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LNB Pro A History
Let’s take a few moments to focus on the history of the LNB Pro A as this enables us to develop a better understanding and to build knowledge of the historical events, giving us a much greater appreciation for current LNB Pro A events today.
The LNB Pro A is the top basketball league in France (its proper name is Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro A) and was formed in 1921. The LNB Pro A is commonly known as Pro A and for sponsorship reasons named the Jeep Elite. The bottom two placed teams from each season are relegated to the second tier level Pro B. The winner of the play-offs of the Pro A is crowned the French national champion.
ASVEL has won the most French basketball championships with 19 and the club’s president and majority owner is San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker. (Notable: Parker started his professional career as a 17-year-old for Paris Racing Club in 1999. He played there for two seasons before being drafted by the Spurs with the 28th pick in 2001.)
Regular-season schedule for the LNB Pro A: The usual schedule is September to June.
Number of teams in the season: 18 teams.
Defending champion (2018-19 season): LDLC ASVEL (19th title)
Runners-up (2018-19 season): Monaco.
The 2019–20 Pro A season being cancelled
The 2019–20 Pro A season, was the 98th season of the Pro A and it was the third season with Jeep as main sponsor. The season started on 21 September 2019 and on 31 March 2020, the league was suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 27 May 2020, the league was declared void and cancelled since there is no longer a scenario for the potential resumption of the season in September. No champion was named for the first time in the history of the league.
The LNB is making its plans for the upcoming season 2020-2021 season
The LNB has sent to the clubs of the two French professional leagues Jeep Elite (first division) and Pro B (second division) a document that includes several proposals that have to do with the format, number of teams and other details regarding the 2020-2021 season.
Per L’Equipe, the LNB proposed a couple of resolution options for the upcoming season. The LNB general assembly met on May 27 and decided whether the 2020-2021 season will feature 18 or 20 teams and even the possibility of playing all or a part of the games behind closed doors. Regarding the number of teams, LNB has considered several frames in which teams will be or not be promoted/relegated between the two major divisions. These plans will determine the ultimate number of teams that the leagues will feature.
At the end of the regular season 2020-2021, there will be two descents and two climbs between Jeep Elite and Pro B. The format in place since 2014 with twice 18 clubs will therefore be extended for at least two seasons, while the elite was to be reduced to 16 clubs, with three descents and a single climb of Pro B, At the end of the season 2019-2020. The white season was privileged by a majority relative to the costs of the three other forms of competitions subject to votes : the move to twenty clubs, with two promotions of Pro B clubs, the maintenance twice 18 clubs with descents and climbs and the fusion of the seasons 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
The LNB general assembly takes important decisions for 2020-2021 season
On Friday 27 September the LNB general assembly took some important decisions for the 2020-2021 season, for Jeep ELITE as well as Pro B.
- The playoff quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played in a best-of-5 format.
- The number 16 team at the end of the season will be relegated to Pro B
- The number 15 team at the end of the season will participate in the 'Barrages'
- The 2020-2021 champion will be automatically promoted to the Jeep ELITE
- The teams ranked 2-7 at the end of the regular season and the Pro B Leaders Cup winner (or the 8th placed team at the end of the regular season) will qualify for 'les Barrages'
- The team that wins 'les Barrages' will move up to/ stay in jeep ELITE.