Handball without spectators – not affordable for many Bundesliga clubs.
After the decision of the politicians against a quick return of spectators in the sport many top leagues are in a dilemma. In the hope that the grandstands would be filled again by the beginning of October at the latest, sports such as handball, basketball and ice hockey had pushed their plans for the coming season. The men’s handball Bundesliga (HBL) actually wants to start playing again on October 1st, and champions THW Kiel and runner-up SG Flensburg-Handewitt are scheduled to play for the Supercup in Düsseldorf on September 26th. However, the league had assumed that it would be able to plan with an audience in the halls again. Up to 50 percent of the club’s budget comes from viewer income.
“There’s a lot of excitement, of course. You are already playing with the business fundamentals of every club. You have to note that we have not been able to implement our business models since the beginning of March. That means the clubs only have expenses, no income. “ HBL managing director Frank Bohmann
Bohmann calls for a clear course in politics
Frank Bohmann reacted with consternation to the announcement that, according to the will of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the country leaders, a working group at the level of the state chancellery should not decide on the re-admission of larger audiences until the end of October. “We are still following the maxim that health is paramount,” said the HBL managing director. Nevertheless, handball also wants more binding statements and more predictability. “If we constantly get new framework conditions, then we work into emptiness. I would like to see a different communication and that we also get greater reliability.”
HBL President Schwenker: “Want to start on October 1st”
08/28/2020 10:08 am Autor / in: Koos, Thomas
The sport has to wait for full grandstands. Uwe Schwenker, President of the Handball Bundesliga, still wants the season to start on October 1st.
After the extended ban on major events, the Bundesliga may have to rethink it, said Bohmann: “I can’t yet say how we will proceed with this now. I have to consult the clubs first. But that will ruin our plans.” In principle, however, the HBL continues to rely on not being affected by the ban at the start of the season on October 1st with the help of conclusive hygiene concepts and thus enabling spectators to be admitted. “That is the agreement we had made with politicians,” said Bohmann. Long survival is not possible without fans: “If it actually happens that way, it is only possible for a very short transition period. A very short transition period means one or two games, after which the first clubs will run out of air.”
Schwenker: “Want to start on October 1st”
The German master THW Kiel and runner-up SG Flensburg-Handewitt had already pleaded for a later start to the season and a cancellation of the world championship planned for the beginning of January in Egypt, but had to accept harsh criticism. For organizational reasons alone, this is not possible, said HBL President Uwe Schwenker. “We still want to start on October 1st. Nonetheless, we will discuss the resolutions that have been made with everyone involved again in the next week.” At a later start, regular game operations are not possible.
Kiel wants to test the spectator concept
THW has decided to test its concept for a limited number of fans to return in the first half of September. In a preparatory game against HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, the home arena is to be divided into seven sectors with seven separate entrances. In this way, 999 spectators should be admitted. Only every second row and double seats with two free seats in between should be occupied. Tickets are not available for free, but only online and personalized. The audience will be equipped with FFP2 masks. The Kiel Health Department and the Ministry of Social Affairs are currently examining whether they can issue a special permit for this.
This Sunday (5 p.m.) the THW is already playing a test match with the Hungarian Champions League rival Veszprem. 4,000 spectators will be admitted there.
The planned season start of the national leagues
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