Crocs support change to draw
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