Apparently there are plans to merge BeNeLeague with the German Regionalliga West (4th tier): Article in German. The article talks about 8 to 10 teams from BeNeLeague and six from NRW state. There are also rumours to allow Teams from BeNe to promote to Oberliga Nord (3rd tier), where Tilburg Trappers are already playing. Tilburg won Oberliga three seasons in a row, but cannot be promoted to DEL2.