Euroleague clubs and representatives of national leagues met today in the Italian capital to advance debate on the strategic plan for the 2009-12 period that was first presented in Berlin in July 2008.
An evolution of this plan was presented that would permit a greater consensus across Europe and would allow for greater participation from teams and national leagues that do not currently have access to the competition.
The proposal was supported by 20 clubs and 3 of the leagues represented in Tuesday’s meeting where an agreement on the direction of the proposal presented was reached. Votes against the proposal came from 2 clubs and 2 leagues. This overwhelming consensus in favour of the strategic plan signifies another step towards creating the necessary stability for the continued positive growth of the Euroleague.
As part of these developments, the competition would consist of five phases: Qualifying Rounds, Regular Season, Top 16, Playoffs, and Final Four.
The proposal discussed would allow double the number of national champions to participate in the top European competition compared to the current format, by opening the Euroleague up to 30 teams when including the Qualifying Rounds.
- The Qualifying Rounds would be played by 8 teams, of which 2 would qualify for the Regular Season.
- The Regular Season would be played by 24 teams: 13 having long-term A Licences, 10 having one-year B Licences (including the 2 teams from the Qualifying Rounds), and the Eurocup champion having a one-year C Licence. This will be revised and evaluated in the summer of 2012.
- The A Licences would go to the 13 top-ranked teams since the 2002-03 season, when the competition was consolidated with 24 teams per year, according to the following ranking parameters: 60% sports results, 30% TV income generated in their markets, and 10% arena attendance.
- The champions in at least 12 national leagues, if not more, would have their presence in the Euroleague guaranteed with the possibility of obtaining a one-year B Licence based solely on sports results in their domestic championships. The runners-up and third-place teams from three of the highest-rated national leagues according to a separate ranking would also have options to obtain a B Licence. If, however, a Euroleague team with an A Licence wins its domestic title, that place would not go directly to the same country's runner-up, but rather to the next country on the ranking of national leagues, thus permitting more opportunities among countries and clubs.
- The Eurocup champion would retain the current prize for winning that competition, namely a one-year C Licence. If a team qualifies as Eurocup champion and later wins its national championship, the team would go to the Euroleague as national champion and the Eurocup C Licence would become a wild card.
The strategic plan included proposals for promoting the Euroleague and optimizing its economic resources, including the television coverage and commercial assets of the competition. A business plan was presented including specific economic objectives and investments. These were considered highly important.
Finally 23 out of the 30 members present agreed to create a Shareholders Executive Board formed by:
- President, Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball CEO
- Asseco Prokom Sopot
- CSKA Moscow
- Efes Pilsen
- Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
- Montepaschi Siena
- Olympiacos Piraeus
- Real Madrid
- Tau Ceramica
- ABA (Adriatic League)
- BBL (Germany)
- LEGA (Italy)
- LNB (France).
The goal of this board is to monitor and control the observance of the resolutions adopted by Shareholders Meetings.