Top European Basketball Club Budgets 2008-09 Season

MoneyProfessional European basketball clubs with budgets of €20 million euros or more 2008-09 season.

The currency exchange rate of dollars into euros is 1.0:1.28 for early December 2008 and is the rate used here.

Some background on the clubs:

The national league of each club is the league that they compete in within their own country’s national domestic competition. The European league of each club is the international league that they compete in against clubs from all over Europe.

The premiere national domestic leagues in Europe are considered to be:

First Tier:
Spanish ACB League
Greek A1 League

Second Tier:
Italian A League
Russian Super League

The European-wide international leagues are ranked as follows:

First Tier: ULEB Euroleague

Second Tier: ULEB Eurocup

Third Tier: FIBA EuroChallenge

The Clubs:

Club Name: Olympiacos Piraeus

Budget: €48 million ($61.4 million)

Home City: Piraeus, Athens, Greece

National League: Greek A1 League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 2
Josh Childress, Lynn Greer

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 3
Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Giorgos Printezis, Yotam Halperin

NBA Draft Prospects On Ro ster: 1
Kostas Sloukas

Club Name: CSKA Moscow

Budget: €43 million ($55 million)

Home City: Moscow, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 4
Terence Morris, Viktor Khryapa, Trajan Langdon, Zoran Planinić

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 2
Erazem Lorbek, Sasha Kaun

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 3
Semen Shaskov, Artem Zabelin, Alexey Shved

Club Name: Khimki Moscow

Budget: €35.2 million ($45 million)

Home City: Khimki, Moscow, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: Eurocup

Former NBA Players On Roster: 6
Milt Palacio, Jerome Moiso, Carlos Delfino, Jorge Garbajosa, Kelly McCarty, Maciej Lampe

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 0

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Anton Ponkrashov

Club Name: Dynamo Moscow

Budget: €35.2 million ($45 million)

Home City: Moscow, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: Eurocup

Former NBA Players On Roster: 5
Travis Hansen, Jannero Pargo, Sergey Monya, Bostjan Nachbar, Yaroslav Korolev

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 1
Robertas Javtokas

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 0

Club Name: Panathinaikos Athens

Budget: €33 million ($42.2 million)

Home City: Athens, Greece
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National League: Greek A1 League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 4
Mike Batiste, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Antonis Fotsis, Vassilis Spanoulis

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 1
Nikola Peković

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Giorgi Shermadini

Club Name: Real Madrid

Budget: €30 million ($38.4 million)

Home City: Madrid, Spain

National League: Spanish ACB League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 2
Pepe Sánchez, Raúl López

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 3
Axel Hervelle, Louis Bullock, Venson Hamilton

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Sergio Llul

Club Name: FC Barcelona

Budget: €30 million ($38.4 million)

Home City: Barcelona, Spain

National League: Spanish ACB League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 4
Andre Barrett, Juan Carlos Navarro, Ersan Ilyasova, Daniel Santiago

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 2
David Andersen, Fran Vázquez

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Nehad Djedovic

Club Name: Triumph Lyubertsy Moscow

Budget: €23.5 million ($30 million)

Home City: Lyubertsy, Moscow, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: EuroChallenge

Former NBA Players On Roster: 3
J.R. Bremer, Alan Anderson, N enad Krstić

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 0

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 0

Club Name: Lokomotiv Rostov

Budget: €23.5 million ($30 million)

Home City: Rostov-on-Don, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: EuroChallenge

Former NBA Players On Roster: 1
Nikita Morgunov

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 1
Szymon Szewczyk

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 0

Club Name: UNICS Kazan

Budget: €23.5 million ($30 million)

Home City: Kazan, Russia

National League: Russian Super League

European League: Eurocup

Former NBA Players On Roster: 1
Marc Jackson

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 1
Vladimir Veremeenko

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 0

Club Name: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Budget: €20 million ($25.6 million)

Home City: Tel Aviv, Israel

National League: Israeli Super League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players On Roster: 3
Marcus Brown, Carlos Arroyo, Esteban Batista

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 1
Lior Eliyahu

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Omri Casspi

Club Name: TAU Cerámica

Budget: €20 million ($25.6 million)

Home City: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

National League: Spanish ACB League

European League: Euroleague

Former NBA Players=2 0On Roster: 2
Robert Hite, Igor Rakočević

Unsigned NBA Draft Picks On Roster: 3
Pete Mickeal, Stanko Barać, Tiago Splitter

NBA Draft Prospects On Roster: 1
Matías Nocedal