Bertomeu: My vision is to have 16 stable licenses plus two additional licenses allocated to EuroCup

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Bertomeu: I believe we have found the right system of play with the round-robin regular season that we deployed three seasons ago

In an interview he had with EuroLeague official website, Jordi Bertomeu talked about the future plans for EuroLeague and EuroCup.

Per EuroLeague, “The allocation of licenses will go through some modifications, as well, highlighted by the widened window for EuroCup teams to qualify. Instead of the champion only, both EuroCup finalists will now qualify to the EuroLeague the next season. Additionally, those EuroCup teams that qualify will be given a chance to stay in the EuroLeague beyond one season, according to their performance, which also corrects a weakness we had over the last years.

“Finally, the substitution of the spots allocated to domestic leagues by annual wild cards will help us ensure that any candidates to join the league meet the necessary standards to do so.”

*Are there any plans for new expansions or changes in the competition in the near future?*
“I believe we have found the right system of play with the round-robin regular season that we deployed three seasons ago. Numbers prove that this is what fans want to see – continuous action and extended rivalries between the top clubs and players. So, this is one element that we are not planning to change and will definitely stay in the future.

“Any changes in the competition will probably come from a territorial expansion, but not necessarily from increasing the number of licenses. It is too early to mention any details, as these have not been agreed amongst the clubs, but there is a general understanding on the fact that to take this league to the next level we need to work hard on strengthening its stability and growing the teams’revenues and value. I have repeatedly stated that my vision is to have a league with 16 stable licenses that allow us to grow the product collectively, plus two additional licenses allocated to the EuroCup through a promotion/relegation system that allow ambitious and solid projects to find their path to the elite.”

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