German Hockey Federation To Start New 2nd Bundesliga In '14-15 As Foundation Of DEL
The German Hockey Federation (DEB) "has announced the start of a 'new 2nd Bundesliga' in '14-15 under its umbrella," according to SPORT1. Not enough clubs registered by the deadline of June 7 to have an organized operation of the 2nd Bundesliga, therefore "it is not possible to implement the new 2nd league this season." During the upcoming season, a qualification round will be played involving all third-tier Oberligas. The current second league teams from Crimmitschau, Bietigheim, Heilbronn, Bremerhaven, Rosenheim, Ravensburg, Weißwasser, Dresden and Bad Nauheim "are planning to play in a DEL II." The clubs "are hoping for more synergy with the top league and a great economic stability." Only Kaufbeuren, Riessersee and Hannover Scorpions "have registered themselves at the DEB and want to play under its umbrella." Landshut "has not made a decision yet" (SPORT1, 6/12).