BBL Club Gießen 46ers Avoids Bankruptcy; HBL Club TBV Lemgo Also Out Of Trouble
Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Gießen 46ers is on its way to "avoiding a lingering bankruptcy," according to SPORT1. The club said that it has commitments for €360,000 ($484,000) "to close its budget gap." Interim liquidator Tim Schneider said, "The insolvency application can only be retracted if the whole sum is paid. There is still a small way to go. The preliminary work, however, has been done." The sum "is needed to continue the club's operation until the end of the season." The whole amount "has to be transferred to a lawyer's bank account" by Friday from where it will then be transferred to the account of the club. However, the financial situation of the club "continues to be tight despite the expected aversion of bankruptcy." The club's goal is to start from scratch in the second tier Pro A next season. The club "does not want to repeat mistakes that it has made in the past" (SPORT1, 1/29).
HANDBALL HELPERS: Handball Bundesliga (HBL) club TBV Lemgo has been able to financially secure the current season. The club said that "thanks to the support of shareholders and sponsors a threatening bankruptcy has been avoided." Club Chair Siegfried Haverkamp said, "It was revealed that the TBV Lemgo continues to enjoy the trust of the region." In mid-November, the club got into financial trouble for the second time in five months (TBV Lemgo).