With a ten-year exclusive partnership with FIBA and FIBA Asia, EASL will launch in October 2022 and be Asia’s first international home-and-away club league format, featuring top teams from the best men’s leagues, integrated into the top domestic leagues’ seasons, fighting to be the region’s champion.

Format:

A home-and-away season pan-regional format for a total of 28 games panning 6 months, beginning October 2022. Eight teams from the Japan B.LEAGUE, Korea KBL, Philippines PBA and the Chinese Taipei P. LEAGUE+, as well as a top team from Hong Kong SAR.

Participating Teams:

The champions and runners-up from the previous Japan B.LEAGUE, Korea KBL and Philippines PBA seasons will qualify to compete in EASL. The newly formed Bay Area Dragons and the championship team from Chinese Taipei’s P. LEAGUE+, will be the Greater China representatives. The eight teams play with a 12-man roster with two import players and an Asian import player allowance.

Group Stage:

The eight teams split into two groups of four play a round-robin format. Each team plays a home and away game against their group, six games each, for a total of 24 games during group stage from October 2022 to February 2023, with two EASL Group Stage games taking place every Wednesday night.

Final Four:

The top two teams in the standings from each group advance to the Final Four and play in sudden death Final Four and Championship matches in March 2023. The Final Four Weekend will take place in one of Asia’s premier cities, featuring a music festival and a variety of fan activations. The Final Four Weekend will rotate on an annual basis.

EASL Future Expansion:

In EASL’s Season 3, the number of league teams will increase to 16 teams, including expansion into new geographies and forging alliances with new leagues. The 2024-2025 edition will play 52 games throughout the season.

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