First excuse my bad English.
Secondly allow me to use my bad English in order to express my thoughts about Euroleague with its current form.
In case Euroleague officials reading this forum (which I doubt)
Mr Jordi Bertomeu.
I know that basketball in Europe is not so popular sport in most of countries. Especially in north of Europe. (England Germany France Scandinavian countries etch)
I know that only Spain Greece Itally Lithuania Russia & the ex Yugoslavian countries, takes basketball more seriously. But then again even in those countries, basketball comes as the second most popular sport after football.
Euroleague has made a lot of steps since the disputes between ULEB & FIBA.
We have seen great games, great teams, great players, great new arenas.
Allow me to express my skepticism though.
Under its current form I think that Euroleague cannot improve its product more. If you really want to developed your product, you have to create a decent and stable income for the EL teams.
EL teams, get some financial compensation from euroleague but the amount of money allow me to say that is peanuts. No serious at all.
Panathinaikos had last year 23 million euros budget and got from Euroleague just 1 million euros as EL Champion.
How can we support the EL teams with so few money? I remind you that in most countries almost everywhere, the local basketball federations are very pour as well. Maybe except the ACB league, all the other federations are strangling to have decent leagues.
In order to create a really strong European league I believe that either we have to allow the EL teams to manage the TV broadcasting rights, in order to find/create more economic funds, or we have to create a close league (like NBA) something it would bring back the interest. (My opinion and of course it's discussable)
Euroleague must become more professional.
I find very odd the fact that the EL trophy is named with its sponsor name as well. First time in my life I see the sponsors name written on a trophy !!!
I also find it very bad for the firm, for the Euroleague, the fact that the sponsors name appears with bigger letters above the league's name.
It appears like the name of the League is Turkey airlines, and the name of the sponsor is Euroleague.
I know that what I mention now are just details. But for me the way some one is advertising its product is very important. And I believe that Euroleague lacks of marketing as well. The Euroleague site needs some improvement, your tv sportscasters are like sportscasting ice skating most of times and please do something about the TV highlight games. They show absolutely nothing, and you cant have a general idea just in 30 seconds. That's how much the highlights last.
I will ask from the forumites to express and share their thoughts about Euroleague's future as well.
We know that Euroleague will never become Champions League, but if we still want to have great teams, then we have to find a way to improve the league and find more economic funds for the EL teams.
I don't think that the rich presidents of our teams, will keep spoil their money for their Beloved teams and for their passion.
How can you expect Mr Jordi Bertomeu from these people to continue to invest to their basketball clubs when Euroleague offers almost nothing, financial wise.
Euroleague is not you. Euroleague is not just a name which is copyright protected by you. Euroleague is PAO OLY BARCA REAL MACCABI CSKA SIENA and all these teams that are strangle every year to find money to pay their contracts.
So there's only two solutions.
Either we cut the budgets to 4-5 million euro for each team, in order to have an income outcome balance, (but that would spoil the dynamic of the rosters, and all the good players would leave for NBA) or we keep these businessmen alive , we keep the high budgets, but we give a reason as well to these businessmen, to these presidents to keep spending money for the EL teams. And the reason would be if they had any profits to gain through Euroleague games.
THERE IS NO WAY FOR SOMEONE TO INVEST ON A TEAM, WHILE THERE IS NO PROFIT TO GAIN.
And Euroleague should not only give the opportunity for some one to claim the European title, but also should give the opportunity for someone to invest in this league.
And don't believe that Mr Giannakopouloi or Mr Angellopouloi, and the other rich presidents of CSKA BARCELONA etch, will keep spending their money on a dead financial product as Euroleage is under its current form.
After all if Euroleague has a good brand name, that is because of these rich presidents and their teams. With out them there would be no Euroleague.
So. You have to find funds for the EL teams. And the fact that basketball is not so popular in Europe, there is no excuse.
There is no excuse to pay just 300.000 euros to EL team for its participation to the league.
Funny amount of money. Do we want to kill the teams? Ok. But you won't see again teams with superstars and fully crowded arenas.
Unless if Euroleague wish to return to 1980 era. Of course by that time, money was not the issue.
Last edited by Panathinaikos bc; 03-22-2012 at 09:25 PM.
I seriously hope that you are not planning to send this thing to Bertomeu. As much as I dislike him and the Euroleague "project", I don't think he deserves such a punishment
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