Zalgiris criticizes the losses of Madrid and Barça: “We’re not going anywhere”

The 2022-23 Euroleague kicked off last week. It will be the fourth with 18 teams and the seventh with a all against all in a regular phase in which the top eight will compete in a best five match elimination round for their access to the Final Four for the title.

And one more season Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the big favorites to win the continental crown. Anadolu Efes, Armani Milan and Fenerbahçe are also candidates in the first complete edition without Russian clubs due to the invasion of Ukraine.

They all have one thing in common: big budgets. An economic potential that has dragged other teams such as Maccabi Tel Aviv, for example, which will present one for this course of about 25.7 million euros, 39% more than last year, when they reached the quarterfinals after seven years of absence.

An economic waste that does not always give benefits. It is the case of white Y azulgranaswhich presented losses of 31 (102 in the last four years) and 30 million euros (115), respectively, last season.

An accounting problem that does not seem to affect them because of football. The Catalans, for example, will have a budget of 37 million euros and six signings, some of a high level such as Tomas Satoransky, Nikola Kalinic and Jan Vesely. Madrid is not far behind with the arrivals of Sergio Rodríguez, Dzanan Musa, Mario Hezonja, Petr Cornelié and the most possible of Facundo Campazzo. Almost nothing.

Motiejunas: “This is how we end up hurting ourselves”

This economic scenario gives everything a little the same has begun to raise blisters in some of his rivals in the highest continental competition. And for sample, the words of the general manager of Zalgiris Kaunas, Paulius Motiejunaswho presented his club’s budget, 11.3 million, for this season after having 0.5 million losses last time, when they were bottom players with a balance of 8-20.

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We see the losses of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and they are not going to take us anywhere. We have to think about how to reduce spending,” he said (via Basket News). “So we end up hurting each other and raising prices. The capabilities have definitely increased and it’s getting harder and harder to get into the Top-8.

Ostoja Mijailovic, president of Partizan, also lamented the economic differences between Euroleague clubs. “Our budget is three times smaller than others’,” he told a news conference. “The public doesn’t know how club basketball works. Basketball is a beautiful but unprofitable sport. When you look at football and the Champions League as the main instance, you have 10 million in prize money there. Football clubs have more chances to make money”, he concluded.

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