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German Federal Basketball League
Basketball Bundesliga
BBLLogo.jpg
BBL logo, featuring the Molten G7 match ball
Sport Basketball
Founded 1966
Commissioner Jan Pommer
No. of teams 18
Country(ies) Germany Germany
Most recent champion(s) EWE Baskets Oldenburg
TV partner(s) BBL.TV
DSF
Official website Basketball-Bundesliga.de

The Basketball Bundesliga (English: Federal Basketball League) —commonly abbreviated BBL— is the highest level league of club basketball in Germany. The league comprises 18 teams. A BBL season is split into a league stage and a playoff stage. At the end of the league stage the top eight teams qualify for the playoff stage and the teams positioned 17th and 18th are relegated to a lower league. The playoffs are played in "Best of five" format. The winning team of the final round are the German Champions of that season.

Additionally to the league competition, all BBL teams compete for the German Cup (BBL-Cup)[1]. Teams playing in the second league (Pro A or Pro B) or in a lower Regionalliga are also eligible to participate[2]. Always 3 knock-out rounds are played for the BBL-Cup. If more teams of the leagues below the BBL apply for participation than available places, additional qualification rounds are added for them. The final four remaining teams determine the rankings for bronze, silver and gold medals in knock-out matches termed the BBL-TOP4. The gold winning team is the German Cup winner.

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History

In Germany a national basketball championship was first organised in 1939 and was won by LSV Spandau. By 1944 almost all basketball activity was forced to an end due to the Second World War. In 1947 MTSV Schwabing München became the first champion of post-war divided Germany. The creation of a split West-German federal-league consisting of one northern division and one southern division, each comprising 10 teams, was decided by the German Basketball Federation (DBB) in 1964. On October 1st 1966 the first season of the so-called Basketball Bundesliga started. Starting with the 1971/72 season the size of each division was reduced to 8 teams. With the 1975/76 season the league structure was changed into a ten team first league (1. Basketball Bundesliga) and a 20 teams second league (2. Basketball Bundesliga). Only the second league was split into a northern and a southern division of 10 teams each. In 1985 the top league was enlarged to a size of 12 teams, two years later each division of the second league was also enlarged to 12 teams. In 1988 the championship mode "Best of five" was applied for the first time. Starting with the 1995/96 season, the first league consisted of 14 teams. The Basketball Bundesliga GmbH (BBL) was founded in October 1996. The federal leagues received their own administration within the framework of the German Basketball Federation in 1997. Since then the second league divisions have been administered by the "AG 2. Bundesliga" while the BBL has been responsible for the first league. Two years later, a contract was signed between the BBL and the German Basketball Federation, in which the federation transferred its marketing/events rights to the BBL for a 10 years duration, in return the BBL agreed to pay an annual "amateur support fee" of DM 600,000 ( 306,775). Starting with the 2003/2004 season the top league was increased to 16 teams and in 2006/2007 it was further increased to its present size of 18 teams. For the following season 2007/2008 the structure of the second league was reshaped from is northern/southern divisions into a Pro A division and a Pro B division. These divisions remained under the administration by "AG 2. Bundesliga".

Between 1994 and 2001 the highest level German basketball league was called "Veltins Basketball Bundesliga" and from 2001 until 2003 the league was known as "s.Oliver Basketball Bundesliga".

Bayer Giants Leverkusen holds the record being the winner of 14 German championships. However since 1997 ALBA Berlin has dominated the league, winning their 8th title in 2008. Twenty-one teams have won the championship since its inception.

Teams 2009-10

Team City/Area
Brose Baskets Bamberg
ALBA Berlin Berlin
Telekom Baskets Bonn Bonn
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Braunschweig
Eisbären Bremerhaven Bremerhaven
Giants Düsseldorf Düsseldorf
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
LTi Giessen 46ers Gießen
BG Göttingen Göttingen
Phoenix Hagen Hagen
EnBW Ludwigsburg Ludwigsburg
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Oldenburg
Paderborn Baskets Paderborn
Artland Dragons Quakenbrück
TBB Trier Trier
Walter Tigers Tübingen Tübingen
Ratiopharm Ulm Ulm
Mitteldeutscher BC Weißenfels

See also

References

  1. ^ Ausschreibung BBL-Pokal 2009 BBL (German)
  2. ^ Ausschreibung für den Vereinspokal-Wettbewerb Herren 2008/2009 DBB (German)

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Simple English

The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) is the highest level of basketball competition in Germany. The BBL determines the national champion.

Teams

Team City/Area
Brose Baskets Bamberg
ALBA Berlin Berlin
Telekom Baskets Bonn Bonn
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Braunschweig
Eisbären Bremerhaven Bremerhaven
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt am Main
Giessen 46ers Gießen
BG 74 Göttingen Göttingen
POM baskets Jena Jena
RheinEnergie Köln Cologne
Bayer Giants Leverkusen Leverkusen
EnBW Ludwigsburg Ludwigsburg
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Oldenburg
Paderborn Baskets Paderborn
Artland Dragons Quakenbrück
TBB Trier Trier
WALTER TIGERS Tübingen Tübingen
Ratiopharm Ulm Ulm

Champions since 1939

  • 2008: Alba Berlin
  • 2007: Brose Baskets Bamberg
  • 2006: RheinEnergie Cologne
  • 2005: GHP Bamberg
  • 2004: OPEL Skyliners Frankfurt am Main
  • 2003: Alba Berlin
  • 2002: Alba Berlin
  • 2001: Alba Berlin
  • 2000: Alba Berlin
  • 1999: Alba Berlin
  • 1998: Alba Berlin
  • 1997: Alba Berlin
  • 1996: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1995: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1994: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1993: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1992: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1991: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1990: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1989: BG Steiner Bayreuth
  • 1988: BSC Saturn Köln
  • 1987: BSC Saturn Köln
  • 1986: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1985: TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1984: ASC Göttingen
  • 1983: ASC Göttingen
  • 1982: BSC Saturn Köln
  • 1981: BSC Saturn Köln
  • 1980: SSC Göttingen
  • 1979: TuS 04 Leverkusen
  • 1978: MTV 1846 Gießen
  • 1977: USC Heidelberg

  • 1976: TuS 04 Leverkusen
  • 1975: MTV 1846 Gießen
  • 1974: SSV Hagen
  • 1973: USC Heidelberg
  • 1972: TuS 04 Leverkusen
  • 1971: TuS 04 Leverkusen
  • 1970: TuS 04 Leverkusen
  • 1969: VfL Osnabrück
  • 1968: MTV 1846 Gießen
  • 1967: MTV 1846 Gießen
  • 1966: USC Heidelberg
  • 1965: MTV 1846 Gießen
  • 1964: Alemannia Aachen
  • 1963: Alemannia Aachen
  • 1962: USC Heidelberg
  • 1961: USC Heidelberg
  • 1960: USC Heidelberg
  • 1959: USC Heidelberg
  • 1958: USC Heidelberg
  • 1957: USC Heidelberg
  • 1956: ATV Düsseldorf
  • 1955: FC Bayern München
  • 1954: FC Bayern München
  • 1953: Turnerbund Heidelberg
  • 1952: Turnerbund Heidelberg
  • 1951: Turnerbund Heidelberg
  • 1950: BC Stuttgart-Degerloch
  • 1949: MTSV Schwabing
  • 1948: Turnerbund Heidelberg
  • 1947: MTSV Schwabing
  • 1939: LSV Spandau

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