European basketball is a professional sports competition in which clubs from different nations compete. The tournament is known as the EuroLeague and is widely recognised as one of the top tier leagues in Europe.
Lega Basket Serie A
The Lega Basket Serie A is one of the top European basketball leagues. It is played under FIBA rules. During the season, teams play home and away games. They also take part in the playoffs. Teams are ranked by total points. Each team receives two points for a win and no points for a loss.
The league’s history dates back to 1920. Over the years, many famous players have played in the league. Some of them include Bob McAdoo, Mike D’Antoni, and Danny Ferry.
The Lega Basket Serie A is currently considered the best basketball league in Europe. It has also attracted some of the biggest names in the NBA. Kobe Bryant was reportedly in serious negotiations to play in the league during the 2011 lockout season.
The Lega Basket Serie A features some of the highest salaries in Italy. In fact, it is the highest-paid basketball league in the country. As a result, foreigners can earn $150,000 – $350,000 USD per year.
The EuroLeague is the top-tier European professional basketball competition. It was established in 1958 by the FIBA.
As the name suggests, it is a competition between the best clubs in Europe. Teams from domestic leagues compete for a yearly championship. Some teams have played in the competition as far back as the 1950s, but the most recent incarnation began in 2004.
Each team plays against other teams twice during the regular season. A team’s performance during the regular season is measured by its rankings and television revenue. In the playoffs, first-place teams are placed in a group of eight.
The winners of the playoffs advance to the Final Four, a tournament involving four teams. One team wins the Final Four and is crowned the champion.
The EuroLeague’s premier event has traditionally drawn over 15,000 fans. Fans can watch the event on a live stream or through the league’s own TV service.
This year, the league has joined forces with Canadian blockchain specialist Clancy. By establishing a secure and scalable network of NFTs, the league believes it can build a marketplace that unifies its various propositions. Owners of the NFTs will be rewarded with ever-growing benefits and utilities.
The EuroCup Basketball is a secondary level professional club basketball tournament in Europe. It is a transnational competition featuring teams from European domestic national leagues. Founded in 2002, it has evolved from the FIBA Korac Cup and the ULEB Cup.
It has two phases: the Regular Season and the Playoffs. In the Regular Season, each team plays two games against every other team in its group. Teams that finish in the top eight of their groups qualify for the next phase.
In the Playoffs, teams compete in a best-of-three series. The winner advances to the next round. During the playoffs, a team’s home court advantage is determined.
The first phase of the tournament, the Regular Season, has 24 teams participating. A team is seeded into 10 pots based on its performance in the previous three years of European competitions.
The second phase, the Playoffs, is a best-of-three series. Unlike the first round, the playoffs include teams from different leagues. For example, in the 2014-15 season, teams from the ABA League, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the FIBA Suproleague all qualified.
Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL)
The Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL) is one of the strongest leagues in the world. It is a professional men’s basketball league in Turkey, based on a pyramid system that includes a first and second tier.
Currently, there are 16 teams that participate in the BSL. Some teams, like Basket Zielona Gora, have withdrawn from the league due to opposition to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
The Turkish Basketball Federation started the professional league in 1966, replacing the previous Turkish Championship. Local tournaments were held in Izmir, Istanbul, and Ankara.
After a short period of time, the national league was established. In addition to the Turkish Championship, the Basketball Super League also replaced the Turkish Basketball League (1946-1966).
After the restructuring, the league was split into two tiers. The top eight clubs were given the right to participate in the playoffs. This system was changed after the 2007-08 season. Despite this, BSL still has a good chance to overtake the ACB in quality of play.