NBL to stick with decals despite protests

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The NBL won't remove decals from their courts this season despite repeated calls from players citing them as a safety concern.

Three times this season the Australian Basketball Players' Association have requested action after players have slipped on or near sponsor stickers on court.

The issue reached boiling point this week when recently retired Australian basketball great Andrew Bogut joined the chorus of complaints to declare they must be removed before a player is seriously injured.

However the NBL on Tuesday said the decals met FIBA standards and were the same as used when the Boomers play officially sanctioned FIBA fixtures in Australia.

Switching to virtual signage is too expensive and painted sponsor logos are not possible on multi-purpose courts, according to NBL owner and chairman Larry Kestelman.

"On-court advertising provides an essential source of revenue for the league and clubs to fund NBL operations including items such as referee costs and the production of our broadcast, which in turn is essential to the revenue generating capacity of our clubs," he said.

"We will continue to look at all options and work closely with all venues and clubs to ensure best practice for player safety is protected."

NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said the league took action after "an abnormally high number of slippages in the opening game of the season in Adelaide" but that independent analysis since deemed the decals "very close to the ideal standard".

He said the focus would be on removing moisture from the court as soon as possible during a game to keep the floors as dry as possible.