Jordi Bertomeu
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EuroLeague president and CEO Jordi Bertomeu addressed the possibility of Panathinaikos leaving the competition.

“It’s not the first time we hear it. With Panathinaikos, the best thing to do is to have patience, the capacity to make dialogue with them and make them see. But Panathinaikos also knows that they don’t have a better scenario outside the EuroLeague, but a much worse scenario. It’s a no-brainer for anyone who understands this.

And despite the fact that at some points they made an announcement of this type, it has never happened. And if it happens, if they leave, another team will come. A few years ago we had Benetton Treviso, Montepaschi Siena,” Bertomeu said in an interview with El Pais.

Partizan and Virtus Bologna are two clubs that have expressed their desire to join next season’s EuroLeague in case any of the current 18 teams exits the league.