Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Unicaja becomes strong in the BCL

The Basketball Champions League (BCL) has selected Unicaja Baloncesto to be part of the Club Council of the competition organized by FIBA ​​in the 2023-24 season.

President Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto will represent the interests of the Los Guindos entity and national basketball in this important forum. Owners and presidents of BCL clubs are present on this council and its function is to propose the development of strategies, businesses and decision-making for a better functioning of European basketball, both in the short, medium and long term.

Unicaja will have a say in the BCL. BCL

Eleven clubs represented

A representative of FIBA ​​Europe will participate in this BCL Club Council, the Italian Maurizio Bertea and is made up of 11 clubs. In addition to Unicaja, the components of this council are: AEK Athens (Greece), Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany), JDA Dijon (France), Dinamo Sassari (Italy), Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel), Igokea (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Filou Oostende (Belgium), Lenovo Tenerife (Spain), Karsiyaka Pine Forest (Turkey), Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania).

Patrick Comninos, CEO of the BCL, during a press conference in Malaga. Mariano Pozo/BCL

The inclusion of Unicaja gives the green and purple club an important position, since the BCL council will be able to have a say on issues related to European basketball, always seeking to establish lines of action that benefit everyone.

Key moment in the future of European basketball

We must remember that we are in a decisive moment for the future of the sport of basketball in Europe. The relationships between Euroleague and the FIBA ​​seem to be normalizing and in the coming months the long-awaited reunification of continental basketball will have to be addressed. There are many rumors that predict a revolution in basketball, with only two competitions, in which there would be promotions and relegations between both and in which the current competition would be unified. Eurocup and the current BCL in a second competition below the current Euroleague.


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