White season for French basketball clubs

ASVEL will not succeed itself in the charts of the French basketball championship. Interrupted since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 season was suspended by the National Basketball League (LNB), which decided to leave with the same 18 Elite clubs for the next exercise. Without relegation or promotion and therefore without awarding a title, a first in the history of French basketball. “The votes were overwhelming and very clear for each of the resolutions. We could have had mixed results, which we didn’t. ", rejoiced the president of the LNB, Alain Béral, after a general assembly.

As with pro French men's handball, the LNB does not plan to start the next exercise without spectators, even if it does not resume for several months, if the sanitary conditions do not allow the public to return to the halls. "This is what the general assembly decided. If we were forced to play behind closed doors, we would not play, said Alain Béral. Economically, this is not possible (…) If we do that, at the end of December, there is no longer a league, there are no more savings for the clubs. The government knows it, it has been clearly told. "

The 2020-21 season of Jeep Elite and Pro B is scheduled to start on September 15 and end before June 15, 2021.

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