Despite a second-to-last place finish in the 2008-09 Bundesliga regular season, the Giessen 46ers will avoid relegation for 2009-10 after BBL officials announced a wild card spot in Germany’s top league was to be awarded the team. Story from heinnews.
(heinnews) — Relegated club Giessen will return to the BBL next season after being awarded a wild card by the German basketball league. Another wild card may be handed out as the BBL awaits financial paperwork from Köln 99ers.
Giessen finished second to last in the BBL last season to earn relegation to the ProA second division. But a wild card spot in the top flight was made available when 16th-placed Nördlingen announced that it would not play in the BBL in 2009-10.
BBL management chose Giessen in favor of Bremerhaven, who finished last place but also put in a bid for the wild card.
Bremerhaven, however, still has a chance to return to the BBL, as a second wild card may become available. The league is awaiting paperwork from Köln 99ers regarding whether the club is able to fulfill the league’s financial requirements. A decision on Köln could come as soon as Friday.