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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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