ECA Board approves proposed team lists for 2019-20, discusses future

Jun 27, 2019 by Print
ECA Board approves proposed team lists for 2019-20, discusses future

Game rule changes to be applied starting October 2019

The Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) Shareholders Executive Board, meeting on 27 June 2019 to review business and sports progress, agreed on proposals to be submitted to the upcoming ECA Shareholders Meeting, to be held on 11 July 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Euroleague Basketball executives opened the meeting with an overview of the results of the 2018-19 season with regards to fan base, audience, in-arena attendance, and generated revenues, which again shows remarkable growth, continuing the trend that the competitions have experienced over recent seasons.

The clubs present also heard about the latest developments in the EuroLeague Business Operations and Club Services (EL BOCS) unit, which finished its second year in operation. EL BOCS has become a key tool for adopting a greater club business culture, boosting collective and individual off-the-court performance, and becoming a central forum for clubs to voice their opinions and experiences through transparent sharing of information between all clubs and the league. Attendees heard about the new initiatives being deployed, including plans to improve the customer experience in every EuroLeague arena, and a brand new league fund made available to clubs to help adapt their structures to better face today’s challenges and grow future opportunities.

Additionally, Executive Board members also:

  • Examined the latest developments in the conversations with the EuroLeague Players Association (ELPA), the EuroLeague Head Coaches Board (ELHCB), and the Union of Euroleague Basketball Officials (UEBO) towards the goal of agreeing on respective collective bargaining agreements.
  • Discussed new Financial Stability & Fair Play Regulations (FSFPR) aimed at strengthening transparency and further promoting sustainable business practices by increasing the sanction structure while progressively further reducing allowed off-market financing.
  • Reviewed the 2018-19 economic closing figures and 2019-20 projections and economic distribution criteria, including a 16% growth in the club distribution pool.
  • Reviewed and discussed new proposed By-Laws regulations.
  • Agreed on modifications to the 2019-20 games rules as proposed by the EB Advisory Council, namely:
    • Jump ball to be reinstated, replacing alternating possessions.
    • 24 seconds and center line ball inbound awarded in the event that one of the two jump ball players commits a violation during the jump ball to start the first quarter or an overtime, as opposed to the current 14 seconds and front court ball inbound.
    • Coach, bench and player technical fouls not to be counted as team fouls.
    • Game clock to be reset to the original change of possession, with the amount of time on the game and shot clock set then, and the ball inbounded where the change of possession took place, in the event that referees stop the game to correct the game clock.

    The impact of the rule changes will be analysed and the data shared with FIBA to support them in the improvement of the global rules of the game.

  • Approved proposed list of 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams:
ALBA Berlin
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona Lassa
FC Bayern Munich
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Khimki Moscow Region
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Olympiacos Piraeus
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Real Madrid
Valencia Basket
Zalgiris Kaunas
Zenit St Petersburg