It is great news for British Basketball and the Copper Box Arena as it was announced by the London Lions that have been accepted by FIBA to play in the Basketball Champions League next season.
The Lions had submitted a bid and were confirmed after FIBA’s Board meeting in Mies, Switzerland, along with 44 other teams including 14 current national champions. Coach Vince Macaulay’s men will have to negotiate two qualifying rounds in order to get to the Group Stages and compete for the 1-million-euro prize money.
Vince Macaulay commented, “This is huge for the Lions and our new owners, it is big for the British Basketball League and I hope we can entertain basketball fans in London at the Copper Box Arena whom we know come from many European countries as well as home grown. We will have a challenge and will need to recruit carefully to get the right blend to be successful”.
Competing in this edition of the Champions League will be the likes of Hapoel Jerusalem, Galatasary and Tenerife to name a few.
16 of the 44 will attempt to get through to the Group Stages with 4 being successful, Covid allowing. Qualifiers will be played on the 15th of September.