Austrian Hockey League To Add Bolzano; BBL Denies Dusseldorf League License
Bolzano, Italy wants to become the 12th team of Austria's top division hockey league, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, two months before of the start of the new season, according to HOCKEY FANS. Originally, the 11 EBEL clubs "were supposed to receive a preliminary schedule for the '13-14 season." However, Italian Serie A side HC Bolzano "has told the league that it wants to leave and join the Austrian EBEL." The club "has reportedly already asked the Italian Hockey Federation (FISG) for approval to leave and join the EBEL" (HOCKEY FANS, 6/24).
NO LICENSE: SPORT1 reported German second division basketball club Dusseldorf Baskets "will not be playing in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) next season, despite getting promoted." The BBL licensing committee "denied the club its BBL license on April 17 and now the BBL's court of arbitration has upheld this decision." The one remaining BBL spot will now most likely be awarded through a wild card process. Clubs that are "interested in playing in the BBL have to submit their application to the league by June 27" (SPORT1, 6/21).