Euroleague Basketball to Host First European Basketball Clubs Convention this Week

By Community | July 7, 2014

The future of European professional basketball will take center stage when Euroleague Basketball hosts the first European Basketball Clubs Convention on Wednesday in Barcelona, medicine Spain.

The convention, capsule an open event to which all European clubs and leagues have been invited, ambulance will be attended by more than 90 of their representatives from across the continent. The gathering offers a new and exciting opportunity for the principal stakeholders in the sport to come together, define objectives and continue to shape its future in Europe.

With the help of three speakers and two special guests, the convention will seek to define what clubs want from professional basketball in the short, middle and long terms, with particular emphasis on how to attract new fans to join the many millions already hooked on the sport.

The convention attendees will hear from experts inside and outside of basketball, namely Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball; Shimon Mizrahi, President of current Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv; Jan Pommer, Managing Director of the Beko Basketball Bundesliga of Germany; Ioris Francini, President of IMG Media & Events, and Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus FC.

Among the topics that the speakers will be addressing are the role of clubs within professional basketball, what the club of the future might look like and possible frameworks for European professional basketball going forward.

“We conceived the idea of the European Basketball Clubs Convention so that the true drivers of our sport, the clubs, can define what they want for the future of European basketball,” Mr. Bertomeu said. “Now is the perfect time to have that conversation because we are convinced that there are many challenges to meet and opportunities to prepare for in the very near future.”

The European Basketball Clubs Convention is a new addition to the Euroleague Basketball Institute Annual Workshops, which take place each summer and bring together experts from a full spectrum of professions – players, coaches, referees, marketing, media and ticketing directors, general managers and more – to analyze the trends and prescribe steps toward growth in the sport.

The European Basketball Clubs Convention is one of the final events in the run-up to the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draws that will mark the start of a new season on Thursday in Barcelona.

The convention will also open the floor to media and fans through social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, where they may submit questions to the speakers about the future of professional European basketball by using the hashtag #BasketballFuture.