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More good news on the horizon


IT'S been a great week for women's basketball, with Sandy Brondello's appointment to coach the Opals, and now the WNBL poised to announce a fabulous new television deal midway through next week.

Regular visitors here would be well aware a TV deal has eluded the WNBL since the ABC bailed after the 2014-15 season but that lately, several times (most recently on April 9) we've alluded to an exciting new deal being, dare I use it ... "imminent".

Well, it is, and it has been in the offing for quite some months.

When Melbourne Boomers tweeted today: "Thursday April 27th ...hmmm..." it got me thinking that might be the day Basketball Australia, the WNBL and their new television partners break the news. 

But I'm more inclined to believe now the Boomers have a new signing announcement - they've still got Louella Tomlinson and Liz Cambage for the "big reveal" - and that they'd be doing that AFTER the new television deal is finalised, rather than steal any thunder.

We've all been waiting for ages for TV to happen and don't believe for a second the prominence the AFLW gave women's sport, didn't help. It did.

In Adelaide alone, it made the NBL club step up to take up the Lightning's license from BA, having an immediate positive influence.

It didn't hurt TV negotiations either.

By my calculations, with Monday the day for footy-aftermath news, Tuesday Anzac Day, and with the Boomers announcing someone on Thursday, Wednesday should be the day we finally know the WNBL will be treated with the respect and coverage it deserves.

Looking forward to (hopefully) seeing former players such as Carly Wilson (above) on the commentary and seeing who else television unearths.

Apr 20

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