The German Basketball League (BBL) is the top professional basketball league in Germany. It is also known as the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga due to its sponsorship by the German financial services company easyCredit. The BBL features teams from various cities across Germany and is widely regarded as one of the most competitive and prestigious basketball leagues in Europe.
The BBL was founded in 1966 and currently consists of 18 teams that compete in a round-robin format during the regular season, followed by playoffs to determine the league champion. The regular season typically runs from October to May, with playoffs taking place in May and June.
The BBL features a mix of German and international players, and many teams have a strong fan base and dedicated fan culture. Several former and current NBA players have also played in the BBL during their careers. The league is known for its high level of competition, with teams vying for the championship title and qualification for European competitions such as the Basketball Champions League and the EuroCup.
The BBL is governed by the German Basketball Federation (DBB) and has partnerships with other European basketball leagues through the Union of European Basketball Leagues (ULEB). The league is broadcasted on television and online, with games being aired both domestically and internationally, showcasing the talent and excitement of German basketball.