Professional Basketball League (PBL)
FormerlyRussian Super League 1
Inaugural season2010–11
No. of teams10
CountryRussia Russia
ContinentFIBA Europe (Europe)
Most titlesCSKA Moscow
(3 titles)
Level on pyramid1
VTB United League
Russian Super League 1
Russian Cup

The Professional Basketball League (Russian: Профессиональная баскетбольная лига (ПБЛ), Professionalʼnaya basketbolʼnaya liga), often abbreviated to the PBL, was the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Russia, and the successor to the Russian Super League 1, which is now the second-tier division of the Russian basketball league system.

The PBL was the second version of the Russian Professional Basketball Championship.


Established in 2010, the league contained 10 teams in its inaugural 2010–11 season. 9 of those teams participated in the 2009–10 season of Russian Super League 1, and the 10th team was Nizhny Novgorod. The inaugural 2010–11 season started on October 9, 2010, with a match between Dynamo Moscow and CSKA Moscow, on Dynamo's home court, the Krylatskoye Sports Palace. CSKA won by a score of 81 to 63.

The 2011–12 season featured 10 teams, like the inaugural season, however, Dynamo Moscow was replaced with the 2011 Russian Super League 1 champions Spartak Primorye.

Merging with VTB United League

In May 2012, all the PBL clubs gathered to decide which format would be used for the next season, and some club's directors raised the possibility of merging with the VTB United League, to produce greater competition between the Russian basketball clubs. They suggested that the new league would be named the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.[1][2][3]

In July 2012, the Council of VTB United League gave a definitive decision. It was decided that the PBL league would continue for one more year, with some of the games of the VTB United League that took place between two Russian clubs being counted as PBL games.[4] The first tier Russian clubs then replaced the PBL with the VTB United League as their new national domestic league, starting with the 2013–14 season.


Season Champions
CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow

Awards winners

Main article: Russian Professional Basketball League Awards

Most Valuable Player

Playoffs MVP

Russian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions

Main article: Russian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions

See also


  1. ^ 20 clubs will play in VTB United League championship in seasone-2012/13 Archived 2012-06-09 at the Wayback Machine,, May 20, 2012
  2. ^ "PBL looks to a better future". ULEB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  3. ^ Triumph applied an application to participate in the new season of VTB United League Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, may 20, 2012,
  4. ^ BEKO PBL Press service. "BEKO PBL Board suggests scheme of 2012/2013 season". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ Maciej Lampe - the MVP of the BEKO PBL Regular season.
  6. ^ Davon Jefferson – MVP of the regular season.
  7. ^ Viktor Khryapa Gets Play-Offs MVP Award.
  8. ^ Wolves Sign Free Agent Alexey Shved.