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How can the BBL be improved?...discuss

Over the last few weeks of hosting The UK Basketball Hub on Sports Tonight Live, we've seen a range of discussions of what people in the media, what BBL players/coaches/commentators and outsiders from the BBL would like to see in order to propel the league and while they may not all be to your fancy we thought we'd list them and set up the debate!

IDEA 1: Stadia and Infrastructure:  Put forward by BBLTV commentator Daniel Routledge:

BBL Teams need their own facilities in order to have power over tickets, finances and as well as that training and playing time.

Pro(s) - Allows the franchises to prosper from a financial point of view and have control of the venues.

- Allows players to train and play when it suits rather than when Badminton is not on the court!

- Means they don't have to pay an external party

Con(s): -  Expensive to implement

- Could take a lot of time to introduce


IDEA 2: BBL Magazine: Put forward by Sportsbeat's Will Piper 

The BBL should release a magazine, with interviews, pictures and opinion pieces.

Pro(s): - They already have photos, articles online and more so it wouldn't be difficult.

- They have access to BBL franchises and the players - they run it!

- Would be easy to distribute as it could be available at games

Con (s) - Costs of producing and publishing a magazine

- Is there a market for a BBL magazine?

IDEA 3: BBL All-Star: Discussed by Surrey United and Dagenham Dragons players as well as Will Piper

The BBL should have a BBL weekender event or something similar to the All-Star weekend

Pro(s): - Would highlight the sport and could take place when other sports don't have the spotlight i.e. International Football weekend.

- Arena and facilities would be available - could move venue on a yearly basis - to attract different audiences.

- As teams from across the BBL could be involved we could see coaches provided by teams to make it accessible.

Cons(s): BBL All-Star Game happened previously and wasn't continued so perhaps wasn't working.

- Would it gain enough interest?

- Would it disrupt the season?

IDEA 4: The BBL needs to be on TV: Put forward by Elvisi Dusha

The BBL needs to be on TV LIVE to attract a mass audience.

Pro(s): - Will attract a larger audience.

- Revenue from a TV deal

- National coverage could increase.

Con(s): - Is anyone willing to show it?

- BBL TV is doing reasonably well

- It didn't make too much difference before.

Which Idea would you implement?

Teams should own their Arenas
BBL All-Star
BBL Magazine
Relegation/Promotion
BBL broadcast LIVE on TV
A Cup involving ALL lower teams and BBL
More than one!
I have a different idea...will Tweet you it!
make a poll

IDEA 5: Promotion and Relegation/'Play-outs' - Put forward by Jack Kendall, discussed by Surrey United/Dagenham Dragons players

The teams at the top of the EBL and bottom of the BBL need something to play for.

Pro(s): - Would see more drama at the end of the season

- Would decrease possibility of teams losing all their games.

- Would make a more competitive league.

- Would give the EBL teams something to strive for on court.

- Would make it more likely for EBL teams to keep hold of star players.

Con(s): - Would teams be ready for the jump?

- BBL Teams wouldn't support it!

IDEA 6: BBL Trophy becomes more FA Cup-style - Put forward by Dagenham Dragon's Head Coach Jack Kendall, discussed by Steven Edwards

Pro(s) - Could see major upsets which could attract media attention

- Would allow lower division players to showcase their talents and teams also.

Con(s): - Could see blow-outs

- Potentially long travels for lower division teams.


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