Lhe Association of Basketball Clubs (ACB), organizer of the main national basketball competition, the Endesa League, has asked in a statement “put an end to existing grievance“for his competition, which continues to be played behind closed doors while in other sports the public returns.
The clubs, meeting this Tuesday in a general assembly, expressed through a statement “their discomfort at the permanent contradiction that is being experienced in the world of sports and entertainment, with multitudinous cultural events and pavilions and stadiums mainly with public in the rest of the sports competitions while the matches of the Liga Endesa continue to be played without fans“.
“Faced with this situation, the ACB, as LaLiga has already done, appeals to common sense and demands proportionality within the different sporting events, putting an end to the existing grievance “, adds the text published by the entity.
The clubs of the first category of Spanish basketball assure that this absence of public is “directly affecting economic viability of club projects “.
LaLiga de Fútbol requested the return to the public on Monday “according to the health situation of each Autonomous Community, relegating the final decision to them and respecting all the appropriate measures “, a measure approved by its Delegate Commission, and said that it would convene an urgent meeting with the basketball ACB, which it considered”the other great harmed by this measure“which they consider” discriminatory and incoherent “.
The football club employers’ association made this statement public in response to the statements of the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, who on Monday said that she did not see the return of the public “advisable” during a visit to a hospital in Asturias.
In the last two months the Handball King’s Cup in Madrid, with a thousand spectators, the Spanish Futsal Cup with 1,500 fans per day, the Count of Godó Trophy tennis in Barcelona with a thousand fans, and currently the Mutua Madrid Open tennis courts in the capital, with a capacity of 40%, which is equivalent to about 4,800 people.
In addition, the ACB, in the same assembly, approved the delay in the completion of the regular phase of the championship to Sunday May 23, to allow time for the games postponed due to the coronavirus outbreaks to be played in several teams.
The need to have more dates for several teams to recover the games postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks, cases of teams with Retabet Bilbao, TD Systems Baskonia or Morabanc Andorra It has caused the clubs to agree to delay the last days to allow the normal dispute of the qualification for the ‘playoff’ for the title and the fight to avoid relegation.
In this way, Matchday 36 of the League will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, and the subsequent nine days (from May 10 to 18) will be dedicated to recovering matches pending to play, with the exception of the Morabanc Andorra-Urbas Fuenlabrada and Barça-Monbus Obradorio, which will be played earlier, on May 6.
On May 19, 20 and 21, the penultimate day of the regular phase will be played (37) and on Sunday, May 23, the last day of the championship will be played.
Once this phase is finished, the ACB will announce the format of the qualifying rounds for the title, depending on the Spanish teams that qualify for the Final Four of the Euroleague, to which they choose Real Madrid Y Barça, and that the FIBA ??approves the end date of the season, reported the ACB.