The FIBA Europe Competitions’ Commission met this past Saturday in Girona, Spain to discuss the 2006/2007 season and upcoming plans for European club competitions.
Top of the agenda was a proposal to expand the format of the EuroLeague Women from 18 to 24 teams, which the Commission approved.
National federations and clubs requested to have more teams in the competition, thus reflecting the decision to expand.
“Increasing to 24 teams demonstrates the positive work that FIBA Europe has been carrying out as part of the Year of Women’s Basketball to make the EuroLeague Women more attractive to clubs and national federations,” said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
“The EuroLeague Women competition level is without doubt at an all-time high and we are confident that having 24 teams is in the best interests of European women’s basketball.”
On the men’s club competition side, the commission will continue reviewing the structure of the EuroCup. Effective immediately, the EuroCup Challenge will discontinue.
One idea under consideration for the EuroCup is subsidizing participating teams in the competition.
The commission is exploring television contracts for both the EuroCup and the EuroLeague Women. In addition, a working group has been established to study the possibility of having national team games played during the season.
“As demonstrated by web site statistics and attendance levels, both the EuroCup and EuroLeague Women continue to increase in popularity each year,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
“We will use all the means at our disposal to be sure that this trend continues and that as many basketball fans as possible have the opportunity to see the first-class players taking part in our competitions.”