Basketball Champions League to finish season with Final Eight

The Basketball Champions League is seeking a host for a one-off ‘Final Eight’ tournament after concluding that it won’t be able to finish its 2019-20 season as planned due to Covid-19.

The club competition, which is organised as 50-50 joint partnership between the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) and 11 top European leagues, announced the decision in a statement today (Tuesday) after holding a board meeting via videoconference on Monday.

It has taken the decision to postpone for late September/early October 2020 all remaining games, originally scheduled from March to May, in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.

The announcement comes after Fiba decided to suspend all events, as of March 13. The BCL Board has taken the unanimous decision to resume and conclude the 2019-20 season with the hosting of a Final Eight, single-game knock-out competition, to be held from September 30 to October 4.

The BCL said the host and location of the event, and further details regarding the competition, will be announced in due course.

The two outstanding games (JDA Dijon v Nizhny Novgorod and Iberostar Tenerife v Filou Oostende), still pending for the conclusion of the Round of 16, will be played prior to the hosting of the Final Eight at a date to be confirmed.