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It was formed as a replacement for the Eishockey-Bundesliga and became the new top-tier league in Germany as a result.
In the —17 season the league was the second-best supported in Europe, behind the Swiss National League A , with an average attendance of 6, spectators per game.
The Eishockey-Bundesliga was formed in as the elite hockey competition in the Federal Republic of Germany, replacing the Oberliga in this position.
It was in turn replaced by the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, which now also carries the name 1st Bundesliga in its logo.
The DEL was founded in the —95 season, consisting of teams from the Eishockey-Bundesliga's 1st and 2nd divisions. The condition of these earlier leagues had become intolerable.
Many 1st and 2nd division teams were heavily in debt. The 2nd division attracted few sponsors and spectators. As a result, many clubs were forced to fold or withdraw to the lower leagues.
Fans and corporate sponsors focused on the 1st Bundesliga teams, forcing the elite teams to invest heavily in players to avoid relegation.
This increased budgets 25 percent over the previous two years. In the final Bundesliga season, —94, only 11 teams wanted to play in the 2nd Bundesliga.
Furthermore, two teams folded during and after the season. Ice hockey's reputation in Germany was heavily tarnished.
This made it difficult to attract serious sponsorship. In January , 20 out of the remaining 21 1st and 2nd Bundesliga teams voted for creating a new entity, the DEL.
Upon founding, the "DEL Betriebsgesellschaft mbH" was the first German professional sports league managed by an organization whose members were incorporated as well.
The goal behind the DEL was to create a league, based on the model of the North American NHL , in which teams could play consistently without relegation concerns and create a stable league.
Clubs in the DEL were required to conform to rules , which were designed to ensure long-term viability. Twelve clubs from the old 1st Bundesliga , and six from the 2nd Bundesliga came together as founding members.
The new league immediately attracted corporate sponsorship with the Krombacher Brewery , which was prominently featured on the new league logo.
The hope of avoiding the troubles of the old Bundesliga by stricter financial controls did not materialize. This was controversial, as DEL's president Franz Hofherr had approved their license and certified their finances.
Hofherr was Mad Dogs former president and it was alleged that he must have known about their desperate financial situation.
The Bosman ruling , a decision of the European Court of Justice regarding the movement of labor in soccer, had profound influence on the league.
The old Bundesliga had national character with German clubs competing for the German title using mostly German players. After the ruling European Union players were excluded from the "foreign" player quota.
This lowered costs significantly, enabling smaller teams to compete more effectively. However, frequent player moves were not viewed positively by the fans, resulting in smaller attendance numbers.
The —05 season was significant due to the NHL lockout. The DEL is an independently run league, fully owned and operated by its 14 member teams.
Each team must fulfill the DEL's basic requirements to remain in the league:. The DEL can only admit one 2nd Bundesliga team per season to the league, unless the league strength falls below fourteen, in which case two clubs can be admitted.
Since the —07 season, no DEL team can be automatically relegated, a team can only lose its league status through non-compliance with the leagues regulations see above.
This cooperation contract was signed in December , and was valid until This contract ended years of dispute between the three organizations over competencies and financial issues.
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