Saved, Alain Bernier remains in Betclic ELITE!

For an entire city, a region and even for all the French basketball that saw one of its landmarks in danger of disappearing, this is the evening’s good news! Alain Bernier will develop well at Betclic ÉLITE next season since the Appeals Chamber of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) was convinced by the takeover project of the Eat4Good Group, represented by the former Minister of State for Sports, Thierry Briar.

“In light of the recent developments in the file and the guarantees provided regarding the continuation of the club’s operations, the Appeals Chamber has decided to amend the decision of the Supreme Board of Directors dated 11 July 2022 and give a positive opinion on the club. Commitment to the Betclic Elite Championship for the 2022/2023 season,” explains the FFBB. It also took over the National Directorate of the Council and Administrative Control of the LNB Professional Clubs which will have to move forward with approving the budget and overseeing the club’s payroll for the 2022/2023 season. »

However, Bao almost died…

Either the end of the nightmare series for Élan Béarnais, who almost disappeared due to an amazing season under the American flag. At the hands of CSG Group, based in Seattle, Pau reverted to her winning tradition but found herself financially drained, on the verge of bankruptcy. The bottom was touched two weeks ago, during a very stormy meeting between the DNCCG and the club, in which it seemed that the US owners did not understand the requirements of the financial policeman, as they did not speak a single voice with French President David. Bonnemason-Carrère did not speak with one voice. Despite the policy of abuse, David Otto recognized that he was the problem. At the last minute, he agreed to sell the club to Eat4Good, and “loses a lot of money”. As a summary of their Béarn pass in a nutshell…

However, if the CSG agrees to leave, it is not only because of the general climate of hostility towards them. This is also because they were made to understand that the new project, with the support of Mayor François Bayrou, provided all the guarantees needed to preserve Élan Béarnais in Betclic ÉLITE. Urgently, the new majority shareholder, Sebastian Maynard, a fan of the club who became a municipal councilor in Biarritz, has run a race against time. His Eat4Good company’s takeover plan received the go-ahead from the FFBB Appeals Chamber, simply allowing Élan Béarnais to survive. A fear that was largely avoidable when we recall that Project Eat4Good was the B-choice at Pau Agglomeration last year, but was deemed financially fragile in the face of Americans who were fulfilling the dream of a new era in Béarn, with a wonderful park for coding technology and climate.

Now another emergency

The discrepancy among Seattle investors would create another side victim: Aurelian, who was set on standby, and whose hope of staying at Betclic ELITE has now faded. Relegated to Pro B, with recovery looming, OLB still needs to find five players… The offseason has already passed, leaving behind morally committed players like Alain Ducossy. The DNCCG will decide whether EBPLO leaves with a supervised salary bill but the club must have an estimated budget of around €5m. The coach, Eric Particci, plus five players already under contract: Gerald Ayai, Fabio Milanes, Giovan Onyang, Vitalis Shikoko and Enzo Scharvin. EBPLO said it received the FFBB decision “with great pleasure”. “The preparations for next season will finally be able to begin and will allow the entire club to look to the future,” the club adds. A future that, given the incredibly turbulent summer and the inevitable consequences, remains very mysterious and uncertain. But at least now that future has the advantage of continuing to exist.

With Dmitriy Voytorin,

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Jul 25, 2022 at 7:08 am

For an entire city, a region and even for all the French basketball that saw one of its landmarks in danger of disappearing, this is the evening’s good news! Élan Béarnais will develop well at Betclic ÉLITE next season since the Appeals Chamber of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) was satisfied with the project to redeem …

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