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!
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless got together to spew garbage out of their mouths: We’re Bucked and King James Gospel have more. I believe the further promotion of both Smith and Bayless is a dadaist conspiracy.
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 →
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 →
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.