General Director of VTB United League Ilona Korstin told that one of the first application for the next season of the tournament served the Estonian club “Kalev”.
Say that the next NBA season may pass without an audience. Is there any chance that such a measure will be applied in a Single League?
— A sports League and the Federation saying that they want to start their Championships in January, because only then they are allowed to host matches with the audience. I believe that in our case the ideal option to start the season according to plan, in October. If not removed all restrictions, of course, have to spend the first game in an empty stadium. The Olympics in Tokyo postponed to 2021, therefore we in addition have only the obligation to finish the championship in early June. We wish the season was full, and not shortened. But first and foremost, we care about the health of players and fans.
— Also need to think about how to make broadcast television more attractive to viewers. Why not try new formats? For example, it is possible to show matches on the big screen in the spacious Parking — spectators will watch basketball in your own car, thus keeping a safe distance.
— About the Russian clubs in the news a lot. How’s the League participants from other countries?
— “Kalev” — the first club who sent a request to participate in the next season. This is great news that says that the team dealt with its financial difficulties and is ready for a new championship. By the way, the question of why we play for foreign clubs. If you look at the table of the previous season, “Kalev” were quite successful and were in the top six teams in the League. In the zone of the playoffs was and Polish “Zielona Gora”. All this shows the effectiveness of foreign teams, which even with a small budget produced a result.
— Constant communication with all clubs supported our decision about early completion of the season. Thus, we give the clubs the certainty and possibility to plan its activities for the near future. Of course, we thought about the players who were worried about their health and the health of their families.
In the spring there is information that Kalev is experiencing financial difficulties and cancels contracts with all the players of the team.