BARCELONA – October 31, 2005 – The Euroleague Basketball General Assembly, meeting on Monday in Istanbul hours before the opening game of the 2005-06 season, received good news on several fronts about the progress of the competition heading into its sixth season.

Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu announced that tickets for the 2006 Final Four, to be held in Prague, the Czech Republic, will go on sale to the public on November 8 through the official website of the competition, Of the 16,500 tickets available for fans to attend the Final Four at the state-of-the-art Sazka Arena in Prague, 12,400 will be for sale as of next Tuesday.

Looking forward to the 2007 Final Four, Bertomeu reported that Euroleague Basketball is in advanced negotiations with Athens, Greece to host the event, but that those negotiations are not yet complete. Bertomeu also mentioned as possible options for future Final Fours such cities as Lisbon, Paris, Belgrade and Istanbul.

The assembly also heard of agreements that have been reached that greatly expand the television audience for Euroleague Basketball in the upcoming 2005-06 season. Special mention was made of important agreements reached in Turkey and Spain, as well as the weekly 30-minute Euroleague Basketball magazine to be made available by Eurosport 2 to an estimated 20 million homes in seven languages across 32 countries. The program, which will cover both the Euroleague and the ULEB Cup, will be broadcast at approximately 19:00 CET each Friday beginning on November 11.

Among the decisions approved by the assembly was that of the plan for the allocation of team licenses for Euroleague participation for the next three seasons. The same system used in the previous three years was retained.

Additionally, the assembly approved the composition of the Euroleague Basketball Board, made up largely of domestic league and club representatives. The new makeup of the board will now include representatives of the following: Liga ACB (Spain), LEGA (Italy), HEBA (Greece), Benetton Treviso, Maccabi Tel Aviv, F.C. Barcelona, CSKA Moscow and, new for the coming session, Efes Pilsen and Panathinaikos. The Board also includes ULEB President Eduardo Portela and Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu.

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