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Yunnan Bulls Get Season-long Suspension as CBA Down to 17 Teams

Yunnan Honghe Bulls Basketball ClubThe number of CBA teams playing in the 2009-2010 season is down to 17 as Chinese Basketball Association announced on November 27 that Yunnan Honghe Bulls club will be sidelined for an entire season for punishment over unpaid wages and debts.

“Yunnan’s poor business operation last season resulted in unpaid wages for players and coaches and a negative impact on the league,” said Zhang Xiong, director at Chinese Basketball Management Center, the governing body for Chinese basketball. “The club operation remained stagnant at Yunnan after the 2008-2009 season. According to CBA regulations, Yunnan Honghe is not qualified for the new season.”

Zhang further announced that players in contract with the Yunnan side are allowed to move freely for the new season and a decision is yet to be made as to whether the club can attend the 2010-2011 season.

Yunnan Bulls won the 2004 National Basketball League championship, the second-tier league in China, and were promoted to the top-flight CBA  for the 2004–2005 season

The 2009-2010 season of CBA will kick off on December 19 and end on April 30 in 2010. There will be no North- and South-divisions in the new season of CBA. During the regular season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 32 games as opposed to 50 matches last season.

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