European North basketball league held its preseason technical meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at the Best Western Santakos hotel in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Representatives from nine clubs attended the technical meeting – Jonava CBET, Šiauliai (both – Lithuania), Basket Brno (Czech Republic), Start Lublin (Poland), Tartu Ülikool, TalTech, Kalev/Cramo (all – Estonia), Valmiera Glass/Via (Latvia) and Prishtina (Kosovo).
The technical meeting was adjusted to the FIBA Europe Cup Qualifiers at Jonava – a town 33 kilometers away from Kaunas downtown.
The delegates attended the quarterfinal games Kalev/Cramo vs Cedevita Junior (Croatia) and Jonava vs Craiova (Romania) on Tuesday evening followed by evening reception at the hotel.
A two hour morning session included a welcome address by Edgars Zanders.
The Secretary General informed that the ENBL regular season will be played from November to early February, followed by the home-and-away playoff series and the 2023 Final Four.
Sixteen (16) teams will be split in two groups with eight team in each group. Every team will play seven games during the regular season. The four best teams from each group will qualify for the ENBL playoffs.
A full lineup will be announced in early October.
The regular season will be held in three stages, using a 2+2+2+1 system.
One of the stages feature three games in one trip with a rest day in between, for example two games in Tartu stage and one additional game in Tallinn.
ENBL has been working on TV agreements in each country – for example, Emocje.TV in Poland, Sport1 in Lithuania, TVCOM.cz in Czech Republic and so on.
The league will offer live streaming via Facebook – with a 2,29 EUR fee per game, just like in 2021-2022.
Sixty eight (68) games will be available also on Best4SportTV (Latvia), website http://best4sport.tv .
European Youth Basketball league (EYBL) and European Women`s Basketball league (EWBL) have been recognized by FIBA.
The ENBL is working to acquire the same status.
The teams discussed how to save the costs during the energy crisis. One suggestion is to held practices at smaller gyms – except the game day shootarounds in the main arena.
The ENBL approved the last day of registraton for the new players and decided to maintain the existing dates in each country.
In several countries it`s February 28, with two more weeks to add one additional player.
ENBL is grateful to the Jonava Cbet and the city of Jonava for their warm reception and hospitality.