Basketball Bundesliga Changes Licensing Procedures Due To Recent Events
The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) "is changing its licensing procedure as a consequence of the recently occurring financial problems of BBL club s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg," according to the SID. From now on, clubs have to submit their documents for the new season by April 15 instead of March 15. The additional month "gives clubs more time for preparation." In addition, the league will review the clubs' numbers on July 15, starting with the upcoming season. So far, clubs have not had to provide numbers between early May and the end of September. BBL CEO Jan Pommer said, "The clubs were unanimously for it. Those are very important issues because we are putting an emphasis on reasonable economic practices" (SID, 1/18).