As the National Basketball League prepares to tip-off the 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Finals Series this Friday night, the league has announced that the average NBL attendance at games has grown for the third straight season in a row.
Following the completion of the last of the NBLs 126 regular season games last weekend, the average crowd at NBL matches rose by 3% over the 2010/11 campaign. The average attendance at an NBL fixture this season was 4,168 people, compared to an average of 4,031 last season.
Over the past three seasons the average NBL crowd has grown each year, with a total growth of 20% in crowds across the league since the 2009/10 season. This year there were almost 20,000 more fans at iiNet NBL Championship games than there were last year, with total regular season attendance growing from 507,848 to 525,143.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock said the leagues growth showed a continuing positive trend for the NBL and basketball.
Its gratifying to see that the hard work that the league and the NBL clubs have put in is continuing to translate into tangible growth for our sport, said Sengstock. We have now seen our NBL attendance figures increase for three straight seasons, which means were attracting thousands more fans to our sport.
When you couple that with the 11.6 per cent rise in attendances in the WNBL this season, it provides the strongest indication yet that basketball is a healthy sport that is thriving, Sengstock added. Were also seeing significant growth in the on-line sphere as well, with traffic to nbl.com.au and our club sites up from one million unique visitors in 2009/10 to being on track to hit the 2 million mark by the end of the financial year.
We still have a great deal of hard work ahead of us but we are making steps in the right direction, and not just baby steps anymore. We have genuine cause to feel optimistic about the future of our sport.
The New Zealand Breakers led the NBL in attendance growth this season, with a massive 40% increase in average game attendance on the back of their move of some games to the larger Vector Arena. Whilst the Melbourne Tigers wont be part of the playoff action, they did still experience a 5% increase in crowds this season. Cairns and Perth also increased their attendance by 3% this season while Adelaide were up 1%.
The 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Finals Series tips-off this Friday when the New Zealand Breakers host the Townsville Crocodiles at Vector Arena. The initial release of tickets for the game sold out in approximately two hours, causing the club to do a second release of additional seats which is also expected to sell-out shortly. The game is already guaranteed of setting a new record crowd not only for a Breakers home game, but for any basketball match in New Zealand.
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No 2016 Olympics for rehabbing Jazz guard Dante Exum - 5 days ago
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Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum(198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Ri... [read more]
Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum (198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Jazz are very pleased with the progress Exum has made in the months following his knee surgery at the end of last summer. Though gaining more international experience might've been good for Exum, the decision to remain in Utah to continue working on his fitness and developing his skill set could be considered a prudent move for him and the Jazz. Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country." Exum was recently given the green light to participate in full-contact basketball activities, and he's progressed from playing one-on-one and three-on-three games to game-like five-on-five scrimmages with fellow Jazz players and others, including BYU alum Tyler Haws. Exum had surgery last September on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, which he injured on Aug. 4 while trying to make a move in the paint during an Australian exhibition game against Slovenia. That injury kept him sidelined throughout the 2015-16 season. The Jazz had been very optimistic about the progress Exum made earlier in the offseason after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie in 2014-15 after being picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Ironically, the Melbourne, Australia, native became just the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games. Courtesy of: desertnews.com
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Seaso... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Loe received also Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Honorable Mention award back in 2009 at his college time. Loe represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg. Loe has played also professionally in New Zealand (Northside). He attended Saint Louis University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Loe is described as:
A big bodied PF who can easily spend time in the 5 position too. Has good offensive skills with a great shooting touch.
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