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alermac
07-20-2008, 06:23 PM
Finishing a conflict between clubs and federation that lasted more than 3 years, on Saturday it finally happened: Brazil's biggest 20 basketball clubs created the Liga Nacional de Basquete.

It's the first pro league run by clubs and authorized by the federation, who had considered two previous independent/rebel leagues as illegal (Nossa Liga in 2005/06, and Supercopa in 2007/08), therefore splitting pro basketball into two different competitions.

Its first edition is supposed to start in January and last until June, and it remains to be determined if it will consist of 16 or 20 clubs, depending on the requirements. It could also add other clubs as associates and conform a second division.

Jokinen
07-20-2008, 10:03 PM
Finishing a conflict between clubs and federation that lasted more than 3 years, on Saturday it finally happened: Brazil's biggest 20 basketball clubs created the Liga Nacional de Basquete.

It's the first pro league run by clubs and authorized by the federation, who had considered two previous independent/rebel leagues as illegal (Nossa Liga in 2005/06, and Supercopa in 2006/07), therefore splitting pro basketball into two different competitions.

Its first edition is supposed to start in January and last until June, and it remains to be determined if it will consist of 16 or 20 clubs, depending on the requirements. It could also add other clubs as associates and conform a second division.

Great news!, for all South American and offcourse Brazilian basketball in order to get back on its feet since its been divided and has lost importance in the recent years

rikhardur
07-20-2008, 10:16 PM
Nice to know that, yes, it will certainly help Brazilian basketball develop in a continuous, harmonic and homogenous manner. Afaik Óscar Schmidt was involved in one of those "illegal" leagues.

alermac
07-20-2008, 11:45 PM
Afaik Óscar Schmidt was involved in one of those "illegal" leagues.
Yes, he was the main man behind Nossa Liga. He was president of club Telemar Rio de Janeiro (national champion at the time), and then he led the protest of many clubs against the federation's way of running the National Tournament and distributing sponsorship money. More than 40 clubs joined Nossa Liga's association, but most of them were pressured by the national federation and regional ones too, and didn't take part of the competition, eventually killing the idea.

After that, Oscar stepped away and focused on youth development projects.