The basketball Bundesliga can choose its sporting champion with a tournament in Munich. The Bavarian government approved the plans, as the dpa learned from a group of participants at a cabinet meeting. Ten teams are expected to compete under special conditions.
Munich (AP) - The basketball Bundesliga is allowed to continue its season after the Corona break in June with a tournament with ten teams in the Munich Audi Dome as planned.
The Bavarian government approved the BBL's plans at a cabinet meeting, as the German press agency found out from the participants. This means that basketball players like the German Football League can still end the season that has been interrupted due to the coronavirus crisis since mid-March and determine a sporting champion. The German top leagues in handball, ice hockey and volleyball ended their season prematurely.
In addition to the host and defending champion Bayern Munich, the MHP giants Ludwigsburg, Hakro Merlins Crailsheim, Alba Berlin, EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Rasta Vechta, Brose Bamberg, BG Göttingen will take part in the tournament in Munich, which is scheduled to start on the first weekend in June. ratiopharm ulm and the Fraport Skyliners from Frankfurt. A preliminary round with two groups of five will be followed by playoffs with quarter and semi-finals and the final. The knockout round is played with the first and second leg, the results are added.
Like the German Football League, the BBL has developed a concept for the continuation of the season. However, this goes beyond the measures for the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, which resumed play last weekend. Throughout the tournament, all ten teams will be drawn together in a quarantined hotel. This is to prevent players and managers from coming into contact with other people and increasing the risk of infection with the corona virus.
Before the tournament starts at the beginning of June, the ten teams will have to prepare for around three weeks at their respective locations. To return to team training, you need the approval of the respective health authorities. During this phase, the professionals and trainers may still have contact with their families, but are tested closely.
Information about the tournament on the BBL homepage