After a lengthy absence, part three of BallinEurope’s look at the civil war in European basketball continues with analysis of what the Champions League actually means for the sport. For past coverage check out Emmet Ryan’s features on the problems with a closed shop Euroleague and the need for a strong Eurocup FIBA wants back […]
In the second part of out longform series on the business of basketball, Emmet Ryan looks at the vital role a secondary competition such as Eurocup plays in the overall growth of basketball in Europe. Part one, on the Euroleague proposal for next season, is here Football is big and people with money know this […]
In the first of a series of pieces looking at the business and marketing of European basketball, Emmet Ryan reacts to the news that Euroleague may fully close off entry to the new 16 team competition The civil war has been ugly. The fans have been left hanging by and large. Money talks, naturally, but […]
Hopes of an upset were dashed early in Dublin but Emmet Ryan still found plenty of solace as Hibernia Basketball went down at the hands of Bakken Bears There are away fans in FIBA Europe Cup? Wow, didn’t see that coming. Bakken Bears had around 30 boisterous fans in Dublin for a game that carried […]
History will be made in Denmark today as an Irish basketball team plays in a European club competition for the first time in over 20 years. Hibernia Basketball open their journey in the FIBA Europe Cup on the road against Bakken Bears. The Irish outfit are big outsiders at 40/1 to win but they could […]
It’s been over 20 years since Ireland had a team in European club competitions. That changes on Wednesday 28 October when Hibernia Basketball, a combined team from Ireland’s top two divisions, plays in the FIBA Europe Cup. In this special edition of The Ballin After, Emmet Ryan speaks to the players about the road ahead […]
It’s been a long road back to relevance for Irish basketball, ahead of the FIBA Europe Cup next week Emmet Ryan speaks with Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O’Byrne about the sport’s resurrection in Ireland When Bernard O’Byrne took over as chief executive of Basketball Ireland in 2011, the sport was in brutal shape on […]
The first leg of the Intercontinental Cup clash between Real Madrid and Bauru took place last night with the Brazilians winning 91-90. Emmet Ryan stayed up late to watch No rest for the wicked Several of Real’s stars were playing this game just 5 nights removed from EuroBasket. With celebrations and transatlantic flights to deal […]
The Spain everyone feared finally showed up and laid waste to Lithuania in the final of EuroBasket 2015. Emmet Ryan writes about a well-timed ascendancy Pau Gasol didn’t have to do it all by himself today. That lone stand on Thursday night had roused his team mates. Once more they entered hostile territory but this […]
Rudy Gobert spoke to BallinEurope after France took bronze at EuroBasket 2015 where he discussed his performance, bouncing back after losing to Spain, and the French fans.
France didn’t get the gold but a packed arena gave their men an emotional tribute as they won bronze. Watch the amazing moment below.
Pau Gasol has brought a battered and tired crew back to the big one. Now, Emmet Ryan writes, he must raise them one final time The field of Agincourt lies just 90km or so from here. Next month on 25 October, St Crispin’s day, the 600th anniversary of one of the greatest against the odds […]