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World Championship for clubs in 2010

FIBA is looking to launch a World Championship for basketball clubs in 2010, but the NBA will not be involved, at least not in the first year.

World governing body FIBA said Monday that its first annual club championship will be played in October 2010, with $1 million offered to the winner.

The inaugural tournament will feature eight teams, comprising the five FIBA continental champions -- from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania -- the runner-up from the Americas and Europe plus a team invited by the host city.

It will not include an NBA team.

"There have been some talks with the NBA," FIBA spokesman Marcos Beltra said. "We will organize the first World Club Championship and then study the situation and in the second one invite the NBA champion."
Read more: New club basketball championship to debut in 2010

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Years ago

lame if there are no NBA teams there, no body will care except the owners becuase winning it means nothing except the million dollars!!

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Years ago

I thought this was going to start in 09!?

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Years ago

FIBA America launched a club championship last year and also did not include NBA. This is potentially an extraordinary competition and the fact that europe will not dominate the make-up (possible max of three teams) is fantastic.

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Years ago

Will be great to see and even better when NBA teams get involved.

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Years ago

I really dont think the owners of NBA teams will care about the $1M seeing insurance alone would be costing shitloads more than that.

will be good tho...specially if it gets televised!

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Years ago

Can the host cty invite an NBA team???

should be an interesting experiment.

The main issue with these types of events is the huge amount of player movement that goes on each season.

So a team that was great last season could be pretty average by the time they play in the Tournament.

If the NBA want a team in the tournament then the League Office would probably have to pay the player insurance.
Or the prize money would have to massively increase.

Considering the NBA owners already complain when their players play for National teams at the WC and Olympics they may not be too keen to join in.

Especially since they considering the NBA champ to be the World Champ!!! :)

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Years ago

Sounds pretty sweet, I would watch it for sure.


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Years ago

They could be the B Grade World Champions

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