BSL teams .
(photo credit: Oded Karni)
The BSL season is set to resume next week after the owners and the Israeli
players’ union reached an agreement to end the strike early Wednesday
Representatives from both sides met until the early hours of the
morning before agreeing to a new five-year deal which is set to officially be
ratified by the players’ union on Thursday and by the BSL’s directorate on
Under the new agreement, every team will be allowed to register a
maximum of five foreigners, but will be required to play with two Israelis at
However, teams that will decide to sign no more than four
foreign players will receive a NIS 250,000 bonus, with another NIS one million
to be split between the league’s 12 sides based on the number of minutes played
by their Israelis.
Teams will also be compelled to have at least two
Israeli players under the age of 22 and another under the age of 25 on their
Week 22 of the BSL’s regular season action, which was originally
scheduled to take place on March 24, will now be played next Wednesday and
Thursday, assuming the agreement is approved by all parties.
than never,” said BSL chairman Shmuel Frenkel.
“This agreement is good
for Israeli basketball, the owners and the players.
The damage from the
strike isn’t too severe because we ended it quite quickly.”
chairman Nir Alon insisted that the strike was a success, even though the
Israeli players didn’t get their wish to limit teams to no more than four
“The stand we took was well worth it,” Alon said. “We went
through a tough time but we will rebuild the trust with the fans.”