Pro Basketball League

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Pro Basketball League
Euromillions Basketball League logo.png
Founded1928; 91 years ago (1928)
CountryBelgium
ConfederationFIBA Europe (Europe)
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Belgian Cup
SupercupBelgian Supercup
International cup(s)Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsFilou Oostende (20th title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsOostende (20 titles)
PresidentArthur Goethals
Websiteeuromillionsbasketball.be
2019–20 Pro Basketball League

The Pro Basketball League (PBL)[1], for sponsorship reasons, known as the EuroMillions Basketball League, is the highest tier level professional basketball league in Belgium for clubs. Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the Ethias League, and from 2014–2016, it was known as the Scoore! League, for sponsorship reasons. The league is organized by the Basketball League Belgium. The current president of the league is Arthur Goethals.[2]

The most successful team in the league is Oostende, which holds the record for the most league titles won, with 20, and the now defunct team of Racing Mechelen is second, with 15.

Sponsorship names[edit]

  • Until 2014: Ethias League
  • 2014–2016: Scooore! League
  • 2016–present EuroMillions Basketball League[3]

Format and rules[edit]

The BLB is played by the international FIBA rules. Since 2014–15 the BLB season has a new format. In the regular season, all teams play each other first home and away. After that first round the league is divided in two groups based on standings; in the first group teams ranked 1–6 play and in the second 7–11. After the split each team plays all others in its group once home and once away. After that the Playoffs are played by eight teams. The quarterfinals consist of best-of-three series and the semi- and finals are played in a best-of-five format.

Licensing[edit]

Teams that play in the BLB all have to get a license to play in the league. There are three types of licenses:[4][5]

  • A-license: for teams who have more than a 1 million budget. A-licensed team can qualify for European competitions.
  • B-license: teams with at least a €750,000 budget. B-licensed teams can't qualify for European play.
  • C-licence: given to teams that are on the rise, with a budget of at least €400,000. C-licenses do not allow teams to qualify for European play and have to get replaced by B-licenses after two years.

Current clubs[edit]

Club City Arena Capacity
Okapi Aalstar Aalst Okapi Forum 2,800
Antwerp Giants Antwerp Lotto Arena 5,218
Belfius Mons-Hainaut Mons Mons.Arena 4,000
Phoenix Brussels Brussels Complexe sportif de Neder-Over-Hembeek 1,200
Limburg United Hasselt Alverberg-sporthal 1,730
Spirou Charleroi Spiroudome 6,200
Kangoeroes Mechelen Mechelen De Winketaai 1,000
VOO Liège Liège Country Hall Ethias Liège 5,000
Leuven Bears Leuven Sportoase 3,400
Filou Oostende Ostend Sleuyter Arena 5,000

Finals[edit]

Since 2005, play-offs are played to decide which team is crowned the champion of each season. The finals series are played in a best-of-five format, with the team which had the higher seed in the regular season having home court advantage.

Season Champions Score Runners-up
2004–05
Bree
3–1
Spirou
2005–06
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
2006–07
Oostende
3–2
Bree
2007–08
Spirou
3–0
Bree
2008–09
Spirou
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
2009–10
Spirou
3–1
Liège Basket
2010–11
Spirou
3–0
Okapi Aalstar
2011–12
Oostende
3–2
Spirou
2012–13
Oostende
3–0
Mons-Hainaut
2013–14
Oostende
3–2
Okapi Aalstar
2014–15
Oostende
3–1
Mons-Hainaut
2015–16
Oostende
3–1
Okapi Aalstar
2016–17
Oostende
3–1
Brussels
2017–18
Oostende
3–0
Antwerp Giants
2018–19
Oostende
3–1
Antwerp Giants

Performances by club[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Years champions Years runners-up
Oostende
9
2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Spirou 4 2 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2005, 2012
Bree 1 2 2005 2007, 2008
Mons-Hainaut 4 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015
Okapi Aalstar 3 2011, 2014, 2016
Antwerp Giants 2 2018, 2019
Liège 1 2010
Brussels 1 2017

Title holders[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Key
+
Denotes a team that has been dissolved.
Titles Team Seasons
20
Oostende 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
15
Racing Mechelen+ 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
10
Spirou 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
8
Antwerpse+ 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1973
7
Royal IV+ 1939, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958
6
Semailles+ 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
4
Fresh Air 1937, 1938, 1978, 1979
4
Brussels A.C.+ 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933
3
Daring B.C.+ 1929, 1932, 1934
3
Standard Liège+ 1968, 1970, 1977
2
Lier+ 1971, 1972
2
Amicale Sportive+ 1935, 1936
1
Bree+ 2005
1
Antwerp Giants 2000
1
Hellas Gent+ 1955

Individual awards[edit]

Not all awards are official ones handed out by the league itself, but all are regarded and respected as BLB awards. As example the Belgian Player of the Year award is handed out by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, but the league itself reports the winner on its website.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statuten Pro Basketball League" (PDF) (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Arthur Goethals nieuwe voorzitter Pro Basketball League". Het Nieuwsblad.
  3. ^ "Scooore! League makes way for Euromillions Basketball League". Scooore! League. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "A, B en C-licentie in 2009-2010 in Ethias League". Nieuwsblad.be. March 12, 2009.
  5. ^ "Licentiereglement vzw BLB ter deelname aan competitie – Types van licentie" (PDF). BLB.

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