Sorry, this doesn't wash. On a per game basis, minor league bball winter games have a much higher attendance.
Not the fault of the IBL or even your Steelheads, but there is much less demand for minor league basketball in the summer. Your competition is other sports and better weather for outdoor activities. Don't take my word though. Do a little homework.
Regarding costs, sure if you don't pay players and play in high school gyms, your costs will be alot lower. I'll give you that. And, because no minor league basketball teams are financially successful, you could even say that IBL teams are the "best" from a business perspective. Arguably, I would lose less by declaring my rec league team a business and trying to sell tix to see us play, so careful taking that title.
But, please let's not confuse that with putting a high quality product on the court or with great fan interest.
The east teams should really just join the PBL. And the west should be the ibl, and maybe they can pick up some new teams out west.
Holland, and Elkhart, Windy City, and even grand rapids deserve better.
Actually, I wish the CBA and USBL was on a stronger foundation. We need good minorleague basketball again!
For one, you won't have a 80 degree gym in January. I know way too many people that would live to attend more Express games, but just can't take the heat of North Side Gym.
Again, I'm just not seeing how Elkhart in the PBL would be an impossible situation.
If Elkhart (City, County, Area) got smart and built an arena, then yeah, PBL would be possible. But then, with a new arena, D-League would be possible, and a better sell, I bet. Get affiliated with the Bulls, get Detroit or Indy from the Mad Ants, that would give you the pull to get the fans from the high school and college games.
If Elkhart (City, County, Area) got smart and built an arena, then yeah, PBL would be possible. But then, with a new arena, D-League would be possible, and a better sell, I bet. Get affiliated with the Bulls, get Detroit or Indy from the Mad Ants, that would give you the pull to get the fans from the high school and college games.[/quote]
More than one basketball game can be played in a building on a given day. The HS teams and the pro team could rotate through who played in the afternoon and who played at night. It's entirely doable.
I am not sold that NBA affiliation does anything for you without baseball-like call ups. I care about the Kinston Indians because I know that in five years at least one player I see will be playing for the Cleveland Indians, possibly even as a star (see Sizemore, Grady). D-League talent call ups at this point seem to be to fill rosters or for emergencies. Until the D in the D-League is meaningful, I don't see the NBA affiliation as anything other than window dressing.