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September 20, 2022

Poland to co-host 2025 EuroBasket; Spain triumph attracts big audience

Poland has been selected as the fourth co-host of the next edition of the tournament.

By Tariq Saleh

FIBA Europe, the regional arm of basketball’s international governing body, has named Poland as the fourth co-host of the 2025 EuroBasket, the continental national teams tournament.

Poland presented its candidacy to host one of the groups in the next edition of the tournament at an extraordinary session of the FIBA Europe board that took place in Berlin on the eve of the 2022 EuroBasket final and third-place game held in the German capital at the weekend (September 17 and 18).

Following a vote by the board, the country was selected to join Latvia, Cyprus, and Finland, which were announced as joint hosts in March.

Latvia will host the final phase of the EuroBasket and one of the groups in the group phase, while Cyprus and Finland will each play host to one group.

The Polish city that will serve as the venue for its group will be confirmed at the November session of the FIBA Europe board.

A total of six countries were initially in the running to stage the event with FIBA announcing it would again employ the multi-hosting formula that was first introduced for the 2015 event.

Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine also submitted official bids last September.

Russia’s chances of hosting the event were ended by the country's invasion of Ukraine, which also led to FIBA banning the national team from its competitions.

FIBA Europe had decided to continue exclusive discussions with Ukraine for the hosting of the fourth group but “after taking into consideration the difficult circumstances of the country, the board decided to continue discussions with the country while simultaneously working on backup plans as an alternative.”

The tournament is set to take place in September 2025.

Turgay Demirel, FIΒΑ Europe president, said: "We introduced the multiple-host model for FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and it has proved a resounding success in every edition since then, culminating in the 2022 edition that concluded in Berlin [on Sunday]."

"There were already three exceptional hosts in place for the 2025 tournament and it is the board's view that the Polish candidacy made for the ideal final addition to this winning team."

Poland has solely hosted the EuroBasket on two previous occasions in 1963 and 2009.

Meanwhile, an average audience of 5.7 million in Spain watched the country’s triumph in Sunday’s (September 18) EuroBasket final.

The final, which was shown on Telecinco, the Mediaset-owned free-to-air commercial channel, peaked at 8.5 million viewers and achieved an audience share of 38% as Spain defeated France 88-76 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

Across Spain’s 25 games, the cumulative audience in the country was 15.4 million. The matches averaged 1.18 million viewers per match and a share of 12.7%.

As well as Telecinco, games were also shown on Mediaset’s Cuatro and BeMad free-to-air TV channels.

With the victory, Spain, who are also the reigning FIBA World Cup champions, claimed their fourth European title.

In France, meanwhile, the EuroBasket final was watched by a combined audience of around 2.8 million.

After M6 announced it would show the final on its main channel on Sunday, the commercial broadcaster attracted an average of 2.33 million (10.5% share) viewers.

A further 491,000 also watched on Canal Plus Sport 360, the pay-TV broadcaster’s newly-launched channel.

France's semi-final win over Poland was shown on W9, the M6-owned digital terrestrial channel.

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