Lega Basket Serie A

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Lega Basket Serie A
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 Lega Basket Serie A
Beko Serie A 2015 logo.png
League logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1920
CEO Federico Zurleni
President Egidio Bianchi
No. of teams 16
Country  Italy
Confederation Europe FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
(27th title)
Most titles Olimpia Milano
(27 titles)
TV partner(s) RAI, Sky Italia[1]
Level on pyramid 1st Tier on Italian Pyramid
Relegation to Serie A2 – 2nd Tier (Last 1)
Domestic cup(s) Italian Cup
Italian Supercup
Official website LegaBasket.it (Italian)

The Lega Basket Serie A (English: Serie A Basketball League), known as the Serie A BEKO for sponsorship reasons, is a professional men's basketball league that has been organised in Italy since 1920. It constitutes the first and highest-tier of the Italian league pyramid, above the second division Serie A2, with which there is a promotion/relegation system.

The Serie A League, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 16 teams, of which the most successful clubs have been Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna. It is run by the Lega Basket, itself regulated by the FIP, the Italian federation.

History[edit]

Current alternate league logo

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

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

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.[citation needed]

Format[edit]

The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games for each team, followed by an eight-team playoff round.

In the playoffs, 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).

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.

Media[edit]

For the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, domestic TV rights are shared by RAI and Sky Italia.[2]

Current clubs[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari PalaSerradimigni 5,000
Betaland Capo d'Orlando Capo d'Orlando PalaFantozzi 3,613
Brescia Leonessa Brescia PalaGeorge[3] 5,500
Consultinvest Pesaro Pesaro Adriatic Arena 6,119
Dolomiti Energia Trento Trento PalaTrento 4,360
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Milan Mediolanum Forum 12,700
Enel Brindisi Brindisi PalaPentassuglia 3,534
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia PalaBigi 3,800
Juvecaserta Caserta PalaMaggiò 6,387
Manital Torino Turin PalaRuffini 4,500
Openjobmetis Varese Varese PalaWhirlpool 5,300
Pallacanestro Cantù Cantù PalaDesio[4] 6,500
Sidigas Avellino Avellino PalaDelMauro 5,300
The Flexx Pistoia Pistoia PalaCarrara 4,000
Umana Reyer Venezia Mestre Taliercio 3,509
Vanoli Cremona Cremona PalaRadi 3,527

Source:[5]

Title holders[edit]

[citation needed]

Finals[edit]

[citation needed]

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

Titles by club[edit]

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 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 Pesaro 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

Titles by city[edit]

City Championships Clubs
Milan
34
Olimpia Milano (27), Assi Milano (5), Costanza (1), Inter Milan (1)
Bologna
17
Virtus Bologna (15), Fortitudo Bologna (2)
Varese
10
Varese (10)
Siena
8
Mens Sana (8)
Trieste
5
Ginnastica Triestina (5)
Rome
5
Ginnastica Roma (4), Virtus Roma (1)
Treviso
5
Treviso (5)
Cantù
3
Cantù (3)
Venice
2
Reyer Venezia (2)
Pesaro
2
Victoria Libertas Pesaro (2)
Caserta
1
Juvecaserta (1)
Sassari
1
Dinamo Sassari (1)

Titles by region[edit]

Region Championships Clubs
 Lombardy
47
Olimpia Milano (27), Varese (10), Assi Milano (5), Cantù (3), Costanza (1), Inter Milan (1)
 Emilia-Romagna
17
Virtus Bologna (15), Fortitudo Bologna (2)
 Tuscany
8
Mens Sana (8)
 Veneto
7
Treviso (5), Reyer Venezia (2)
 Lazio
5
Ginnastica Roma (4), Virtus Roma (1)
 Friuli-Venezia Giulia
5
Ginnastica Triestina (5)
 Marche
2
Victoria Libertas Pesaro (2)
 Campania
1
Juvecaserta (1)
 Sardinia
1
Dinamo Sassari (1)

Individual awards[edit]

Lega Basket All Star Game[edit]

Italian basketball clubs in European-wide competitions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]