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SBD Global/June 10, 2013/Franchises

Financial Troubles Force DEL Side Hannover Scorpions To Compete In Oberliga In '13-14

German hockey club Hannover Scorpions, which won the German Hockey League (DEL) title in '10, "will from now on play in the Oberliga," Germany's third tier, according to RP ONLINE. After the club had to sell its DEL license due to financial reasons to the Schwenninger Wild Wings, "a relaunch of the club in the second division is not possible." Hannover Sport Dir Marco Stichnoth said, "We aren't capable of paying a second division team." To compete in the second division, a team needs around €2.5M ($3.24M). Stichnoth wants to build an Oberliga team, which will compete under the Hannover Scorpions name in Langenhagen near Hannover. The city "will have two teams in the Oberliga next season," as former second division side Hannover Indians "had to file for bankruptcy and will also compete in the Oberliga North" (RP ONLINE, 6/6).
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