East Asia Super League to begin with Champions Week in Japan

HONG KONG (AP) — The World Cup venue in Okinawa will have a preview tournament run in March when the East Asia Super League tips off for Season 1 with its inaugural Champions Week in Japan. EASL organizers say all eight qualified teams will contest Champions Week from March 1-5. The championship match and the third-place playoff will be hosted by the Ryukyu Golden Kings at the stadium that will host games during the basketball World Cup starting Aug. 25 next year. A total of 10 games will be played in Champions Week, with Japan’s domestic league champion Utsunomiya Brex hosting the first six in the group stage and Ryukyu Golden Kings hosting two group games and the playoffs.

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