Sydney Kings pushing for historic Christmas Day slot

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NBL franchise Sydney Kings are hoping to go the archetypal Australian top-tier sporting squad to play a lucifer connected Christmas Day.

While Australia is known for its heavyweight Boxing Day fixtures, consisting of Test cricket and the iconic Sydney-Hobart yacht race, Christmas Day is yet to beryllium a salient fixture successful the sporting calendar.

Across the globe, Christmas Day fixtures are a large woody successful the US, mostly owed to TV ratings success.

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Both the NFL and NBA signifier fixtures connected Christmas Day, which typically are highlighted by marquee matchups.

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The Kings this play volition big Melbourne United connected Boxing Day, but organisation president and proprietor Paul Smith, says helium wants the fixture to alteration the pursuing season.

"It's 1 of the past bits of uncharted territory successful Australian sport," Smith told the Sydney Morning Herald. "We truly privation to bash it, we'd emotion to bash it.

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"If determination is immoderate territory we tin break, if determination are immoderate frontiers we tin get through, we privation to get done those. We're precise pro the idea.

"The satellite has changed; erstwhile I grew up, Christmas Day was holier than holy. Now pubs, restaurants, clubs, determination are radical eating retired connected Christmas Day, it's a large thing."

The thought has been brought to the attraction of the NBL, but the league has been receptive according to the Sydney Morning Herald's report.

NBL's summertime competitors, cricket's Big Bash League, has agelong considered having a fixture connected Christmas Day.

The thought has been discussed and floated by the BBL but has yet to instrumentality place.

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