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Lega Basket Serie A (LBA)
Lega Basket Serie A 2016 logo.png
Country  Italy
Confederation FIBA Europe
Founded 1920; 97 years ago (1920)
First season 1920–21
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Serie A2
Domestic cup(s) Coppa Italia
Supercup Supercoppa
International cup(s) EuroLeague
Basketball Champions League
Current champions EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
(27th title)
Most championships EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
(27 titles)
CEO Federico Zurleni
President Egidio Bianchi
TV partners RAI
Sky Italia
Website www.legabasket.it
2016–17 LBA season

The Lega Basket Serie A, officially abbreviated as LBA, (English: Serie A Basketball League) and known for sponsorship reasons as the Serie A PosteMobile,[1] is a professional men's club basketball league that has been organised in Italy since 1920. It constitutes the first and highest-tier level of the Italian league pyramid. The LBA, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 16 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the Serie A2 and replaced by the winner of the play-offs of that division.

A total of 99 teams have competed in the LBA since its inception. Seventeen teams have been crowned champions, with Olimpia Milano winning the title a record 27 times, and Virtus Bologna 15 times. According to FIBA Europe's and Euroleague Basketball's national league coefficients, the LBA was the overall historically top ranked national domestic league in Europe, for the period 1958 to 2007. Today, the LBA is considered to be one of the top European national basketball leagues. Its clubs have won the most EuroLeague championships (13), the most FIBA Saporta Cups (15), and the most FIBA Korać Cups (10).

The league is run by the Lega Basket, which is itself regulated by the FIP, the Italian Basketball Federation.


A national basketball league was first established in Italy in 1920, with the first title won by S.E.F. Costanza Milano.

In 1991, Glaxo Verona, coached by Alberto Bucci, won the Italian Basketball Cup, eliminating in order Napoli, Juvecaserta, Virtus Bologna and, in the Final Four, they defeated Libertas Livorno and Philips Milano for 97-85. Verona was the only club to have won the Italian Cup starting from Serie A2.

Since then, twenty different teams have won the championship, with Olimpia Milano's twenty seven titles the most and Mens Sana's seven consecutive titles from 2007 to 2013 also a record.

Benetton Treviso was the first ever club in Italy to win all three competitions: the LBA Scudetto, the Italian Cup and the Italian Supercup in the 2002–03 season.

LBA game in Rome in 2006.

After 2007–08 season, the league was reduced from eighteen to sixteen after two clubs, Basket Napoli and Orlandina Basket, were relegated for financial irregularities and not replaced.

On 4 May 2016 Virtus Bologna was relegated to Serie A2 Basket for the first time in its history after finishing in the last position of the 2015–16 Lega Basket Serie A.[2] Olimpia Milano, Pallacanestro Cantù and Scandone Avellino are the only clubs never relegated in Serie A2 since the introduction of the single regular season group stage phase with a double round-robin, from the 2001–02 season.

On 7 October 2016, following an investigation for accounting and fiscal fraud, the Court of the Italian Basketball Federation has revoked the championship titles awarded to Mens Sana Siena for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons, two Italian Cups (2012 and 2013) and the 2013 Supercoppa.[3] The revocation came after the prosecutor's office recommended such measures following the charging of club leaders with receiving stolen goods, criminal association for tax fraud and fraudulent bankruptcy. Former general manager, Ferdinando Minucci, vice president Paola Serpi and sports director Olga Finetti were all removed from their positions. Under the name Montepaschi Siena, derived from sponsor Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the club was a dominant presence in Serie A, winning 5 titles in a row from 2006-07 to 2010-11, besides the two more titles now revoked by the Italian Federation, whilst also challenging for titles in Europe. On 18 April 2017, CONI annulled the decision of the Italian Basketball Federation. After financial problems caused the club to go bankrupt in 2014, it moved down to the fourth division. It is now in Serie A2, the second division.[4]

Egidio Bianchi, President of LBA, said that there should be more severe rules. Bianchi announces that the league will increase controls to prevent similar cases from happening again, and he said: "we will propose stricter checks which should enter into force as early as the next season begin. The goal is to have more detailed documentation for admission of teams at the Italian League and also more accurate controls during the season".[5]

In December 2016 took place in Rome the assembly of Lega Basket during which the president Egidio Bianchi has communicated to all the clubs to have reached the multi-year agreement with PosteMobile, an Italy-based mobile virtual network operator owned by Poste italiane Group, that will become the Title Sponsor of the LBA.[6] PosteMobile replaces Beko after four years of sponsorship.

Title sponsorships[edit]

From 1993 to 2016, the Lega Basket Serie A had title sponsorship rights sold to eight companies; Beko was the most recent title sponsor, having sponsored the Lega Basket Serie A from 2012 through 2016.

Period Sponsor Name
1993–1996 Luxottica Luxottica Cup
1996–1998 Polo Polo Cup
1998–1999 Ford Puma Ford Puma Trophy
1999–2000 SportWeek SportWeek Cup
2000–2003 Foxy Foxy Cup
2003–2009 TIM Serie A TIM
2009–2012 Agos Ducato Agos Ducato Serie A
2012–2016 Beko Serie A Beko
2016 No sponsor LBA
2016–present PosteMobile Serie A PosteMobile

From the end of the 2015–16 season, Lega Basket Serie A has a new sponsor. The Turkish brand Beko left Serie A after four years of sponsorship. Beko decided to focus just on their sponsorship of the Spanish football team Barcelona and left all the basketball leagues around Europe they sponsored.[7] In December 2016, President Egidio Bianchi has communicated to have reached an agreement with PosteMobile that will become the Title Sponsor of the LBA.[8]


Evolution of the LBA logo
2000–2003 2003–2009 2009–2012 2012–2014 2014–2016 2016–present
Foxy Cup Logo.png Lega Basket Serie A TIM Logo.png Lega Basket Serie A Agos Ducato Logo.png Lega Basket Serie A Beko 2012.png Beko Serie A 2015 logo.png Serie A PosteMobile 2016 Logo.png

Competition format[edit]

Scudetto patch

The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from October to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 games. Teams receive two points for a win and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points. At the end of the season, the eight best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, and so on.

There are three playoff rounds. The Quarterfinals are best of five, while the semifinals and finals series are best of seven (in the 2012–13 season, all series were best-of-seven). The winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the LBA.

Each season, the last qualified club of the regula reason is relegated to Serie A2 Basket, and is replaced by the winner of the playoffs of this league.

Arena rules[edit]

LBA clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 3,500 people.[9] From 2017–18 season, clubs must host their home playoffs matches in arenas that have a seating capacity of at least 5,000 people.[10]

In April 11, 2017, the Italian Basketball Federal Council unanimously decided that from 2018–19 LBA season, all matches will be played in arenas with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats.[11]

Clubs composition[edit]

Each team is allowed either five or seven foreign players under two formulas:

  1. 5 foreigners from countries outside the European Union
  2. 3 foreigners from countries outside the E.U., 4 foreigners from E.U. countries (also including those from countries signatory of the Cotonou Agreement)

Each club can choose the 5+5 formula, that consists of five Italian players and five foreign players, and the 3+4+5 formula, with five Italian players, three foreigners from countries outside the E.U. and four foreigners from E.U. countries or "Cotonou Countries".[12]

At the end of the season there will be a prize of €500.000,00 for the top three ranked teams, that had chosen the 5+5 formula, considering the playing time of Italian players, and €200.000,00 for those teams that will obtain the best results with their youth sector.[13]

Qualifying for European competitions[edit]

In summer 2016, four Italian teams (Reggio Emilia, Trento, Sassari and Cantù) were forced to withdraw from EuroCup because of the FIBA and Euroleague Basketball controversy.[14]

From 2017-18 season, Italian Basketball Federation will allow LBA clubs to rejoin EuroCup. There will be at least six teams in Europe. One in EuroLeague (Olimpia Milano directly enter the EuroLeague as licensed club), two in EuroCup (but they are negotiating with ECA for a third spot) and three in Basketball Champions League.[15] Lega Basket decided Italian Clubs will be free to choose in which European Cup they want to play, based on final ranking and sports merit.[16]


For the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons, domestic TV rights are shared by RAI and Sky Italia.[17]

Current clubs[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity 2015–16 season
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari PalaSerradimigni 5,000[18] Quarterfinals 2016 playoffs
Betaland Capo d'Orlando Capo d'Orlando PalaFantozzi 3,508[19] 13th in Serie A
Consultinvest Pesaro Pesaro Adriatic Arena 6,119[20] 12th in Serie A
Dolomiti Energia Trento Trento PalaTrento 4,360[21] Quarterfinals 2016 playoffs
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Milan Mediolanum Forum 12,700[22] Serie A Champions
Enel Brindisi Brindisi PalaPentassuglia 3,534[23] 10th in Serie A
FIAT Torino Turin PalaRuffini 4,500[24] 15th in Serie A
Germani Basket Brescia Brescia PalaGeorge[25] 5,500[26] Serie A2 winner
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Land Rover Arena
5,570[27] Runners-up 2016 playoffs
PalaBigi 4,600[28]
Pasta Reggia Caserta Caserta PalaMaggiò 6,387[29] 14th in Serie A
Openjobmetis Varese Varese PalA2A 5,100[30] 9th in Serie A
MIA-Red October Cantù Cantù PalaBancoDesio[31] (Desio) 6,700[32] 11th in Serie A
Sidigas Avellino Avellino PalaDelMauro 5,195[33] Semifinals 2016 playoffs
The Flexx Pistoia Pistoia PalaCarrara 4,000[34] Quarterfinals 2016 playoffs
Umana Venezia Venice Taliercio 3,506[35] Semifinals 2016 playoffs
Vanoli Cremona Cremona PalaRadi 3,527[36] Quarterfinals 2016 playoffs

Title holders[edit]


Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage Regular season leader Record
1976–77 Sinudyne Bologna 0–2 Scudetto.svg Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna 19–3
1977–78 Scudetto.svg Mobilgirgi Varese 2–1 Sinudyne Bologna Mobilgirgi Varese 18–4
1978–79 Scudetto.svg Sinudyne Bologna 2–0 Billy Milano Emerson Varese 18–8
1979–80 Scudetto.svg Sinudyne Bologna 2–0 Gabetti Cantù Billy Milano 22–4
1980–81 Scudetto.svg Squibb Cantù 2–1 Sinudyne Bologna Turisanda Varese 27–5
1981–82 Scavolini Pesaro 0–2 Scudetto.svg Billy Milano Scavolini Pesaro 25–7
1982–83 Scudetto.svg Banco di Roma Virtus 2–1 Billy Milano Banco di Roma Virtus 22–8
1983–84 Simac Milano 1–2 Scudetto.svg Granarolo Bologna Simac Milano 25–5
1984–85 Scudetto.svg Simac Milano 2–0 Scavolini Pesaro Banco di Roma Virtus 23–4
1985–86 Scudetto.svg Simac Milano 2–1 Mobilgirgi Caserta Simac Milano 26–4
1986–87 Scudetto.svg Tracer Milano 3–0 Mobilgirgi Caserta Divarese Varese 22–8
1987–88 Tracer Milano 1–3 Scudetto.svg Scavolini Pesaro Divarese Varese 23–7
1988–89 Enichem Livorno 2–3 Scudetto.svg Philips Milano Scavolini Pesaro 21–9
1989–90 Scudetto.svg Scavolini Pesaro 3–1 Ranger Varese Scavolini Pesaro 22–8
1990–91 Philips Milano 2–3 Scudetto.svg Phonola Caserta Philips Milano 21–9
1991–92 Scavolini Pesaro 1–3 Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Scavolini Pesaro 22–8
1992–93 Scudetto.svg Knorr Bologna 3–0 Benetton Treviso Knorr Bologna 24–6
1993–94 Scudetto.svg Buckler Bologna 3–2 Scavolini Pesaro Buckler Bologna 24–6
1994–95 Scudetto.svg Buckler Bologna 3–0 Benetton Treviso Buckler Bologna 25–7
1995–96 Teamsystem Bologna 1–3 Scudetto.svg Stefanel Milano Buckler Bologna 23–9
1996–97 Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso 3–2 Teamsystem Bologna Benetton Treviso 22–4
1997–98 Scudetto.svg Kinder Bologna 3–2 Teamsystem Bologna Kinder Bologna 23–3
1998–99 Scudetto.svg Varese Roosters 3–0 Benetton Treviso Teamsystem Bologna 22–4
1999–00 Scudetto.svg Paf Bologna 3–1 Benetton Treviso Paf Bologna 27–3
2000–01 Scudetto.svg Kinder Bologna 3–0 Paf Bologna Kinder Bologna 29–5
2001–02 Skipper Bologna 0–3 Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna 29–7
2002–03 Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso 3–1 Skipper Bologna Benetton Treviso 30–4
2003–04 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 3–0 Skipper Bologna Montepaschi Siena 26–8
2004–05 Scudetto.svg Climamio Bologna 3–1 Armani Jeans Milano Benetton Treviso 28–6
2005–06 Climamio Bologna 1–3 Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Climamio Bologna 27–7
2006–07 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 3–0 VidiVici Bologna Montepaschi Siena 30–4
2007–08 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 4–1 Lottomatica Roma Montepaschi Siena 31–3
2008–09 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 4–0 Armani Jeans Milano Montepaschi Siena 29–1
2009–10 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 4–0 Armani Jeans Milano Montepaschi Siena 26–2
2010–11 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 4–1 Bennet Cantù Montepaschi Siena 26–4
2011–12 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena 4–1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Montepaschi Siena 24–8
2012–13 Acea Roma 1–4 Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena Cimberio Varese 23–7
2013–14 Scudetto.svg EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 4–3 Montepaschi Siena EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 25–5
2014–15 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 3–4 Scudetto.svg Banco di Sardegna Sassari EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 26–4
2015–16 Scudetto.svg EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 4–2 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 22–8

Source: LBA


Club Winners Championship seasons
Olimpia Milano 27 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2013–14, 2015–16
Virtus Bologna 15 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2000–01
Varese 10 1960–61, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1998–99
Mens Sana 1871 8 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
Assi Milano 5 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
Ginnastica Triestina 5 1930, 1932, 1934, 1939–40, 1940–41
Treviso 5 1991–92, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06
Ginnastica Roma 4 1928, 1931, 1933, 1935
Cantù 3 1967–68, 1974–75, 1980–81
Reyer Venezia 2 1941–42, 1942–43
Victoria Libertas 2 1987–88, 1989–90
Fortitudo Bologna 2 1999–00, 2004–05
Costanza 1 1920
Inter Milan 1 1923
Virtus Roma 1 1982–83
Juvecaserta 1 1990–91
Dinamo Sassari 1 2014–15

Bold indicates clubs which will play in the 2016–17 Lega Basket Serie A.

By city[edit]

City Championships Clubs
Olimpia Milano (27), Assi Milano (5), Costanza (1), Inter Milan (1)
Virtus Bologna (15), Fortitudo Bologna (2)
Varese (10)
Mens Sana 1871 (8)
Ginnastica Triestina (5)
Ginnastica Roma (4), Virtus Roma (1)
Treviso (5)
Cantù (3)
Reyer Venezia (2)
Victoria Libertas (2)
Juvecaserta (1)
Dinamo Sassari (1)

By region[edit]

Region Championships Clubs
Olimpia Milano (27), Varese (10), Assi Milano (5), Cantù (3), Costanza (1), Inter Milan (1)
Virtus Bologna (15), Fortitudo Bologna (2)
Treviso (5), Reyer Venezia (2)
Mens Sana 1871 (8)
Ginnastica Roma (4), Virtus Roma (1)
 Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Ginnastica Triestina (5)
Victoria Libertas (2)
Juvecaserta (1)
Dinamo Sassari (1)

Italian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions[edit]

Seasons in LBA[edit]

There are 99 teams that have taken part in 78 LBA championships in a single round that was played from the 1937–38 season, until the 2016–17 season. The teams in bold compete in LBA currently.

Individual awards[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Lega Basket All Star Game[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Basket, PosteMobile nuovo title sponsor della Lega di Serie A" [Basketball, PosteMobile new title sponsor of Lega Basket Serie A]. calcioefinanza.it (in Italian). 16 December 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Virtus Bologna relegated for the first time". Eurohoops. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Basket Serie A, revocati due scudetti di Siena" [Basket Serie A, Siena's two championship titles have been revoked]. corrieredellosport.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Federation revokes Siena titles (3)". ansa.it. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Basket, Bianchi: "Siena? Lega aumenterà i controlli"" [Basketball, Bianchi: "Siena? Lega will increase controls"]. repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "LBA, ecco il nuovo Title Sponsor: accordo pluriennale con PosteMobile" [LBA, here it is the new Title Sponsor: multi-year agreement with PosteMobile]. Legabasket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Il marchio Beko lascerà il basket. Il CEO Mangiacotti avrà un futuro in Lega?" [Beko is going to leave basketball. Mangiacotti (CEO of Beko) could have a future in Lega]. basketnet.it (in Italian). Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "PosteMobile nuovo sponsor Lega Basket" [PosteMobile is the new sponsor of Lega Basket]. www.ansa.it (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Lega Società di Pallacanestro Serie A, REGOLAMENTO ESECUTIVO#Chapter 3.2 (G), Page 4
  10. ^ "Consiglio FIP sugli impianti per i playoff: dal 2017-2018 non meno di 5.000 posti" [FIP Board on the arenas for the playoffs: from 2017-2018 no less than 5,000 seats]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Consiglio Federale: dal 2018-19 la capienza minima per tutte le gare di Serie A sarà di 5.000 posti" [Federal Council: from 2018-19 the minimum capacity for all Serie A matches will be 5,000 seats]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Serie A, dal prossimo anno i Cotonou saranno considerati comunitari" [Serie A, from the next year the Cotonou players will be considered as Europeans]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Premio italiani a quota 700.000 euro" [Italian prize will be of 700,000 Euros]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Italian teams withdraw from Eurocup!". Eurohoops.net. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Italian teams to compete in EuroCup again from next season". sportando.com. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Italian Serie A Clubs will be free to choose in which European Cup they want to play next season". sportando.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Michael Long (4 August 2015). "Italy's Lega Basket Serie A completes domestic rights sales". SportsProMedia. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  18. ^ Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Italian).
  19. ^ Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Italian).
  20. ^ Consultinvest Pesaro (Italian).
  21. ^ La struttura, Trentino Volley (Italian).
  22. ^ CHI SIAMO (Italian).
  23. ^ Enel Brindisi (Italian).
  24. ^ Palaruffini-Torino (Italian).
  25. ^ "Montichiari: il PalaGeorge "casa" della Centrale del Latte di Brescia?" [Montichiari: will PalaGeorge be Centrale del Latte Brescia's "home"?]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Semifinali play off, la Centrale gioca sempre fuori casa" [Playoffs Semifinals, the Centrale team still playing away]. giornaledibrescia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  27. ^ Paladozza BOLOGNA-Ticketone (Italian).
  28. ^ Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italian).
  29. ^ Pasta Reggia Caserta (Italian).
  30. ^ Openjobmetis Varese (Italian).
  31. ^ "Andrea Mauri: "Desio è un'opportunità, a lavoro per definire il budget"" [Andrea Mauri: "Desio is an opportunity, at work to define the budget"]. sportando.com (in Italian). Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  32. ^ Red October Cantù (Italian).
  33. ^ Sidigas Avellino (Italian).
  34. ^ The Flexx Pistoia (Italian).
  35. ^ Umana Reyer Venezia (Italian).
  36. ^ Vanoli Cremona (Italian).

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