Over the past, Jordi Bertomeu was adamant to raise the number of the games in the Euroleague in order to prevent the days off for the qualification games of the National Teams. The Spanish president was against FIBA's fixture list in the middle of the season, but lately the scenario has been changed significantly.
“Fiba will win. The qualification round of the National Teams will be played as planned. The clubs who will decide not to send their players to the National Teams will be banned. The NBA players are the only exception,” a leading European Basketball insider told sdna.gr.
What does this mean? From 2017 onwards the season of the domestic leagues will stop paving the way for the National Teams' fixtures. The reason behind this is that from 2017 onwards the Eurobasket is going to take place every four years, so the next one will be played in 2021. So, the fans will not have the opportunity to watch their National Team that often and moreover the reason has to do with a financial part as the Basketball Federations will be boosted by selling tickets and clinching other commercial agreements. As for the TV rights, the biggest percentage will end up to FIBA.
Furthermore, rumours claim that FIBA is considering to establish a new Euroleague plan which the last 15 years has been run by Spain. It remains to be seen whether this is just a thought or FIBA will move on to further actions. Also it is interesting what the reaction of Bertomeu will be as the Spanish supremo will not be ready to resign from his Euroleague current scheme.