By Aris Barkas / firstname.lastname@example.org
The 11 clubs-shareholders of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague voted Tuesday to dismiss Jordi Bertomeu from his current position as the Chairman and CEO of the competition. The result of the voting was 6 to 5 in favor of replacing Bertomeu, as confirmed by Eurohoops sources.
It should be noted that, despite being licensed clubs, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and FC Bayern Munich do not have the right to participate in the voting yet. CSKA Moscow, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, Zalgiris Kaunas, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and AX Armani Exchange Milan all voted for Bertomeu to be replaced, while Spanish and Turkish clubs voted in favor of him retaining his position.
Bertomeu will be replaced on June 30, 2022, and he is expected to be offered a consultant position in the new management.
According to Eurohoops sources, even if Bayern and ASVEL had the right to vote, the final result wouldn’t change. Bayern has been firm in its position during all meetings about the need for change in management.
Also, it has to be noted that while Anadolu Efes ultimately didn’t vote against Bertomeu, their general stance on the issue during the last weeks was the catalyst for today’s vote.
The result of the voting was not surprising, as the ECA shareholders have initiated the search for a new EuroLeague CEO back in October, through a three-member committee which was consisted shortly after EuroLeague clubs met in Barcelona without Bertomeu to discuss the future of the league.