History

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2017

The Super 8: Inaugural five-day tournament featured top teams from China, Japan, Korea and
Chinese Taipei.

  • EASL’s first tournament in September 2017, then called the Asia League, was The Super 8: Macau Basketball Invitational. It consisted of eight teams and took place at the Studio City Event Centre in Macao. The teams taking part were the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Shenzhen Aviators (formerly Shenzhen Leopards), Goyang Orions, Seoul Samsung Thunders, Fubon Braves, Pauian Archiland, Chiba Jets and Ryukyu Golden Kings. The inaugural tournament was won by the Chiba Jets of the B. LEAGUE, with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions finishing second, and the Goyang Orions third. The event attracted 20 million views worldwide.
  • The Super 8 was the first-time top teams from China, Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei have ever come together to battle in a FIBA-recognized event. The event was filled with action from start to finish, including a backboard break, which made top news on ESPN, Al-Jazeera and other networks. The event also hosted a reception with top stakeholders from the representative teams and leagues, including top government officials from Macao SAR, including the China Liaison Office and Sports Bureau of Macao.

2017
2017

2018

Summer Super 8: Developmental tournament that saw 16 games held over the course of six
days. Teams from China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines took part.

The Tournament

  • In 2018, the Super 8 tournament expanded into The Terrific 12, and was organized in collaboration with and supported by the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR government and hosted at the Studio City Event Centre.
  • The competing teams were the Shandong Heroes (formerly Shandong Golden Stars), Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus, Seoul Samsung Thunders, Fubon Braves, Yulon Luxgen Dinos, Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, Ryukyu Golden Kings and Chiba Jets. The Kings took first place beating the defending champion Lions, with the Samsung Thunders finishing third.
  • The 34 games from the two events in 2018 attracted more than 60 million viewers worldwide.

Asia League Fest

  • As part of The Terrific 12, an evening concert dubbed “Asia League Fest” was held during the rest day in-between the Semi-Finals. The concert featured some of the best musical artists from Greater China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines such as MC Jin, James Reid, Jess Connelly, Minzy, Julia Wu, Motherbasss, Blacklist Music and Soler.
2018
2018

2019

The Terrific 12; continuing to build on the success of the 2018 version with top teams from
China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

The Tournament
  • In 2019, East Asia Super League hosted The Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-Sports Pavilion in Macao between September 17 and 22. The competing teams were the Liaoning Flying Leopards, Shenzhen Aviators, Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Chiba Jets, Niigata Albirex BB, Ryukyu Golden Kings, Utsonomiya BREX, Jeonju KCC Egis, Seoul SK Knights, Blackwater Elite, TNT KaTropa and San Miguel Beermen. The tournament featured the EASL debut of former NBA player and CBA import Lance
    Stephenson, who was named Finals MVP for his 34-point performance as the Flying Leopards beat the SK Knights in a thrilling 83-82 finish.
  • Enhanced promotion, coverage and engagements with top teams increased total viewership to more than 117 million.

The Clinic: Inspiring the next generation
  • During the rest day in-between Group Stage and the Semi-Finals some of the best players from around the region visited local schools in Macao coordinated by EASL. Local kids got the chance to meet and play against some of their favorite professionals in friendly games and learn from them in drills.

2019
2019

2020

Transformational Growth: FIBA, Domestic league partnerships and EASL original content.

  • As the hub of basketball news in Asia, EASL produces unique original content focusing on some of the region’s best players, taking fans behind the scenes and providing in-depth looks at the biggest stories surrounding the game. EASL original content is a huge pillar of our brand building efforts. We’ve positioned ourselves as the leading storyteller for star players around the region to give fans an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.
  • Since June 2020, EASL has produced shows such as EASL BALLERIFIC, EASL Full-Court Press, EASL CAM, EASL All-Access and EASL Fresh.
  • The shows feature the likes of CBA Finals MVP Sonny Weems, PBA icon Jarred Dillinger, B.LEAGUE’s reigning most impressive player, Ryo Tawatari and many more.
2020
2020

2021

EASL announced inaugural pan-regional competition across four Asia markets.

  • On December 1, 2021, EASL announced the qualification system and key schedule dates, as well as multi-year partnerships with Asia's top basketball leagues for the pan-regional, home-and-away league format, which tips off in October 2022.
2021
2021

2022

Season Tips off on October 12.

  • EASL Season 1 tips off on October 12 with eight teams split into two groups of four.
  • The Champion and Runner-up from Japan B.LEAGUE, Korea KBL, Philippines PBA, Champion of Chinese Taipei P. LEAGUE+ and Bay Area Dragons will be Greater China representatives.
2022
2022

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