In episode 58 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we go into the behind the scenes of running a BBL club with 5 different owners.
Paul Blake (Newcastle Eagles), Russell Levenston (Leicester Riders), Vince Macaulay (London Lions), Yuri Matischen (Sheffield Sharks), and Richard Mollard (Plymouth Raiders) jump on a Skype call to discuss the ins and outs of the league and running a franchise.
In this episode, hear from the owners on:
The structure of BBL clubs and why they all have a foundation separate to the professional club
The extent of most BBL clubs community programmes
How revenues compare between the foundation and professional club
Whether a BBL franchise could be successful without a grassroots programme
Why the BBL gets a bad rep when it comes to junior development
Why more young British players don’t see minutes in the BBL
The talent pathway and players going to college in the US
The BBL in its ‘heyday’ of the 90s and early 00s being on shaky unsustainable foundations
The importance of teams having their own facilities and arenas with basketball at their heart
How much more sustainable the league is today compared to previous years
Why we haven’t seen BBL teams signing young elite British talent to contracts
Why some of the owners believe the majority of kids going to the US for college are wasting their time
Fighting the perception of what the US college route is compared to staying in the UK
The difference between going to the US for an experience or if it’s because you want a basketball career
How important and underrated BUCS could be for the development of British players
The relationship between the BBL clubs and the federations
The importance of a unified basketball structure in the UK
How hard it is to sell tickets to live basketball games
Average attendances across the BBL
The important and need for good sales people to sell tickets to games
How much of team’s revenues are from ticket sales
The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the BBL
How decision making works with the all the BBL teams being shareholders of the league
How teams are held accountable to the terms of the BBL operating license awarded by the BBF
Why people who are investing in the BBL aren’t primarily doing it for a profit
The importance of media coverage and what teams and the league are doing to engage media
The automated Keemotion cameras that are used to film games and the plans moving forward
Player welfare and what is being done to protect players in the BBL
Whether the owners would have any object to the players unionising
The London City Royals situation
Changes that are being made to the franchise due-diligence process to ensure new high-risk franchises are not being admitted
The cost of being a BBL franchise
What teams get in return for the £150,000 franchise fee
The incentive for a team like Solent Kestrels to join the BBL
The average value of a BBL franchise
What the 5-year vision is for the future of the BBL
And much, much more!
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