By Devin Golston
Euroleague basketball was founded in the year 2000 under a private organizational model which was considered a breakthrough for European professional team sports. Euroleague basketball is currently in its second decade of sustained growth as an innovative organizer of elite competitions and events. It now manages the continent’s two premier basketball competitions, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Eurocup consisting of 72 teams from as many as 25 countries.
The qualifying rounds, October 1-4 will feature eight teams participating in a single-venue tournament format with the winning team advancing to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. The Regular Season is typically from October 17-December 20 and consists of 24 teams divided into four groups of six teams. A total of 10 games are played by each team with the best four teams from each group advancing. After the regular season ends, the top 16 teams are divided in two groups of eight based on regular season results. The best four teams from each group advance to the playoffs April 15-April 25, then onto the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan, Italy from May 16-May 18 before a champion is crowned.
Generally Real Madrid has been the most successful team, having won the competition a record of eight times. Panathinaikos is the most successful team since the Euroleague Final Four system introduction, having won 6 out of 26 Final Fours. Top players Sergio Rodriguez of Real Madrid averages 14.2 points on 53.5% three-point shooting and 5.2 assists and Ante Tomic of FC Barcelona averages 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, hitting 63.1% of his two point shots.