TBF Unveils Basketball Super League and Women’s Basketball Super League

Jul 07, 2015
The re-branding reflects the increasing competitiveness and value of professional basketball in Turkey.

Last year Turkey joined Russia as one of the two countries to ever send representatives to the final fours of all five men’s and women’s European basketball competitions. It was a banner year for Turkish professional basketball all around, as both of Turkey’s top men’s and women’s leagues showcased unprecedented levels of competition.

In recognition of the elite status Turkey’s professional leagues have achieved on June 23 the Turkish Basketball Federation Board voted to change the name of the top men’s league to the Basketball Super League (BSL) and the name of the top women’s league to the Women’s Basketball Super League (KBSL). Additionally, both the men’s and women’s second leagues will now be known, respectively, as the Turkish Basketball 1st League (TBL) and the Turkish Women’s Basketball 1st League (TKBL).

The name change was an initiative of TBF President Harun Erdenay, who was elected to his position at a TBF Extraordinary General Assembly in May.

“The 2014–2015 season was the most exciting in Turkish Basketball history,” Erdenay said. “Both our men’s and women’s clubs presented fans with a remarkably high level of basketball, and this name change reflects a desire to take our sport to a higher level.”

The 2015 men’s season ended with Pınar Karşıyaka winning its first league championship in 28 years following a 4-1 series win over Anadolu Efes. The Izmir club’s playoff run captivated fans across Turkey and throughout Europe. In the women’s league, Galatasaray Odeabank won its second consecutive championship with a 3-1 series win over Abdullah Gül University, which was making its first finals appearance.

The 2015-2016 season also marks the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s men’s national league. The 1966-1967 season was the first time top clubs from across Turkey were brought together to compete for the national championship, with Altınordu capturing the inaugural title.

“We plan on making the 50th BSL season the best ever,” BSL League Director Samer Şenbayrak said. “Building on the significant success of last year, both in terms of on-court action and the off-court experience we want the BSL to be Europe’s undisputed best league.”

The first game of the BSL season is scheduled for October 10.

Also in this month’s newsletter:
Message from the President
Turkey Qualifies for Second Straight FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women
Turkey Wins Bronze at FIBA U19 World Championship
A Conversation with Haluk Yıldırım