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06-24-2012, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by croAVSfan View Post
EBEL is closed league. There is no classic promotion-relegation system like in Sweden. If you want to join EBEL you have to have some conditions to justify, particularly that you gonna have budget deep enough to ice competetive team. Slovenian club Jesenice were ejected from EBEL (with possibility of return) because they are in deep financial ***** and when they fix it they can return to EBEL. Jesenice were first non-austrian team to join the league. So, EBEL is closed league
Conditions are in place in many open leagues. In Football for example, the German Bundesliga, the Austrian League and many others have financial guidelines that clubs need to fulfill. If a club fails to meed the guidelines, it can loses its accreditation. Still they're not closed leagues. Same with EBEL.

There is a promotion system in the EBEL: The champion of the austrian second tier is qualified for promotion. Not so in closed leagues like the NHL or KHL.

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