March 24 2018
There are 15 days to go until the Tigers tip off their 2018 SEABL season, anticipation is building as both Tigers sides have new coaches and new players and are determined to better their 7 win 2017 campaign.
The Men’s team have gone from 3 wins to 7 wins and so the upward trend is expected to continue.
The Women now have several players with no less than one season of SEABL experience plus at least four of them have WNBL experience, a 10-10 season or better is not out of the question.
Memberships are now available, make sure you get yours and enjoy some SEABL and Big V games at Oakleigh Recreation Centre or spend $50 to become a regular member and enjoy a nice hat and other goodies.
Meanwhile the Tigers estranged son, Melbourne United is heading towards their first championship as Melbourne United and it will be interesting to see what happens.
For years we have told people that Larry Kestelman owning Melbourne United and the NBL is a conflict of interest and it is, the CEO and majority owner of the league should not be personally owning a chunk of a Basketball club.
Melbourne United’s victory (unless they collapse) will be tainted, there will always be questions from people wondering if the NBL paved their path to glory in terms of finances and refereeing decisions as their co-owner is the boss of the NBL.
Did Larry Kestelman save the NBL? Yes, his millions gave sponsors the confidence that their investment money was safe, the NBL needed financial stability and for over a decade it didn’t have it and now they do.
Basketball’s popularity was never in doubt but the media and business world didn’t have much confidence in it to report on it or fund it and so the game declined to the point in 2014 it was in major trouble and needed deep pockets to get it out of trouble.
Does Larry Kestelman need to co-own Melbourne United? Absolutely not.
Will the media ever talk about the conflict of interest? Probably not and that is because why would you want to dare speak out of turn as everybody is in that winning feeling?
Don’t forget that Joey Wright alluded to the conflict of interest and he was fined $5000, the comment went over 90% of fans heads but the NBL knew he was talking about Melbourne United and the NBL being under the one roof.
Melbourne United would not be hurt by Larry Kestelman leaving Melbourne United, he could do a Donald Trump and turn his share over to his family, there will still be suspicion that he’d be helping family out but at least there is no chance his hand will be in the till.
Some readers may say that this is hypocritical because if United stayed as the Tigers, then this writer be in the position United fans are in, the truth is that it would of been impossible to follow a club when ethics are being broken by the co-owner of the club.
The NBL must be a competition that is free from any high ranking official having a personal stake in any of the clubs
Anyway there are 15 days to go and this Tigers fan is excited because it is going to be a great SEABL season.