EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu stated that it is very likely Virtus Bologna will return to the EuroLeague in the short-term future.
Bertomeu also referred to what the Italians should do to acquire a long-term license. Here is what the experienced executive said during a press conference in Milano, per EuroLeague.net:
“There is a very clear possibility (about Virtus playing in the EuroLeague in the short-term future); by winning the EuroCup and then having a good performance in the EuroLeague to stay, a new rule approved last summer.
A different thing is the chance to get a long-term license. This will be linked to an improvement of the club infrastructure; I think they have already announced a project in this sense.
When I talked before about Russia, or Virtus and Valencia, it is because they are two clubs with tradition, a project for the future, they are stable, they have the ambition to play at the top level and it is absolutely necessary to have an infrastructure that will help them to improve their business and make it sustainable.
To be clear, we need to differentiate between the two possibilities, one clear and depending on them, and the other one – to obtain a long-term license – I don’t think Virtus has the possibility to have this in the next two or three years because they don’t have the arena.
But, once they have it, they will certainly be candidate.”