VTB United League (Russian: Единая Лига ВТБ) is an international professional men's basketball league that was founded in 2008. Since 2013, it is the first tier of Russian professional club basketball, as well as the national domestic league of Russia. Therefore, the highest placed Russian team in the league is also named Russian national champions. Its goal is to unite the leading basketball clubs of Eastern Europe and Northern Europe together into one league. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.
VTB United League averaged 1,662 spectators in the 2015–16 season, down from 2,036 in the 2014–15 season. The first step in the creation of the league was a competition named the VTB United League Promo-Cup held in Moscow in December, 2008. The final of the Promo-Cup was played on December 22, 2008, and was won by CSKA Moscow, who defeated Khimki 70–66. Kyiv ended third.
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