Turkish Basketball League
The Turkish Basketball League (TBL) is the top men’s professional basketball league in Turkey, which is also called Turkish Premier Basketball League (Turkish: "Türkiye 1. Basketbol Ligi"). There is also a Turkish Second Basketball League (TB2L) consisting of 2 divisions (A and B).
The first basketball game played in Turkey was at the Robert College in Istanbul in 1904. Galatasaray Lisesi formed the first basketball team in 1911. The next basketball team founded was of Fenerbahçe SK in 1913. An unofficial league was founded in 1927 in Istanbul, which lasted until the establishment of a regional official league in 1933. From 1946 on, basketball championships were organized between the leading clubs of Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.
There are 16 teams in the league and they play against each other twice in the league manner, once at their home and the other away. At the end of the season, the top 8 teams are entitled to participate at the playoff games. The two top teams of the Second League are promoted to the Premier League. The two lowest placed teams of the Premier League play, respectively, with the third and fourth ranking teams of the Second League in a one game knock-out playoff. The winning top two teams are entitled to play in the Premier League, and the losing two others are relegated into the Second League.
Beko Basketball League 2008-09 Playoffs
The 2009 Beko Basketball League Playoffs is the final phase of the 2008-09 regular season. The Beko Basketball League playoffs started on Saturday, May 14, 2009 and will run through June with the League finals.
Quarterfinal and Semifinal series are 5-match series. The teams reaches the first 3 wins is through to the next round. The team which has won both regular season matchups starts with a 1-0 lead to the series.
Final series are 7-match series and the team reaches first 4 wins is the champion of the Beko Basketball League.
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Clubs 2007/2008 Season
The league currently consists of the following member clubs (number of championship titles won):
Eczacıbaşı - 8 (1975-1976, 1976-1977, 1977-1978, 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1987-1988, 1988-1989)
İTÜ - 5 (1967-1968, 1969-1970, 1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1972-1973)
Ülkerspor - 4 (1994-1995, 1997-1998, 2000-2001, 2005-2006)
Tofaş - 2 (1998-1999, 1999-2000)
Altınordu - 1 (1966-1967 )
Muhafızgücü - 1 (1973-1974)