The Endesa League will throw the ball into the air on Saturday in what will be the most atypical start that elite basketball has ever experienced in Spain. There will not be public in the stands of any of the nine games scheduled for this first day, a situation caused by the pandemic of coronavirus and that nobody knows how long it will last.
The decision to open the matches to the public is not in the hands of the ACB, that in his Assembly today, Wednesday, will finalize the security protocols to be followed by their teams, but from the Higher Sports Council, which in its protocol of May 3 regulated how the professional leagues should return to activity. In Spain, only the men’s First and Second football leagues and the Endesa basketball league have this consideration. The rest of the competitions are not considered professional and, therefore, the decision-making power resides in the autonomous communities in which each club or individual athlete is located.
At the moment the CSD has not altered its position in recent months and due to the recent statements of its president, Irene Lozano, or the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, it does not seem that there is an intention to return the public to the professional leagues in the short or medium term. “It is not wise to have high concentrations of people. Within the stadium, it could be possible to keep a distance, but the worrying thing is the accesses. There are no circumstances to allow it, “he said. Illa two weeks ago in relation to the LFP.
It could be the paradoxical case that a team could not play at home in front of its public in the Spanish league and could do so in European competitions (Euroleague, Eurocup, Champions League), since in this case the responsibility resides in the autonomous community where the club is located. In Euskadi a couple of weeks ago, 500 people were allowed to attend the final of the Euskal Kopa disputed in Vitoria between Baskonia and Retabet Bilbao and in Valencia this Tuesday 400 people were allowed to attend the duel between the Valencia Basket and the Bayern Munich of the Euroleague friendly tournament.
However, it does not seem that the autonomous communities are in the business of allowing public on a regular basis when the European competitions start in their territory.