Key meeting of the Euroleague

The clubs, which send updates on the health regulations in each country, have a meeting this Thursday. There is uncertainty.


The Euroleague 2020-21 plays its first final next Thursday, the 10th. The clubs have been summoned by Jordi Bertomeu, president of the competition, for a telematic meeting that is considered decisive for the present of the continental tournament, hit by the collateral problems of the Covid crisis that have to do with crossing borders and traveling to other countries.

Over the last few weeks, Euroleague clubs from ten countries (Germany, Turkey, Spain, Italy, France, Serbia, Greece, Russia, Israel and Lithuania) have had to send the Euroleague competitions department continuous updates on the health situation and regulations for traveling to other countries.

The clubs are concerned that, although the calendar was drawn and set and the start of the regular season is scheduled for October 1, the Euroleague has not given any information in this regard, hence the next one is considered key Thursday

The Euroleague, like so many other competitions, is playing its future these days. Despite not finishing last season, the year could be saved thanks to the ERTEs, the salary reduction agreements with the players since most of the agreements with the private sponsors as well as part of the ticketing budget had been fulfilled. A second year without matches would be a very hard blow for a competition that had grown in recent seasons and whose objective was to expand and reach new strategic points such as the city of London itself.

The Euroleague trusts that, like competitions such as the Champions League, with trips like Real Madrid to Manchester or Naples to Barcelona; or the same Football League of Nations that has begun to be played, the health authorities and the governments of the countries allow a special travel regime to the Euroleague teams so that the competition can start.

Until now, no alternative possibilities have been considered such as inventing a bubble and playing in the same venue. The tightness of the calendars, for now, discourages it and makes it almost impossible. The current format, of 34 regular league games plus the best-of-five quarter-finals playoffs, has too many games to think, to this day, of such an extreme solution.

The Eurocup, also in the air

In the same situation as the Euroleague, even more complicated, is the Eurocup, since instead of ten countries there are 24 teams from up to 13 countries. For the moment, in the telematic conversations that the Euroleague member clubs have had, the Eurocup has appeared less in the discussions than the main competition, which is a priority to save the future of the organization.

On the 15th it will be known if there are FIBA Windows in November

The FIBA will decide this next September 15th whether or not to finally relocate the Selection Window that was scheduled for the month of November and that, initially, was going to be carried out 2021. Said Window, in which Spain must play against Israel away from home and against Romania at home, had signs of being played after the Pre-Olympic and turned the qualifying matches for the European into clashes also in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the idea of Andreas Zagklis has been changing and right now there are more options that Windows will be played between November 27 and 30. For now, the matches would be played behind closed doors. The change of date in the Windows would force the ACB to modify the calendar, since there are two days planned in the current calendar that should be modified and enter the week. The Euroleague, like these years, has matches scheduled on the same dates as the Windows and will not modify them.

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