Why not play each other 4 times instead of 2? And go back to the old Cup format. If teams are crying out for more games, give them it. More home games = more revenue (in same period of time) = more to spend on players = improved quality players (potentially).
Probably too simplistic, but it does feel very stop/start at the moment and very difficult to build momentum, both for the teams and supporters.
I understand that it would create issues for some teams in securing their home venues, but surely it's worth a try? 22 games seems a very short league season to me.
We went to a few panthers games at motorpoint and the crowds where around 6-7000. Cardiff is always sold out in their 3000 seater. Sheffield on a Wednesday night 2 weeks ago had 6000, with then 8300 on the Saturday versus Nottingham (big derby) yeah the smaller teams do attract far less, Manchester, Coventry, Fyfe. But Glasgow and Belfast attract on average over 3000. Think the BBL is years if not never going to get basketball teams in the scenario.
Interesting. But what I’m concluding from all this is that EIHL has more fans regularly attending games than the BBL does. So if the BBL were to increase the number of games a season to that of the EIHL it’s my suspicion the average game attendance would reduce, therefore also reducing the game/profit ratio. So I’d say the current number of games is probably calculated to be just about right, from a financial perspective.
I’d agree, 2 years ago when there was 11 teams they had total attandance figures for this league, playoffs and cup of over a million!!!! Insane how little coverage the EIHL league actually gets considering these figures. Not sure always how much life the BBL has in it.... when ever o watch either London team I see empty stands, money and sponsorship seems down for many teams. I struggle to see how the BBL grows, it’s sad. But we live in Devon and now would rather save and go watch a hockey game and drive 400 miles than a basketball game now
Post by mikevigorfanclub on Dec 4, 2019 23:09:41 GMT
I must be in the minority. I’ve enjoyed it. Don’t agree there have been lots of meaningless games. In the south we had Surrey and London with a winner takes all, Flyers losing to Lions in their last game, missing out on a home QF.
Some teams might have saved a bit of budget by waiting til now to sign players, but that carries a risk, as they need to bed-in, etc.
It could make for a better league competition, with all teams really prepared, all their imports sorted rather than work-permit issues in Sept meaning they arrive late.
I guess in an ideal world we’d have 16 teams, playing 30 league games, and then the cups as straight knock-outs. But we only have 12 teams.