La Dinamo Sassari ha ottenuto la Licenza B dall’Eurolega e sarà la seconda squadra italiana nella massima competizione europea della palla a spicchi. Assieme ai biancoblù l’EA7 Milano, dotata di Licenza A, mentre Pallacanestro Cantù e Virtus Roma non parteciperanno al torneo di qualificazione.
Un traguardo storico per la società sassarese del presidente Stefano Sardara, ennesimo ‘step’ (citando lo stesso numero uno di via Nenni) di una crescita partita con la vittoria del campionato di Legadue nel 2010 e passata per le partecipazioni ai playoff in tutte e quattro le stagioni di residenza nella massima serie, oltre alla vittoria della Coppa Italia nel febbraio scorso e le due partecipazioni all’Eurocup (2012-2013 e 2013-2014). In queste due avventure la Dinamo trovò, tra le altre, Stella Rossa Belgrado e Alba Berlino, le altre due società che hanno ottenuto la Licenza B. Le altre partecipanti saranno: Efes Istanbul, CSKA Mosca, Fenerbache, Barcellona, Bayern Monaco, Galatasaray, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria, Limoges, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Nizhny Novgorod, Neptunas Klaipeda, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Athens, PGE Turow Zgorzelec, Real Madrid, Unicaja Malaga, Valencia Basket Club, Zalgiris Kaunas.
Un’altra partecipante arriverà dal qualifying round, cui parteciperanno CEZ Basketball Nymburk, Levski Sofia, Stelmet Zielona Gora, Strasburgo, Ostenda, Hapoel Gerusalemme, ASVEL e Unics Kazan. Budivelnik Kiev ha abbandonato nonostante il diritto a partecipare. Da ricordare, tornando alla Dinamo, che sono già stati sottoscritti 4000 abbonamenti, indice dell’entusiasmo per il basket in quel di Sassari e in generale in tutta la Sardegna, per quella che ad oggi è davvero l’unica squadra di tutta l’Isola.
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The Executive Board of Euroleague Commercial Assets, meeting in Barcelona on Wednesday, unanimously agreed to propose team lists for the upcoming 2014-15 season and also to recommend changes designed to reach a comprehensive competition model for European club basketball.
New licensing, competition structures
The board reviewed plans offered by Euroleague Basketball management that aim to ensure the continued growth and stability of the organization’s competitions while offering clubs a clear route to their individual and collective development.
The board approved steps toward a consolidated club competitions structure that seeks to give all stakeholders – clubs, owners, sponsors, players, domestic leagues and fans alike – an easily understood framework that brings more long-term stability and fairness. The steps include reforming the licensing system of access to competitions.
To transition towards this model, a new system would enter in force for the 2015-16 season, which would replace the current country ranking that allocates B-Licences by guaranteeing fixed spots for domestic leagues to qualify for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. An agreement would be sought between ECA and the domestic leagues on promoting, organizing and coordinating competitions to homogenize European professional basketball, creating a framework that would allow Euroleague Basketball and the domestic leagues to take the next steps towards an eventual European League model.
Both structures will be presented in detail to the ECA Shareholders Meeting for its approval.
Audience, economic growth continue to rise
In a season-end review, the Board also heard evidence of record increases in audience numbers across-the-board for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. This audience increase was registered in every platform, from arena attendance to television, from online to mobile.
Audience growth was mirrored by end-of-year economic growth as Euroleague Basketball reported to the board an increase in net revenues of 8.7% as compared to the previous season. The better performance contributed to an economic distribution to Euroleague clubs that was 11.5% higher than last year, when there had been an increase, as well.
Euroleague Basketball’s profit before taxes represented 7% of the company’s revenues. The profit was 13.3% higher than the forecast at the start of the season.
2014-15 Bylaws Modifications
The board also heard about proposed changes in the competition bylaws, which expand on initiatives approved at its last meeting in March. The changes seek to enhance the fan experience through improved teams and product presentation as well as arena lighting requirements, among other modifications.
2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague team list
The board’s proposed team list for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague includes two teams that were replaced for being unable to fulfill the necessary requirements to participate. Cibona Zagreb was substituted by the next-best Adriatic League team, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade, and Italian League finalist Montepaschi Siena was replaced by the next-best team in the competition, Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Additionally, the board will propose to the ECA shareholders that ALBA Berlin be awarded a one-year wild card to fill a vacant A-license. Finally, the executive board has accepted Budivelnik Kiev’s offer to rescind its participation in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds next season due to political uncertainty in Ukraine.