The Sydney Kings have long been regarded as one of the glamour clubs of the National Basketball League (NBL). Adopting the LA Lakers colours of purple and gold, the original iteration of the Kings was formed in 1987 as an amalgamation of former Sydney NBL clubs the Weststars and the Supersonics. After finally experiencing sustained success during the early 2000’s, the Kings NBL license was terminated in 2008 after the owner was unable to pay player salaries. The iconic franchise was eventually relaunched for the 2010-11 season. Following the demolition of the Sydney Entertainment Centre at Darling Harbour, the club moved west to Olympic Park and now call Qudos Bank Arena home.
Jubilee Oval at Kogarah has been renamed Netsrata Jubilee Stadium after a new naming rights deal was confirmed in January. The 3-year deal between the strata management company and stadium owners, Georges River Council, was confirmed by local news outlet, the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. The venue had been without a naming rights partner after a contract with the University of Wollongong expired in 2017.
Fans have reason for cautious optimism with attendance figures indicating a renewed interest in the re-modeled Australian Baseball League (ABL). Overall a total of 112,496 people passed through the turnstiles during the 160-game season, an increase of more than 24,000 from the previous year.
The Sydney Blue Sox were formed when the Australian Baseball League was relaunched in a partnership with Major League Baseball in 2010/11. MLB has since redirected its funding into other areas of player development, forcing the ABL to re-assess their approach to professional baseball. After several years of decline, the league has adopted a private ownership model, which in Sydney’s case has reinvigorated the Blue Sox fan experience and brought the fans back in droves.
The Newcastle Jets trace their history back to the year 2000, when Newcastle United FC was formed to represent the Hunter region of NSW in the National Soccer League (NSL) following the demise of the Newcastle Breakers. United played four seasons in the NSL until the competition was dissolved, with the A-League subsequently launched as its successor in 2005. Newcastle were one of three former NSL clubs issued a license to join the new league. The club rebadged itself as the Jets in reference to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base located at Williamtown just north of the city.