Crocs sup­port change to draw

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

T OWNSVIL L E C r o c o d i l e s chair­man An­drew Gisinger said he un­der­stands the rea­son­ing be­hind the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League’s de­ci­sion to regularly fea­ture mid­week bas­ket­ball in the 2015/ 16 sched­ule.

Reg­u­lar sea­son games will be played five days a week from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day in the up­com­ing sea­son, with the NBL mov­ing in a vastly dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion from last sea­son where they sched­uled just a hand­ful of mid­week games.

Gisinger said while it would take some ad­just­ing, he fully sup­ported the re­vised sched­ule which catered to suit po­ten­tial broad­cast­ers and in­cluded a move to a 19- round com­pe­ti­tion that will slot per­fectly into the AFL and NRL off- sea­sons.

“It will be an ad­just­ment for our of­fice and it’s a very dif­fer­ent ap­proach but I fully un­der­stand the rea­son­ing be­hind it,” he said.

“The whole ap­proach of the NBL is re­vi­talised to make the league ap­peal to a broad­caster and if that means weeknight games then so be it.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the NBL, Larry Kestel­man, said the new sched­ule in­cluded 7.30pm games on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day evenings, as well as games on Sun­day af­ter­noons and evenings, ex­pand­ing on what was pre­vi­ously a tra­di­tional Fri­day night to Sun­day of­fer­ing.

“My­self, the board and newly ap­pointed Gen­eral Man­ager Jeremy Loeliger are com­mit­ted to pre­sent­ing the public and any po­ten­tial broad­cast­ers with the best prod­uct we can at the most ap­pro­pri­ate time of year, and the week,” he said.

“Mak­ing the NBL avail­able for con­sump­tion five days a week is an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for all of them and we are po­si­tion­ing the NBL to be the num­ber one en­ter­tain­ment sport in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.”

The NBL will an­nounce the full sched­ule for the 2015/ 16 sea­son next week.

In other Crocs news, Gisinger said the club was in fi­nal ne­go­ti­a­tions and ex­pects to make an an­nounce­ment on the club’s new gen­eral man­ager early next week.

I fully un­der­stand the rea­son­ing

be­hind it AN­DREW GINSINGER

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