Euroleague restructuring outlined in the 2009-12 strategic plan
by: Euroleague.net
June 4, 2009
Euroleague Basketball The restructuring of how teams gain access to the Euroleague, part of the 2009-12 strategic plan, is designed to include the best clubs and national leagues from Europe in a dynamic system that rewards consistent excellence while opening the door to solid new growth projects. The new system would promote stability through A licences earned by the competition's most accomplished clubs; would recognize each season's best teams and national leagues with B and C licences; and would widen potential Euroleague access to more countries through a new qualifying phase. Indeed, the system is so open and flexible that it could accommodate up to 18 national champions and up to 10 new teams in the Euroleague regular season each year. The plan does not change the existing Euroleague competition system, however, except to let the qualifying phase decide the last two regular season teams, further enhancing opportunity for emerging basketball countries. In the end, the new system assures that clubs consistently earning the best results on and off the court in European competition will find their commitment to excellence reciprocated by the Euroleague in a partnership that will strengthen basketball's long-term growth in Europe.
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