Euroleague Basketball seals double deal

The decision has been made as the Eurocup final returns this season to a single-game final format, as it was in the editions played from 2004 to 2007. The finals of European basketball’s second tier competition were also played in Charleroi during this period, when the competition was called the ULEB Cup.

Since that time the event has been held in the Italian cities of Turin and Treviso, along with the Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz and Khimki in Russia. The 2012-13 Eurocup will stage its 11th final on April 13 in Charleroi’s 6,000-seat RTL Spiroudome.

In other news, Nikopharm has signed on as a new partner of this year’s Euroleague Final Four in London, along with Charleroi’s Eurocup final. Euroleague said in a statement: “The Ukraine-based pharmaceutical company will collaborate with the final phases of the top two European basketball competitions. Nikopharm has identified Euroleague Basketball with the healthy way of life value they promote as sport is a perfect tool to promote it.”