The ax fell. Elan Béarnais is definitively relegated to National. The DNCCG, the financial policeman of French basketball, has just announced the bad news. “The Superior Management Council […] decided to confirm its decision to refuse the commitment of the club ELAN BEARNAIS PAU LACQ ORTHEZ in the French Championship of Betclic ELITE and PRO B for the season 2022-2023“Can we read in the press release sent on Monday evening. Decision linked to finances that are too uncertain and a deficit of one million euros. An appeal of this decision to the Federal Appeals Chamber is still possible. within ten days.
The CSG group transmitted a document which would have been presented this Monday to the DNCCG. You can find the list of companies to which Americans owe money. For example, it is written thatthey owe 58,200€ to SNCF Voyageurs, and in comment: “SNCF will survive”.
CSG has never paid the city of Pau
At the start of last season, the club was bought by the American group CSG. A snapping takeover, the NBA pros in Béarn; before the story turns into a nightmare. Sportingly, the season has put stars in our eyes. However, we learn that players were paid late in May. And in the process, we also discover that CSG did not pay the city of Pau for the takeover. A hole of €800,000.
On June 23, the DNCCG sanctioned the Elan and relegated it to National. A blow for all those who love the club. We could have expected a start from the American group. No reaction. The supporters had gathered on a Monday at the end of the day before a municipal council, in front of the town hall of Pau.
François Bayrou says to exchange with possible investors
According to the mayor of Pau, this new decision was predictablebut should not prevent giving up all hope. He says he is already thinking about the aftermath, while remaining very vague: “There are a number of investors who have spoken, who have come forward, but the question now is how strong is their eventual plan”.
François Bayrou also suggests that the town hall still intends to worry about the fate of the Elan Béarnais : “Of course, we are no longer part of the club, but we are sufficiently attached to Elan Béarnais and to this sporting heritage that the club represents to be ready to provide support for what can be put in place”.