By Stefan Djordjevic/ firstname.lastname@example.org
LNB announced that the committee decided on April 15 not to give any more thought to the possibilities of finishing the 2019-20 season before September.
The decision comes after (and due to) the French President’s announcement that no public event would take place in France before mid-July and the borders with the United States are closed until further notice.
The working groups and basketball stakeholders are therefore tasked with deciding on the best way to finish the season prematurely or continue in September. They will also be considering the format of the 2020-21 season depending on how this season closes.
The First Division was initially supposed to be cut to 16 from 18 teams for the next season. There is also the question of proclaiming the champion (if it gets decided to do so) with Monaco, ASVEL and Dijon being tied at the top with 21-4 records. This would be Monaco’s first French League title.
According to L’Equipe, there is also a possibility of merging the two seasons together with all or a part of the results being transferred to the 2020-21 campaign.
The league committee will meet by the end of April, however, in light of recent developments, it seems highly unlikely for any professional French league to return to action.