The battle between the two Lithuanian powerhouses will be even more intense this season. It will also be extended off the court. Recently Zalgiris decided not to grant press accreditations to the journalists of Lietuvos Rytas newspaper and its website.
In addition to that the players and coaches of Zalgiris will not be allowed to respond to the questions by the journalists of Lietuvos Rytas. The official reason behind such decision was revealed by Zalgiris spokesman who told to Krepsinis.net that Lietuvos Rytas is not giving objective information about Zalgiris.
It is worth mentioning that Vladimir Romanov, the owner of Zalgiris, also owns a Lithuanian sports channel Sport 1. The news reports in Sport 1 that involve Lietuvos Rytas basketball club are usually strongly biased.