The sad demise of the NBL
The news that the Cairns Taipans has gone into voluntary administration meant that another nail has gone into the coffin of the National Basketball League.
If you said 20 years ago, that the NBL would be in deep trouble, people would think you were crazy.
Yet, that is exactly what has happened.
With the Sydney Swifts saved by an 11th hour intervention, plus the troubles facing the Taipans, the NBL is in its death throes.
The root of the blame must be laid at the NBL administration.
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, basketball was riding the crest of a wave. The NBL didn’t realise that once you’ve reached the pinnacle, you’re heading for a fall.
The NBL took their eye off the ball and didn’t do a long term plan to keep basketball vibrant in this country. And with the success of the Hyundai A-League, basketball in this country is in trouble.
If it wasn’t for the intervention of Basketball Australia, the sport would be largely forgotten.
The next twelve to eighteen months is crucial, not just for Basketball Australia, but for the sport of basketball in general.
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