Dutch Basketball League

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Dutch Basketball League
DBL Logo 2019.png
Founded1960; 62 years ago (1960)
First season1960–61
Folded2021
Replaced byBNXT League
CountryNetherlands
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)NBB Cup
SupercupDutch Supercup
International cup(s)Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Last championsZZ Leiden (4th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsHeroes Den Bosch (16 titles)
Websitewww.dutchbasketballleague.nl

The Dutch Basketball League (DBL), formerly the Eredivisie, was the highest professional basketball league in the Netherlands, run by the Federatie Eredivisie Basketball (FEB).[1] Since 2021, the league has been replaced by the Belgian-Dutch BNXT League.[2]

The league had a closed system: to participate, a team has to have enough money and potential. The league began in 1960 as the Eredivisie and was organized by the NBB and later the FEB. In 1977 the league introduced play-offs. As of 2019, the Dutch Basketball League consists of ten teams and plays under the FIBA rules.

History[edit]

2010s[edit]

Starting with the 2010–11 season, the Eredivisie changed its name to the Dutch Basketball League, shortly the DBL. The beginning of the 2010s saw Donar and ZZ Leiden emerge as top teams in the Netherlands. Donar won five titles, including three straight (2015-2018). The decade also saw clubs disappear due to financial problems, with Amsterdam in 2011,[3] West-Brabant Giants in 2011,[4] Magixx in 2014.[5][6] The decade also saw the emergence of new clubs in Apollo Amsterdam and Den Helder Suns.

In Europe, Donar had one of the biggest successes in Dutch history after reaching the semi-finals of the 2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup. It was the first European semi-final of a team since Amsterdam in 2001.

2020s[edit]

In December 2019, it was announced that the DBL has partnered with the Belgian Pro Basketball League (PBL) to look at the potential of a future "BeNe League".[7] The 2019–20 season was cancelled prematurely in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] It was the first time in league history that a season was not finished and no champions were named. Due to the pandemic, entry requirements for the following season were lowered which led to the entrance of Basketball Community Gelderland, The Hague Royals and Almere Sailors.

Format and rules[edit]

Each team has to play all the other teams in the league four times, twice at home and twice away. This means that the league's regular season ends after all teams play 36 matches. Like many other national domestic leagues in continental Europe, the Dutch Basketball League takes a winter break once each team has played half of its scheduled games.

Playoffs[edit]

At the end of the league season schedule, the eight best teams in the standings play in a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the eighth place team in the standings, and so on. The quarter finals are played in a best-of-three format and the semi-finals are played in a best-of-five format, and the finals are played in a best-of-seven format.

In seasons were the number of teams dropped to 9 or lower, six teams qualified for the playoffs. In this case, the numbers one and two qualified for the semifinals and the other four teams played the quarterfinals.

Foreign players[edit]

The DBL has had many rules in place to restrict the number of foreign players of clubs. This way the league seek to keep developing Dutch talent in the league. For several seasons. Until 2019, teams in the DBL were not allowed to have more than four players without a Dutch passport in their on court team at the same time.

  • 2015–2017: maximum 4 foreign players
  • 2017–2019: maximum 5 foreign players (1 Dutch player at the court any time)
  • 2019–present: minimum of 6 home grown players

Logos[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

As of the end of the 2020–21 season:

Club
City Arena Capacity 1st season
in DBL
No. of seasons
in DBL
DBL titles Last title
Almere Sailors Almere Topsportcentrum Almere 3,000 2020–21 1
Apollo Amsterdam Amsterdam Apollohal 1,500 2012–13 8
Aris Leeuwarden Leeuwarden Kalverdijkje 1,700 2004–05 16
BAL Weert Sporthal Boshoven 1,000 2017–18 4
Heroes Den Bosch 's-Hertogenbosch Maaspoort 2,800 1962–63 54 16 2015
Den Helder Suns Den Helder Sporthal Sportlaan 1,500 1981–82 29 6 1998
Donar Groningen MartiniPlaza 4,350 1970–71 51 7 2018
Feyenoord Rotterdam Topsportcentrum 2,400 1988–89 32
Landstede Hammers Zwolle Landstede Sportcentrum 1,200 1995–96 25 1 2019
The Hague Royals The Hague Sportcampus Zuiderpark 3,500 2020–21 1
Yoast United Bemmel De Schaapskooi 650 2020–21 1
ZZ Leiden Leiden Vijf Meihal 2,000 1967–68 31 4 2021

Timeline[edit]

The following is the timeline of the teams in the Dutch Basketball League era (since 2011).

  • * – Indicates championship season

Former clubs[edit]

Location of teams in the 2020–21 Dutch Basketball League

The following clubs are not competing in the DBL during the 2020–21 season, but have previously competed in the DBL for at least one season. Teams in italics were folded and do not exist anymore.

Club Current league First season in
DBL
Most recent
season in
DBL
Seasons
in DBL
DBL
titles
Last DBL
title
Almere Pioneers Promotiedivisie 1998–99 2006–07 9
Amsterdam Basketball 1995–96 2010–11 15 7 2009
GOBA Regional levels 1990–91 1995–96 4
BSW 1982–83 2016–17 24 1 1994
BVG Promotiedivisie 1979–80 1979–80 1
C3 Cobra's 2000–01 2000–01 1
DAS Delft Regional levels 1986–87 1988–89 3
Dutch Windmills 2018–19 2018–19 1
EiffelTowers Nijmegen 2000–01 2004–05 5 1 2003
NAC 2000–01 2001–02 2
Magixx 2005–06 2013–14 9
Orca's Urk Eerste Divisie 1983–84 1990–91 8
Puncha Promotiedivisie 1960–61 1982–83 22 2 1975
Red Giants Eerste Divisie 1987–88 1994–95 8
The Wolves Amsterdama 1960–61 1968–69 9 5 1965
Tonego Regional levels 1980–81 1986–87 8
Virtus Eerste Divisie 1983–84 2000–01 8
West-Brabant Giants 2003–04 2010–11 8
ZBVS Santpoort 1960–61 1960–61 1

a: Founding member of the DBL.

Champions[edit]

Finals[edit]

The two teams that advance to the Finals of the play-offs play against each other in a best-of-seven playoff format.

Recent Dutch Basketball League seasons Finals
Season Winner(s) Score Runners-up
2009–10
Donar[a]
4–1
West-Brabant Giants
2010–11
ZZ Leiden
4–3
Donar[a]
2011–12
Den Bosch
4–1
ZZ Leiden
2012–13
ZZ Leiden
4–0
Aris Leeuwarden
2013–14
Donar[a]
4–3
Den Bosch
2014–15
Den Bosch
4–1
Donar
2015–16
Donar
4–1
Landstede Zwolle
2016–17
Donar
4–1
Landstede Zwolle
2017–18
Donar
4–0
ZZ Leiden
2018–19
Landstede Zwolle
4–2
Donar
2019–20
Not awarded
2020–21
ZZ Leiden
3–0
Heroes Den Bosch
  1. ^ a b c Known as "GasTerra Flames".

Performance by club[edit]

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence. Teams in bold are currently playing in the DBL.

Eredivisie / Dutch Basketball League winners by club
Club Wins Seasons won
Heroes Den Bosch
16
1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15
DED 8 1945–46, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1957–58
Amsterdam 7 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09
Donar 7 1981–82, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Den Helder 6 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1997–98
The Wolves Amsterdam
4
1959–60, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1964–65
Flamingo's Haarlem
4
1985–86, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73
ZZ Leiden
4
1977–78, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2020–21
AMVJ 3 1948–49, 1950–51, 1954–55
Blue Stars
2
1958–59, 1969–70
Landlust
2
1961–62, 1962–63
Punch Delft
2
1968–69, 1974–75
Amstelveen
2
1975–76, 1976–77
APGS
1
1947–48
Herly Amsterdam
1
1965–66
SVE Utrecht
1
1966–67
RZ
1
1973–74
Landstede Hammers
1
2018–19
BSW Weert
1
1993–94
Matrixx Magixx
1
2002–03

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "uleb.com". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. ^ "The Pro Basketball League and Dutch Basketball League about to launch BeNeLeague as of the 2021–2022 season". Pro Basketball League. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ "RTV N-H - Sport - ABC Amsterdam wordt opgeheven". rtvnh.nl. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  4. ^ "Reusachtige klap voor Bergen op Zoom". Villamedia.nl. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  5. ^ Magixx krijgt begroting niet rond
  6. ^ Matrixx stopt als sponsor Magixx
  7. ^ "BeNeLeague in het basket: België en Nederland starten onderzoek". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  8. ^ "DBL beëindigt seizoen 2019-2020" [DBL ends 2019-2020 season]. Basketball League (in Dutch). 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.

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