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In light of the recent stories published by different media outlets, and originally by Spanish newspaper Marca, Euroleague Basketball submitted the clarification.

  • As has been confirmed by both NBA and FIBA, executives of the three parties (FIBA, NBA, and EB) met in Madrid in September to agree on identifying areas of collaboration and synergies to join efforts to grow basketball’s popularity in Europe.
  • The topics discussed in the meeting never included the creation of an NBA division in Europe.
  • No other meetings have been held to discuss the abovementioned topic.
  • Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu has not received any letter from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, as was wrongly reported by Marca.

The organization stated that Euroleague Basketball and its clubs remain committed to continuing to work with FIBA, the NBA, and every other stakeholder to grow the sport of basketball.

Yesterday, Marca reported that the NBA and FIBA are working on creating NBA Europe - the European division of the strongest league in the world.

According to the report, negotiations are already underway. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already sent a letter to the CEO of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, Jordi Bertomeu, expressing his intention to shape this new league with the best teams from Europe.

Paris and London are considered two basic pillars for the future of a potential NBA Europe that dreams of uniting Madrid, Barcelona, Moscow, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Athens, and many other cities.

Even the idea of playing an All-Star Game between a team of NBA players and a team formed by the Rest of the World could take effect, via the Spanish media.

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