Around the Net: October 28, 2011

Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of posts. I’ve been in the middle of moving to a new city so there was that whole moving thing to do. And then I had to set up the internet and other stuff like that. It happens. But now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. Posts everyday: huzzah!

First off, The NBA Fansided network has been rolling out a five reasons to be optimistic for every team: Sun-N-Gun, We’re Bucked, Nugg Love, Roberto Gato, The Sixer Sense, Fully Clips and Hardwood Houdini.

In lockout news: Pippen Ain’t Easy, Howard the Dunk and A Royal Pain. Continue Reading


Euroleague Games: October 20

The Maccabi Electra bros are looking spry

Partizan mt:s vs. Anadolu Efes
7:00 PM CET/ 1 PM ET
NBA Players: Acie Law (Partizan); Sasha Vujacic, Ersan Ilyasova (Anadolu)

Belgacom Spirou vs. Real Madrid
8:30 PM CET/ 2:30 PM ET
NBA Players: Jiri Welsch (Team Awesome); Rudy Fernandez (Real Madrid)

Panathinaikos vs. Unicaja
8:45 PM CET/ 2:45 PM ET

Emporio Armani vs. Maccabi
8:45 PM CET/ 2: 45 PM ET
NBA Players: Jordan Farmar (Maccabi)

U. Olimpija vs. FCB Regal
8:45 PM CET/ 2:45 PM ET
NBA Players: Danny Green (U. Olimpija);

Brose Baskets vs. KK Zagreb CO
9:00 PM CET/ 3:00 PM ET

All Warriors, Bucks, Spurs, Nets and Mavs fans rejoice. Some of your guys are playing.


North American’s Guide to Euroleague

I realize that I may have gotten ahead of myself with some of this Euroleague coverage. Without a strong base for how the Euroleague is run, some readers and I may get lost with some of this coverage. So let’s just take a look with how Euroleague is structured.

How does a team qualify for Euroleague?

Unlike the NBA, team’s participation in the league isn’t automatic. Euroleague is a mash of the best, most popular pro teams from several autonomous, domestic European pro leagues. To determine which teams qualify for Euroleague, the governing body, ULEB, uses a licensing system.

The A Licenses grant automatic entry into the Euroleague for three years at a time. These licenses are awarded based on a formula of competitive balance, television revenues and home attendance. The ULEB suspended Virtus Roma’s A license after the club finished in the bottom half of its domestic league. To compensate, the ULEB awarded a license to Asseco Prokom Gdynia. 13 total A licenses are awarded. In addition, there is another ‘wild card’ license. It is awarded for three years and is based on A license criteria. How this is different from the A license is a mystery to me. Continue Reading


Euroleague Opener: CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas

Time: October 12, 20:45 CET or 2:45 ET

The new Zalgirio Arena doesn’t just get the honor of hosting the medal rounds of 2011 Eurobasket, but it’s also hosting the opening game of Eurobasket. It’s a strong opener between the Lithuanian League champs, Zalgiris Kaunas, and Russian League champs, CSKA Moscow. Both teams are expected to advance to the round of 16. Continue Reading


Around the Network: October 16, 2011

Today, there is more lockout talk from A Royal Pain, Lake Show Life, and Pippen Ain’t Easy.

In other pretty big news, The Sixer Sense reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have been sold:

This officially ends the tenure of Comcast-Spectacor’s ownership – a group seemingly committed to spending but not one to show much public care for the team: Chairman Ed Snider was thought to “not care” as much about the Sixers as he did the Flyers. While that may be true, that did not make him a “bad” owner. He was willing to spend and do what he can to improve the roster and team.

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