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Postby therock » Tue May 27, 2008 10:36 pm


It's a worry:(...break it and call it what ????ABL???


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Postby bigdan » Tue May 27, 2008 11:23 pm


therock wrote:
It's a worry:(...break it and call it what ????ABL???


NBAA? :shock:


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Postby djmenow » Thu May 29, 2008 7:50 pm


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Three Bullets released from NBL deals
AAP - May 29, 2008, 7:32 pm

The Brisbane Bullets' slide towards possible extinction continued on Thursday as they released three players, admitting it was unfair to bind them to the foundation NBL club's uncertain future.

The Bullets released Mick Hill, Adam Gibson and Chris Goulding, freeing them to explore opportunities with other clubs.

Star pair Ebi Ere and Sam Mackinnon are the only players still officially contracted to the club, but Brisbane said they will also be free to go if they make a request and sign an official release form.

With both of those players having previously indicated an interest in joining other NBL clubs, it is expected the Bullets will soon be without players.

The move follows the announcement earlier this week that a consortium intending to take over the club's licence had backed out of the deal.

Departing Bullets owner Eddy Groves faces a June 30 deadline to find a new buyer to take over the licence, or the club is expected to fold.

"Mick, Gibbo and Chris all requested a release from their existing contracts with the Bullets so that they could explore other playing opportunities," Bullets operations manager Narelle Kelly said in a statement.

"Under the extraordinary circumstances, the club agreed it would be in their best interests.

"All three have signed their release forms and as a result we have informed the NBL that they can be considered free agents and approached by other teams.

"We are sorry to see three quality people leave the club, especially after the long service of someone like Mick Hill and the loyalty all three have shown in recent months, but it is simply the right thing to do."

If the club manages to find new owners, they will then have to set about recruiting for the upcoming season.

"It would have been unethical of us to hold our players to these agreements whilst there is such uncertainty surrounding the future of the team," Kelly said.

Meanwhile, the future of another of the league's power clubs, the Sydney Kings, remains under threat because of their failure to pay players.

The Kings transferred about $10,000 owing to the club's former star guard Jason Smith on Tuesday to have a default notice lifted.

But a second default notice was issued that night, after the league was informed that only one player received money in the club's most recent pay cycle.

The NBL has given the club until June 11 to pay the players, or default proceedings will be undertaken, possibly resulting in the termination of the Kings' licence.

The league has requested an urgent meeting with Kings owner Tim Johnston, who is currently in the Philippines searching for new sponsors for the club, but he is not expected back in Australia until early next week.


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Postby therock » Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:20 pm


needs fixing ..whatever they call it


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Postby djmenow » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:23 pm


Not looking good for Major sponsor Hummer and telecaster Foxtel to renew their business with the NBL which means trouble for the league in the very near future.

Who knows if it will survive.


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Postby djmenow » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:23 pm


Looks like the Bullets might have a saviour. A buyer is serious about taking them over.


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Postby djmenow » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:57 pm


Well this coming season it will be without the Kings and Bullets after takeovers have not eventuated.

They are definately out now.

It will be a 11 team 15 home/15 away season with a reduced amount of teams in the playoffs.


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Postby djmenow » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:05 pm


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Australian basketball review unveiled
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 9:25 AM


An independent review into Australian basketball released today outlines initiatives to reposition the sport including a new elite competition to replace the National Basketball League.
Key priorities addressed in the report are a major restructure of the basketball administration; re-branding and aggressively promoting the sport: developing strong revenue streams from corporate and media partnerships; increasing the connection between community and elite competitions and national teams; and significant expansion and investment in the national basketball program.
“While commissioned to identify the critical issues facing basketball in Australia, the review has also served to reinforce the underlying strengths of the sport which include a strong participation base, talented athlete programs, a large number of elite players of international quality, strong female participation and passionate, untapped public support,” said chairman of the Interim Board, Mr. David Thodey.
“Basketball has a bright future in Australia, and requires renewed focus, commitment, and support to ensure the right foundations are set for the next decade.
“The independent review provides a unique opportunity to get it right - to ensure every facet of the game is functioning optimally - so we can strengthen the position of basketball as a key sport in Australia,” said Mr. Thodey.
The review recommends the development of an elite men’s competition to replace the current NBL for season 2009/10 with a revised format commercially attractive to broadcasters and business partners, and working with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) to create and participate in an Asian Club Championship from 2010.
“This is definitely not a short-term strategy,” said Mr. Thodey. “We aim to deliver an improved governance and management structure, and a sustainable business plan, that will ensure significant commercial and community benefits for basketball in Australia.
“There is strong support for basketball in this country, but there is no doubt that a substantial effort is required to ensure its successful future.”
Internationally, Australia is currently ranked the number two basketball nation in the FIBA global rankings, while locally, basketball has never been stronger, with more than 650,000 people participating in the sport and numbers continuing to grow.
“If the sport is to maximise these assets, it needs to generate increased revenue. This should be possible through the adoption of an independent governing body capable of making decisions in the best interest of the sport.”
Mark Peters, interim board member and CEO of the Australian Sports Commission, stated that an independent governing body would strengthen the national approach to the development of the game.
“For revenue purposes, the sport needs a vibrant NBL and WNBL and the Boomers and Opals playing regularly in Australia.
“The key initiatives outlined in the review will assist in raising the profile of the game and in turn generate the significant media and sponsorship revenues currently lacking,” said Mr. Peters.
The review recommends aggressively pursuing commercial, government and non-traditional revenue lines to drive growth and ensure a profitable business. A commitment to developing sound commercial strategies, strong financial management and measurable outcomes are critical elements and will ultimately decide the success of reform.
As part of the plan to reform the sport, Basketball Australia and the NBL have previously decided to merge. The decision to move to a single unified body stems from a two-stage review of the sport commissioned more than 15 months ago by Basketball Australia, the NBL and the Australian Sports Commission.
With the second stage of the review now complete, the interim board will provide details of the report to all Basketball Australia and NBL stakeholders before putting its recommendations to a vote on 11 October.


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Postby bigdan » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:13 pm


I hope this review puts the game on the right path.

I like the idea of getting into the Asian club championships.


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Postby djmenow » Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:43 pm


One thing that has been discussed recently is that in the new league that no club can have just 1 owner and must have a minimum of 3 owners so noone can do a Johnston or Groves and let a club collapse.

The Wildcats do not want to do this as their owner Jack Bendat is a 100% owner and the club would struggle to survive without him.


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