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Lebanese Basketball League

For current year competition, see 2014–15 Lebanese Basketball League
Pepsi Lebanese Basketball Championship (FLB)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014–15 FLB season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1994 (New Format)
CEO Walid Nassar
Claim to fame "The pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in the West Asia"
No. of teams 10
Country  Lebanon
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent champion(s) Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Most titles Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
TV partner(s) LBCI
Official website flbb.com

The Lebanese Basketball League or FLB League is the top Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB).

As per January 11, 2015, The Men Division A made up of 8 teams is named PEPSI FLB League due to sponsorship reasons.

History

The initial Lebanese basketball league was formed in as early as the 1950s and was stopped during the civil war. After the war ended, in 1994 the league was totally reformed in a new fully professional format that is being since the foundation of the league today.

Overview

The league itself is most known in Asia due to the success of the Lebanese teams in the Asian competitions such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, Arab Club Championship, and West Asian Basketball League. Many undrafted and free agent players from Europe and the NBA play in the Lebanese league.

The league is the first division in Lebanese basketball: the team that finishes last in a season is relegated to the Division 2, while the Second Division's top 4 teams compete in a play-off system right after the end of the regular season, with the team that reaches the finals series being promoted to the Lebanese League for the following season.

The Competition

There are 10 teams in the league and they play against each other twice in the league, once at their home and the other away. At the end of those two rounds, the final 8 teams enter to the playoffs they play three games series. The winners of the Quarterfinals advance to the best of four game series Semifinals. The two teams that advance play best of four games in the Final to determine the league champion. The season starts in December and ends in May

FLB League (Since 1997)

Season Champion Runner-up
1996–1997 Al Riyadi
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