Betclic ÉLITE Merger Project: Metropolitans 92 and Paris Basketball Consider Joining Forces

Betclic ÉLITE – Last of Betclic ÉLITE, the Metropolitans 92 do not intend to continue living alone at the end of the season. A merger project has been relaunched with neighboring Paris Basketball.

After having hesitated for a long time to leave for a tour at the end of the 2022-2023 season, before finally getting started, the Metropolitans 92 are experiencing a very difficult 2023-2024 season. In anonymity, the Boulogne-Billancourt club playing in Levallois is in last place in the Betclic ELITE, with 2 small victories in 14 matches.

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The team of Jean-Paul Besson – who succeeded Laurent Foirest – will have to win a good dozen matches over the next 20 days in order to remain sportingly in the first division. But are Pierre-Christophe Baguet’s desires to maintain themselves real? The mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt – who did not respond to our requests for telephone calls – is looking for a way out for the club that his municipality acquired indirectly via a cooperative society of collective interest (SCIC), Boulogne- Billancourt Sport Development (BBSD). This would have already been found. According to our information, contacts have been resumed with David Kahn, the president of Paris Basketball, to once again discuss a merger project. If the discussions between the American businessman and Pierre-Christophe Baguet had come to an end in the spring of 2022, this time the latter’s ambition is even more evident. The municipality of Boulogne-Billancourt no longer wants to manage Metropolitans 92 alone.

The Parisian training center in Boulogne-Billancourt

The interest for Paris Basketball in this merger project is twofold. The club wants to set up a quality training center. Although accommodation solutions were found during the summer, the structures available to Paris remain limited. Conversely, the Mets U18 and U21 have benefited from excellent facilities in Boulogne-Billancourt since 2020, even if no venue in the city has a parquet floor. Furthermore, the municipality would be ready to continue to grant a subsidy of more than 2 million euros to Paris Basketball. Finally, the Altosequan part of the club could ultimately support the professional women’s team that the capital club is currently setting up.

Does this news benefit competitors for maintaining Betclic ELITE? Not really if the Metropolitans 92 remain last in the championship. On the other hand, who says merger with Paris, says that a team will not be relegated to Pro B. Thus, to continue to have 18 clubs in the division, the National Basketball League will have to draft a relegated team, probably the 17th in the 2023-2024 regular season. An essential piece of data for the poorly ranked Pro B.

2023-12-08 09:11:43
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