By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordi Bertomeu met the press in Bologna for the 7DAYS EuroCup semifinals Game 1 between Virtus Bologna and UNICS Kazan and while he confirmed once more how the EuroLeague spots will be allocated for next season, he also talked about the future of the league.
As he first mentioned back in 2019 in Athens, Jordi Bertomeu expressed his desire for more stability in the league with more long-term licenses. “Until the 2023-24 season, we want to have 16-18 clubs with multi-year licenses and ownership of the league”, the EuroLeague CEO said and it remains to be seen if the timeframe will be strict.
At this point, 14 clubs have long-term licenses, after the addition of ASVEL, Bayern Munich, and ALBA Berlin, which has for the moment a two-year wildcard. For the upcoming 2021-22 season, two more wildcards will be given with the champions of VTB United League and ABA Liga getting preference, while two more spots will be given to the finalists of the 7DAYS EuroCup unless Valencia makes it to the playoffs.
In this case, according to the EuroLeague bylaws, Valencia as the last EuroCup winner will get one of the two EuroCup spots, leaving one spot up for grabs in the current EuroCup season.