Baltic Basketball League
The Baltic Basketball League is a basketball league of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the invited teams from Sweden, Finland and Kazakhstan. Main and title sponsor is MasterCard.
The BBL was established in 2004 after the model of the Adriatic League.
The BBL is a closed league without ascent or descent. It does not replace the national championships of the Baltic States. There is no direct way to qualify over the national leagues for the BBL.
Play mode from the 2013/14 season
In the regular season play 21 teams in three groups, each with seven teams all against all. The top five teams from each group, as well as the best sixth-placed qualify for the knockout stages. It is followed by a knockout stage. The winner of two games coming in the next round.
Play mode from the 2012/13 season
In contrast to the previous season, the division into the " Elite Division " and the "Challenge Cup" is omitted.
In the regular season play 23 teams in four groups, each with five or six teams against each. It follows the phase of the TOP16. Then will be played in KO system beginning with the quarter-finals of the winner.
The Euro League Top Clubs Zalgiris Kaunas and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, as well as other VTB United League participants VEF Riga and Neptunas took no further part in this season.
Game mode to the 2012/13 season
The BBL is divided into the season in two seasons: the Elite Division with ten teams and the Challenge Cup with 15 teams, the latter being carried out in three groups A- C of three teams. Between the two seasons, a change is provided such that the last of the Elite division and the Challenge Cup winners exchange their places. However, it should be noted that each Baltic state must provide at least two teams in the elite division and participating in the Challenge Cup Swedish team is not eligible to participate in the Elite Division. If there due to the team rankings to a violation of these criteria, so indented so long after the next better or worse team to the country-specific criteria are met.
Meet The ten teams in each a home and away game against every other team. The first two teams in the Final Table will qualify for the Final Four tournament, the teams of places three to six occur in best-of -three knockout games against each other, while the third against the Sixth and Fourth plays against the fifth and the winners also qualify for the Final Four tournament. The Final Four tournament is then discharged as a simple knock-out round in a day in a particular city.
Am Challenge Cup alongside teams from the Baltic States also participates a team from Sweden. In the 2009/10 season, this is the Norrköping Dolphins. , Even won the Cup were. The 15 teams are divided into three groups, each team meet each in a home and away game. The top two in each group and the two best third will qualify for the quarter-finals, from where to determined in a knockout round return match of the winner of the Challenge Cup. The worst teams each participating country can be replaced by another team of this country.
Participants ( 2013/14 season )
- 2012/2013: BK Ventspils - Rudupis Prienai - 91:69 ; 70:73
- 2011/2012: Zalgiris Kaunas - Lietuvos Rytas - 74:70 in Siauliai
- 2010/2011: Zalgiris Kaunas - Riga VEF - 75:67 in Kaunas
- 2009/2010: Zalgiris Kaunas - Lietuvos Rytas - 73:66 in Vilnius
- 2008/2009: Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris Kaunas - 97:74 in Tartu
- 2007/2008: Zalgiris Kaunas - Lietuvos Rytas - 86:84 in Siauliai
- 2006/2007: Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris Kaunas - 81:77 in Riga
- 2005/2006: Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris Kaunas - 86:74 in Tallinn
- 2004/2005: Zalgiris Kaunas - Lietuvos Rytas - 64:60 in Vilnius
There are also the Baltic Women Basketball League ( BWBL ) with currently 17 teams.