The 40 clubs that will participate in the two premier European club competitions, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup, gathered on Thursday together with the ECA Shareholder domestic leagues to review the latest developments in both competitions, discuss key issues for future growth, as well as to approve the 2017-18 teams list, regulations and calendar.
Euroleague Basketball executives presented to the ECA Shareholders the strategic pillars to drive business operations during the next five years as defined at the recent club owners’ working session in Chantilly, France.
Attendees reviewed a report from Euroleague Basketball’s officiating department, which included key data of the 2016-17 season and their plans for 2017-18.
Further reports on the leagues’ financials, 2017-18 bylaws as well as the integrity and monitoring programme run in partnership with Genius Sports were also heard and approved.
The 2017-18 EuroLeague and EuroCup will see the first games of the new season being played in mid-October.
The EuroCup Regular Season will tip-off on October 11 and run until December 27. Top 16 qualified teams will compete in the six round second phase starting on January 3 and finishing on February 7. Best-of-three Quarterfinals will tip-off on March 6, Semifinals will start on March 20, and the Finals will commence on April 10, with the competition’s champion being crowned on April 13 or April 16, depending on whether or not the series will include a Game 3.
The EuroLeague will maintain its successful renewed format and calendar, with the league’s start marked on October 12. The season will run its 30 round regular season until April 6. The eight best teams of the season will battle in the best-of-five playoffs from April 17 to May 1, with the Final Four games being hosted in Belgrade on May 18 & 20.
The full competition calendars will be released in the coming days at euroleague.net and eurocupbasketball.com
2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup Team List
ALBA Berlin, ASVEL Villeurbanne, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica, Cedevita Zagreb, Darussafaka Istanbul, Dolomiti Energia Trento, FC Bayern Munich, Fiat Turin, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Levallois Metropolitans, Lietkabelis Panevezys, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, Limoges CSP, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, MoraBanc Andorra La Vella, Partizan NIS Belgrade, ratiopharm Ulm, RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Tofas Bursa, Unics Kazan, Zenit St Petersburg.
2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Team List*
Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Brose Bamberg, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, CSKA Moscow, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, FC Barcelona Lassa, Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, Khimki Moscow Region, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Valencia Basket, Zalgiris Kaunas.
*An exception to the existing regulation on maximum of 4 teams from the same country has been approved, therefore including 5 teams from Spain only for the 2017-18 Season.