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Is basketball in Australia a basket case? Not if the popularity of the NBA on the local scene is anything to go by, begging the question, where does the audience go when the NBL is in town? With yesterdays de-merger announcement between the league and Basketball Australia, there are some important questions that need to be answered.
The remarkable clamour to be associated with English Premier League clubs continues to rise and the allure of being associated with clubs competing in the ‘most watched football league in the world,’ shows no signs of slowing down.
There has been much written recently about the supposed need for a third tier championship in Australian Rugby. Overwhelmingly the consensus has been that in order to stay competitive as a rugby power, a third tier competition similar to New Zealand’s ITM Cup and South Africa’s Currie Cup is a vital undertaking. However, before proceeding, it must be ensured that the appropriate frameworks are in place to foster a successful and financially viable competition.
When the drugs in Australian sport investigation was announced in early February, much was made of the importance of protecting fans from the actions of wrongdoers. But here we are, three months into this investigation and attendance records are being set, membership sales are strong and public interest in sport seems solid. It raises the question – do sport fans really care?
Cricket Australia’s recent decision to take legal action against its host broadcaster of the past 36 years, Channel Nine, has brought into question issues regarding when law, business and media collide. No matter how much money or power they possess, no single organisation or media company can claim total control over popular sports content. So just what does this conflict mean for the future of cricket in Australia?