Originally Posted by All Net
I really need to improve my euroleague knowledge... Always enjoy watching the games the rare time they are on.
Actually that's not a bad mistake you made thinking they were not in Euroleague. They have not been for a few years now and they finished in 5th place in the German League last year.
Under Euroleague rules, only the champion of the German League can play in the Euroleague.
But this summer the Euroleague added a new rule that they call "wild card contracts".
Then they granted a wild card to the 5th place team from the German League (ALBA Berlin).
The reason being that although they don't have the level of a Euroleague team in their performance and play, they have a nice big arena, play in a big market, and they get excellent attendance.
So that's how they got granted a place under this new wildcard system. But yeah, normally only the first place German club would get a place. A lot of people were mad that the 5th place German club got a place.
But unfortunately, that's the kind of stuff the Euroleague CEO Bertomeu does. He's not nearly as bad as Stern is, but he has some of same tendencies.
Actually, they probably got the place just so they could have this game against the Mavs there in Berlin.