Is Europe’s reputed top domestic league actually under threat from within? According to the excellent Spanish-based website Tu Basket, representatives of nine Liga Endesa clubs – Lagun Aro GBC, Fuenlabrada, Lycentum Alicante, FIATC Joventut, Valladolid, Asefa Estudiantes, Gran Canaria 2014, Assignia Manresa, and CAI Zaragoza – are meeting in Madrid today to discuss alleged unfair financial regulation within and possible contraction under sweeping “economic control measures” currently being considered by the league and commissioner Albert Agusti.
According to Tu Basket, reps from Lagun Aro, Fuenlabrada and Valladolid tipped off the Liga’s small market clubs (Blusens Monbus and UCAM Murcia were also invited to the meeting but did not attend), expressing concerns the “clear goal” behind the measures is contraction of the league from 18 to 14 teams, i.e. sending four of the 11 above-mentioned clubs to the second division.
The draft of the regulations does not in fact address contraction issues, but small-market owners feel their clubs may be enervated by penalties assessed to teams who attempt to sign players while running up debt. While many clubs big and small in Spain do operate in this way as a temporary measure when free-agent signing possibilities come up, the resisting owners feel the thousand-euro debtors should be less harshly penalized than the big-name clubs running millions in the red.
“¿Nueva revolución a la vista?” wonders Tu Basket, “¿Valdrá de algo o como las anteriores?”