Premier A Slovenian Basketball League
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The Premier A Slovenian Basketball League (Slovene: 1. Slovenska Košarkarska Liga), abbreviated as 1. SKL and known as the Liga Nova KBM due to sponsorship reasons, is the top-level professional men's basketball league in Slovenia. The league, operated by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia, consists of 10 clubs. The most successful team is Olimpija with 17 titles.
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||2. SKL|
|Domestic cup(s)||Slovenian Cup|
|International cup(s)||Basketball Champions League|
FIBA Europe Cup
|Current champions||Primorska (1st title)|
|Most championships||Olimpija (17 titles)|
|TV partners||RTV Slovenija|
|2018–19 Slovenian Basketball League|
The league was founded in 1991, shortly after Slovenia gained its independence from SFR Yugoslavia. Before the independence, the Slovenian Republic League was played as a second or third level of Yugoslav basketball. Olimpija, Ljubljana, Slovan, ŽKK Maribor, Lesonit, and Branik Maribor were the only Slovenian teams that played in the Yugoslav First Federal League.
Since 1991, the league has been named after sponsors on several occasions, giving it the following names:
- Liga Kolinska (1998–2001)
- HYPO Liga (2001–2002)
- 1. A SKL (2002–2006)
- Liga UPC Telemach (2006–2009)
- Liga Telemach (2009–2016)
- Liga Nova KBM (2017–present)
In the first phase, 10 teams compete in a home-and-away round-robin series (22 games total).
All teams advance from the regular season, to one of two postseason stages, depending on their league position.
The top eight teams from the regular season advance to the championship phase. These teams start the second phase from scratch, with no results carrying over from the regular season. Each team plays a total of 14 games in this phase; as in the regular season, a home-and-away round-robin is used.
The top four teams at the end of this stage advance to the semifinals, conducted as a best-of-three playoff. The semifinal winners advance to the best-of-five championship finals, with the winners being crowned league champion.
The bottom two teams enters a home-and-away round-robin mini-league with the first, second, third, and fourth-place teams from the second league, with the two teams finishing on top of the mini-league, taking up a place in the next year's 1. A SKL.
Titles by clubEdit
|Olimpija||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2017, 2018|
|Krka||2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|