ASVEL Basket

ASVEL Basket, commonly known as ASVEL or sometimes as ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, and also known as LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a French professional basketball team that is located in the city of Villeurbanne, which is a suburb of Lyon, France. The club, which is the basketball section of the ASVEL multi-sports club, competes in the top-tier levelFrench Pro A League. The club’s home games are played at L’Astroballe, which seats 5,556 people.[2]

French professional basketball team
Leagues LNB Pro A
Founded 1948; 73 years ago (1948)
Arena Astroballe
Capacity 5,556
Location Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
Main sponsor Team LDLC
President Tony Parker
Head coach T. J. Parker
Ownership Tony Parker
Championships 20French Championships
10French Cups
2French Supercups
1French Federation Cup
1French Leaders Cup
Retired numbers 2 (4, 4)

In 2014, Tony Parker became the president of the club. In 2017, Nicolas Batum became the club’s director of basketball operations. In June 2019, football club Olympique Lyonnais purchased a 25% stake in the ASVEL men’s team, plus a 10% stake in the ASVEL women’s team, in a deal worth around €3.7 million.[3] The deal also included a plan for a new EuroLeague-standard arena.[4]

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The parent club was founded in 1948, with the merger of two multi-sport clubs in Lyon and vicinity; ASVEL is an acronym combining the names of the predecessor clubs—Association Sportive Villeurbanne and Éveil Lyonnais. In its history, ASVEL has won 18 French Pro A League championships, 8 French Cups, two French Supercups, one French Federation Cup, and one Semaine des As Cup (French Pro A Leaders Cup), which makes it the most titled basketball club in France.

In 2014, former San Antonio Spurs star, and former senior French national team player, Tony Parker, became the club’s president. In the French Pro A League 2015–16 season, ASVEL won its 18th French League title, after beating Strasbourg IG 3 games to 2 in the French Pro A League Finals. ASVEL was down 2–0 in the series, but won three games in a row to take the championship.[5]

In March 2017, NBA player, Nicolas Batum, became a shareholder in Infinity Nine Sports, the main investment company behind the club, and took over the position as director of basketball operations. Tony Parker remained majority owner, and ASVEL President.[6] In 2018, the club signed a 10 year name sponsorship agreement with LDLC. The club also changed its main team colors from the original white and green to white and black, and changed its main logo design.[7]

Interior view of L’Astroballe in 2017

L’Astroballe, with a seating capacity of 5,556 has been used as the long-time home arena of ASVEL. In July 2016, ASVEL announced that it would build a new multi-functional arena, with a seating capacity of 10,500 spectators.[8] The arena is projected to cost €60 million.[9]

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