Introducing the ultimate BiE rankings: The Top 100 basketball teams in Europe
In gearing up to produce another official BallinEurope Euroleague Power Rankings column (it’ll be up here after the draw next week), BiE got to thinking about how unsatisfying the task will be with only 16 teams remaining. After all, BiE regularly has an eye on hundreds of teams and though the Euroleague is clearly cream-of-the-Continental-Crop, […]
Cyril Julian: From SLUC Nancy to oenology
Call him a “Warrior,” call him SLUC Nancy’s former savior, call him one of the best French players of the past 10 years never to play in the NBA … but now you can call Cyril Julian a degreed oenologist – and a guy with the enviable chance to live out two of his dream […]
Morning Eurohoops news (videos, mainly, really): December 5
How about a few videos to start your weekend? Ball in Europe runs a (mostly) video version of the news this morning, with top plays from Spain, parts throughout Europe, and Washington. Add in a little bombast from France and one American item (don’t worry; it’s short) and it’s … a good way to spend […]
ACB confirms its status as most attractive league
In our second annual review of ticket sales and average attendance throughout the various European leagues, the Spanish ACB confirms its status as absolute leader in Europe.
A legend goes down (in Germany, too)
After we told you about the sad story of Pau-Orthez in France, we will give you a brief story about another traditional team that must go down to the second division. In Germany, one team has played in the Bundesliga forever, since the 1st German league has existed. But this may now be over.
France extends US quota despite protests, contrarian trend
Tonight, the French LNB announced that it has changed the quota rules for the ProA and the ProB. While several countries are openly discussing to reduce the number of the “Non-EU/Cotonou” (i.e. American) players, the French league went in the opposite direction despite protests from the local player union.
Fantasy Basketball: France is ready, too
After we presented a German Bundesliga Fantasy League and created the BallinEurope.com division three weeks ago, today French website basketnews.net launched its own French ProA and ProB Fantasy League. Here is the way if you want to participate even if there is no possibility to create a private division. First of all, you have to […]
The French League explained
“A long, long time ago…” This is how fairytales for children begin, but it could also lead off the status of the French League. So, a long, long time ago, French teams were big names in the European context: CSP Limoges won the Euroleague, ASVEL qualified for the Final Four, and Pau-Orthez was the most […]
Relegation is not that obvious (Part 1)
Normally in European basketball, relegation is a common fact. Depending on the league’s structure, the two or three teams finishing last move one division down and the same number of teams move up from the lower division. Well, this is not so true for specific leagues in Europe.