Basketball Bundesliga

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Basketball Bundesliga (BBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 Basketball Bundesliga
Sport Basketball
Founded 1966
CEO Jan Pommer
No. of teams 18
Country  Germany
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Bayern Munich
(1st title)
Most titles Bayer Giants Leverkusen
(14 titles)
TV partner(s) Telekom Entertain
Related competitions BBL-Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (Germany)
Relegation to Pro A (2nd Tier)
Official website

The Basketball Bundesliga (English: Federal Basketball League) — commonly abbreviated BBL — is the highest level league of professional club basketball in Germany. The league comprises 18 teams. A BBL season is split into a league stage and a playoff stage. At the end of the league stage the top eight teams qualify for the playoff stage and the teams positioned 17th and 18th are relegated to a lower league. The playoffs are played in "Best of five" format. The winning team of the final round are the German Champions of that season.

Additionally to the league competition, all BBL teams compete for the German Cup (BBL-Cup).[1] Teams playing in the second league (Pro A or Pro B) or in a lower Regionalliga are also eligible to participate.[2] Always 3 knock-out rounds are played for the BBL-Cup. If more teams of the leagues below the BBL apply for participation than available places, additional qualification rounds are added for them. The final four remaining teams determine the rankings for bronze, silver and gold medals in knock-out matches termed the BBL-TOP4. The gold winning team is the German Cup winner.


In Germany a national basketball championship was first organised in 1939 and was won by LSV Spandau. By 1944 almost all basketball activity was forced to an end due to the Second World War. In 1947 MTSV Schwabing München became the first champion of post-war divided Germany. The creation of a split West-German federal-league consisting of one northern division and one southern division, each comprising 10 teams, was decided by the German Basketball Federation (DBB) in 1964. On October 1, 1966 the first season of the so-called Basketball Bundesliga started. Starting with the 1971/72 season the size of each division was reduced to 8 teams. With the 1975/76 season the league structure was changed into a ten team first league (1. Basketball Bundesliga) and a 20 teams second league (2. Basketball Bundesliga). Only the second league was split into a northern and a southern division of 10 teams each. In 1985 the top league was enlarged to a size of 12 teams, two years later each division of the second league was also enlarged to 12 teams. In 1988 the championship mode "Best of five" was applied for the first time. Starting with the 1995/96 season, the first league consisted of 14 teams. The Basketball Bundesliga GmbH (BBL) was founded in October 1996. The federal leagues received their own administration within the framework of the German Basketball Federation in 1997. Since then the second league divisions have been administered by the "AG 2. Bundesliga" while the BBL has been responsible for the first league. Two years later, a contract was signed between the BBL and the German Basketball Federation, in which the federation transferred its marketing/events rights to the BBL for a 10 years duration, in return the BBL agreed to pay an annual "amateur support fee" of DM 600,000 ( 306,775). Starting with the 2003/2004 season the top league was increased to 16 teams and in 2006/2007 it was further increased to its present size of 18 teams. For the following season 2007/2008 the structure of the second league was reshaped from is northern/southern divisions into a Pro A division and a Pro B division. These divisions remained under the administration by "AG 2. Bundesliga".

Between 1994 and 2001 the highest level German basketball league was called "Veltins Basketball Bundesliga" and from 2001 until 2003 the league was known as "s.Oliver Basketball Bundesliga".

Bayer Giants Leverkusen holds the record being the winner of 14 German championships. However since 1997 ALBA Berlin has dominated the league, winning their 8th title in 2008. Twenty-one teams have won the championship since its inception.

Teams 2013–14[edit]

Team City
Brose Baskets Bamberg
Medi Bayreuth Bayreuth
Alba Berlin Berlin
Telekom Baskets Bonn Bonn
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Braunschweig
Eisbären Bremerhaven Bremerhaven
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
SC Rasta Vechta Vechta
Phoenix Hagen Hagen
Neckar-Riesen Ludwigsburg Ludwigsburg
Bayern Munich Munich
EWE Baskets Oldenburg Oldenburg
Artland Dragons Quakenbrück
TBB Trier Trier
Walter Tigers Tübingen Tübingen
ratiopharm ulm Ulm
Mitteldeutscher BC Weißenfels
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg

Latest editions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Series Finals MVP
1991–92 Bayer 04 Leverkusen ALBA Berlin 3–0 N/A
1992–93 Bayer 04 Leverkusen TTL Bamberg 3–1 N/A
1993–94 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Brandt Hagen 3–0 N/A
1994–95 Bayer 04 Leverkusen ALBA Berlin 3–0 N/A
1995–96 Bayer 04 Leverkusen ALBA Berlin 3–1 N/A
1996–97 ALBA Berlin Telekom Baskets Bonn 3–1 N/A
1997–98 ALBA Berlin ratiopharm Ulm 3–0 N/A
1998–99 ALBA Berlin Telekom Baskets Bonn 3–2 N/A
1999–00 ALBA Berlin Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3–0 N/A
2000–01 ALBA Berlin Telekom Baskets Bonn 3–0 N/A
2001–02 ALBA Berlin RheinEnergie Köln 3–0 N/A
2002–03 ALBA Berlin TSK Bamberg 3–0 N/A
2003–04 Opel Skyliners Frankfurt GHP Bamberg 3–2 N/A
2004–05 Brose Baskets Opel Skyliners Frankfurt 3–2 United States Chris Williams
2005–06 RheinEnergie Köln ALBA Berlin 3–1 Serbia Aleksandar Nađfeji
2006–07 Brose Baskets Artland Dragons 3–1 United States Casey Jacobsen
2007–08 ALBA Berlin Telekom Baskets Bonn 3–1 United States Julius Jenkins
2008–09 EWE Baskets Oldenburg Telekom Baskets Bonn 3–2 United States Rickey Paulding
2009–10 Brose Baskets Deutsche Bank Skyliners 3–2 United States Casey Jacobsen
2010–11 Brose Baskets ALBA Berlin 3–2 United States Kyle Hines
2011–12 Brose Baskets ratiopharm Ulm 3–0 United States P. J. Tucker
2012–13 Brose Baskets EWE Baskets Oldenburg 3–0 Slovakia Anton Gavel
2013–14 Bayern Munich ALBA Berlin 3–1 United States Malcolm Delaney

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