Friday, May 29, 2009

Virtus Bologna is out, owner wants to sell

On Thursday night, Benetton Treviso defeated Virtus Bologna 78-72, advancing to the Serie A Semifinals, in which will meet the almost unbeatable Montepaschi Siena. The loss suffered by the top Bologna team will prevent the club to play in Euroleague next season, and this triggered a true earthquake: Claudio Sabatini , the Team Owner, stated to media that the team is on sale. 

His first moves were to not renew the contracts of GM Andrea Luchi and coach Matteo Boniciolli, who are now both free agents, and to not extend the agreement with Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80). Another player who won' t be anymore with Virtus is NBAer Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan), who disappointed Sabatini in last playoff games. The only arrive is the one of Massimo Faraoni , who will serve as the new General Manager of the team, running all the market operations starting from next week. As you can see, an immediate, true budget reduction process has started, as will become common very soon in all Italian basketball.   

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