Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yogev Ohayon 370.
(photo credit:Adi Avishai)
The BSL and the Israeli players union remain deadlocked after Saturday night’s
games were all postponed once more due to the ongoing strike by the local
The league insisted throughout Friday and Saturday that the
games will go ahead as planned and teams were told to arrive at arenas with
their full rosters.
However, apart from Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel
Eilat’s Israeli players and a handful of locals from other teams, only the
foreigners actually showed up.
The BSL ended up canceling one game at a
time and subsequently also called off the encounters originally scheduled for
this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
The league’s directorate will convene
on Tuesday to determine its next course of action, with the BSL threatening last
week that it would cancel the rest of the 2012/13 season should the players
refuse to end their strike by the weekend.
The players union announced a
strike after claiming the league is unwilling to downscale the number of foreign
players allowed both on each roster and on the floor at any given time during a
At the start of this season, each team was permitted to choose to
register either four or six foreign players to a game.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil were the only two teams which decided to register six
foreigners and, in doing so, committed to have at least two Israeli players on
the floor at any given point in a game.
After meeting with player
representatives nine days ago, the BSL announced that it had made its final
offer, labeling it as a “revolutionary” plan to promote the local
The league offered that every team will be required to play with
two Israelis at all times and will only be allowed to register a maximum of five
The BSL also said that it will compel all teams to have at
least three Israeli players under the age of 22 on their rosters, with the
agreement to be enforced over the next five seasons.
However, the players
union is demanding that teams will only be allowed to register four foreigners
to a game over the next three years, and just three non-Israeli players in the
two years after that.Enormous game on tap for Mac TA in Barcelona
Meanwhile, Friday’s results in Euroleague Top 16 Group F complicated Maccabi Tel
Aviv’s situation ahead of its final group game at Barcelona on
Maccabi still has its fate in its own hands entering the
showdown in Catalonia after winning its sixth straight game last Thursday,
thrashing Besiktas JK 101-58 to improve to 8-5.
However, following Caja
Laboral Vitoria’s surprise 86-82 win at Khimki Moscow on Friday combined with
Olympiacos’s triumph over Fenerbahce Ulker and Barca’s win at Montepaschi Siena,
Maccabi could find itself missing out on the quarterfinal playoffs should it
lose in Spain and other results in the group conspire against it.
Maccabi win against Barcelona will not only ensure it progresses, but will also
guarantee the team a second-place finish in Group F and home court advantage in
the best-of five quarterfinals.
However, a defeat combined with an
Olympiacos home loss to Khimki by less than 12 points and a Vitoria home win
over slumping Siena will result in the yellow-and-blue dropping all the way down
to fifth place.
Any other combination of results will see the
yellow-and blue qualify from third or fourth place.
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