if Higgins loses that he won't be pumping his company's money into a Pickard owned 36ers and vice versa?

Hopefully all will end well with decent new owners who will make great decisions for the good of basketball but I just raise for discussion purposes, did the Government sell out on basketball for what will be a sum irrelevant in the whole scheme of the State Budget?

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Years ago

Just on a side note, it's well known in the soccer community that Pickard has a terminal illness, and that's why he handed Adelaide United over to Nick Bianco. Doubt he'd be interested in the 36ers.

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