Basketball Bundesliga, 2nd League Sign Fundamental Agreement Until '22
The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the 2nd Basketball Bundesliga "have signed a fundamental agreement," according to the SID. BBL CEO Jan Pommer said, "We have a common understanding and the goal to strategically advance German professional basketball as a whole. Part of it is that the first and second league closely coordinate their activities." The agreement will run until '22. The front office of the 2nd league "will move to the BBL headquarters in Cologne." In addition, there will be "dynamic standards" for 2nd league clubs. Each club "has to reach a minimum score by completing freely selectable criteria from a points catalog in the areas of personnel, infrastructure, video/PR, VIP and youth support." The minimum score will increase from 100 points in '13-14 to 200 points in '16-17. In return, the previously required minimum budget of €350,000 ($456,000) will be dropped (SID, 4/8).