Basketligan

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Ligan
Basketligan logo.jpg
Founded1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Country Sweden
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams9
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBasketettan
Current championsNorrköping Dolphins (5th title)
Most championshipsSödertälje Kings (11 titles)
Websitesvenskabasketligan.se
2017–18 Basketligan season

Basketligan, or simply Ligan, is the premier league for professional basketball in Sweden. The league was originally established in 1992 as Basketligan and was known as that prior to the season of 2006–07, but when the Swedish company Obol Investment signed an agreement with the Swedish Basketball Federation in early October 2006, the league was renamed Obol Basketball League (OBL). In January 2007 the name was changed to Ligan, meaning simply the League.

History[edit]

On October 6, 2006 the Swedish Basketball Federation signed a 15-year agreement with Swiss company Obol Investment.[1] Part of the deal was that Basketligan would be renamed Obol Basketball League. Other parts of the deal include that the winning team would receive prize money if the team were to play in the Euroleague during the following season. The agreement lasted for 15 years, but after five years Obol would make an evaluation and have the rights to then cancel the deal, if they so wish.

On January 15, 2007 Obol informed readers on their web page that "Obol Investment Concept is declared in liquidation. For further questions clients are instructed to contact Dundee Securities Corporation." This was hardly surprising given that front figure Bo Johansson has not showed up to straighten out legal issues with Finansinspektionen, the Swedish financial supervisory authority.[citation needed] In fact, Bo Johansson already had disappeared at the end of 2006 when "Basketligan", the basketball team Plannja Basket, and the ice hockey team Luleå Hockey terminated their contracts with Obol after not having received sponsorship funds.[citation needed]

Current teams[edit]

For the 2016–17 season.
Team City Venue Capacity
BC Luleå Luleå ARCUS Arena 1,700
Borås Basket Borås Boråshallen 3,000
Jämtland Basket Östersund Östersunds sporthall 1,250
Malbas Malmö Heleneholms Sporthall
Norrköping Dolphins Norrköping Stadium Arena 4,500
KFUM Nässjö Nässjö Nässjö Sporthall 1,200
Södertälje Kings Södertälje Täljehallen 2,200
Umeå BSKT Umeå Umeå Energi Arena 1,270
Uppsala Basket Uppsala Fyrishov 3,000

Finals[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Score Finals MVP
1992–93 Stockholm Capitals Norrköping Dolphins 3–0 N/A
1993–94 Kärcher Basket Norrköping Dolphins 3–0
1994–95 Alvik Kärcher Basket 3–0
1995–96 New Wave Sharks Södertälje Kings 3–2
1996–97 Plannja Basket M7 Borås 3–1
1997–98 Norrköping Dolphins Plannja Basket 3–1
1998–99 Plannja Basket 08 Stockholm Human Rights 3–0
1999–00 Plannja Basket M7 Borås 3–1
2000–01 08 Stockholm Human Rights Norrköping Dolphins 3–0
2001–02 Plannja Basket Södertälje Kings 3–2
2002–03 Solna Vikings Plannja Basket 3–1
2003–04 Plannja Basket Norrköping Dolphins 4–1
2004–05 Södertälje Kings Sundsvall Dragons 4–2
2005–06 Plannja Basket Solna Vikings 4–1
2006–07 Plannja Basket 08 Stockholm Human Rights 4–2
2007–08 Solna Vikings Sundsvall Dragons 3–0
2008–09 Sundsvall Dragons Solna Vikings 4–3
2009–10 Norrköping Dolphins Plannja Basket 4–1
2010–11 Sundsvall Dragons Norrköping Dolphins 4–3
2011–12 Norrköping Dolphins Södertälje Kings 4–2
2012–13 Södertälje Kings Sundsvall Dragons 4–2 United States John Roberson
2013–14 Södertälje Kings Norrköping Dolphins 4–3 Croatia Toni Bizaca
2014–15 Södertälje Kings Uppsala Basket 4–1 United States John Roberson
2015–16 Södertälje Kings Norrköping Dolphins 4–0 United States Skyler Bowlin
2016–17 BC Luleå Södertälje Kings 4–1
2017–18 Norrköping Dolphins BC Luleå 4–3

Performance by club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Years winning
BC Luleå (Luleå) 8 4 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2017
Södertälje Kings (Södertälje) 5 4 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Norrköping Dolphins (Norrköping) 4 6 1998, 2010, 2012, 2018
Sundsvall Dragons (Sundsvall) 2 3 2009, 2011
Solna Vikings (Solna) 2 2 2003, 2008
08 Stockholm Human Rights (Stockholm) 1 2 2001
Kärcher Basket (Gothenburg) 1 1 1994
Stockholm Capitals (Stockholm) 1 0 1993
Alvik (Stockholm) 1 0 1995
New Wave Sharks (Gothenburg) 1 0 1996
M7 Borås (Borås) 0 2
Uppsala Basket (Uppsala) 0 1

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Ejderhov (2006-09-30). "Därför tar Obol över Basketligan | Idrottens Affärer". Idrottensaffarer.se. Retrieved 2014-03-11.

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