Published on : 05/25/2020 – 21:50Modified : 05/25/2020 – 21:50
While the end of the season in July had been mentioned for a while, the Euroleague will not finally come to an end. The main basketball competition in Europe has announced the cancellation of the current edition.
The Euroleague, the main European basketball competition, has been definitively stopped this season due to the coronavirus pandemic which stopped the championship six days before the end of the regular season, the body announced on Monday 25 May. communicated.
Having explored every possible option, the Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup, as well as the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament and EuroLeague Academy. # EUROLEAGUEUNITED
– Turkish Airlines EuroLeague (????) (@EuroLeague) May 25, 2020
“After exploring all the possible options, the executive board has decided to cancel the 2019/20 Euroleague, as well as the Eurocup (2e continental level, Editor’s note), “said Euroleague Basketball, in charge of the two main European basketball competitions.
“It is arguably the most difficult decision we have had to make in 20 years of existence. For reasons beyond our control, we have been forced to stop the most exciting competition in basketball history. European “, regretted Jordi Bertomeu, boss of Euroleague basketball.
The association of Euroleague players (ELPA) decided for the most part to stop the season.
To try to end the season interrupted since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the body hoped to play the last 54 matches of the regular season, as well as a Final 8, from July 4 to 26 on a unique site. A model that the professional leagues in North America, especially the NBA, are trying to set up to end their seasons.
After 28 days in the regular season, Efes Istanbul was at the top of the ranking, with 24 wins for 4 losses, ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona (22 wins).
Canceled exercises, clubs maintained
For the Euroleague 2020/21 season, the 18 clubs of this now canceled exercise are qualified, in particular the Asvel for France, which appeared in this new Euroleague formula in almost closed mode. Tony Parker’s club wrapped up at 15e place, with 10 wins for 18 losses.
Eight clubs, including Monaco for France, out of 24 already have their tickets for the 2020/21 edition of Eurocup, the other 16 places will be allocated according to the results in the national championships.
“In the coming months, we have one mission: to do everything in our power to help our community come back stronger. […]. This is not an end, but more a new beginning, “concluded Jordi Bertomeu.