Last Sunday, in the La Fonteta pavilion in Valencia, a new episode of incongruity was experienced regarding the application of cancellation or capacity restriction measures due to the pandemic. At noon, 1,500 people witnessed the second match of the Endesa Women’s League final between the local team and Perfumerías Avenida de Salamanca. However, in the afternoon, the match of the 35th day of the ACB between Valencia and Estudiantes was played behind closed doors. During the season, in women’s competitions, the responsibility of the Federation and under the supervision of the Autonomies, reduced quotas of fans have been allowed to enter the venues. While, in the men’s professional leagues, under the command of the Higher Sports Council, the public ban has been maintained at the national level. At the WiZink Center in the Community of Madrid, where Real Madrid and Estudiantes play their games, concerts have been witnessed with 5,000 spectators and the final of the Cup and the Spanish Futsal Super Cup were played with 1,500, while the Madrid teams of the basketball league have kept the stands empty like the rest of the competition.
This sequence of inconsistencies has led the ACB to file a complaint about this situation. The General Assembly of ACB clubs, meeting this Tuesday, made official its discomfort at “the permanent contradiction that is being experienced in the world of sports and entertainment, with massive cultural events and pavilions and stadiums mainly with public in the rest of the sports competitions while Endesa League matches continue to be played without fans ”, according to the official statement. “This is directly affecting the economic viability of the clubs’ projects,” says the note. “Faced with this situation, the ACB, as LaLiga has already done, appeals to common sense and demands proportionality within the different sporting events, putting an end to the existing grievance,” the text closes.
Despite the appeals of the football and basketball leagues, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, affirmed yesterday Monday that she does not see it advisable for the public to return to the stadiums for the remainder of the season due to the unequal epidemiological situation of the autonomous communities . “LaLiga is going to try to urgently reconsider this decision, calling for an urgent meeting with the professional basketball league, the ACB, which is the other major victim of this measure that we consider discriminatory and incoherent,” the body chaired by Javier Tebas after the statements of Darias. Today the ACB has joined the pressure, also denouncing what it considers “an offense.”
Calendar readjustment for the end of the Endesa League
At the same time, the ACB clubs agreed to restructure the calendar in the final stretch of the championship to accommodate the games postponed due to the pandemic and organize the normal dispute of the matches in which the classification for the playoffs and to avoid drop places. The end of the regular league, scheduled for May 16, is delayed to Sunday 23. Teams such as Morabanc Andorra, which was destined to play six games in 12 days, will now see their calendar slightly spaced. The ACB will announce the dates and format of the playoff for the title once the number of Spanish teams classified for the Euroleague Final Four is specified, with Barça and Madrid playing the pass this Tuesday, and the approval by FIBA of the deadline for the end of the season based on the lace of pre-Olympic tournaments. The semi-final series and the league final, historically the best of five games, could be reduced to three.