Breaking Down The Boundaries of International Sport: NBA Announces First Game In Africa

 In the vibrant worlds of business and commerce, the development of mobile technology has done much to break down the issues once posed by international boundaries. The same cannot be said for other markets, however, where the presence of geographical barriers continues to impact on concepts such as popularity and accessibility. Take sport, for example,…

International Basketball Image Rights Contracts: How They Cost Players Tax Money And Why Players Shouldn’t Sign Them

By Charles Bennett, J.D. Image rights contracts increase players’ taxes, and teams can breach them without any liability to the player. Over the last ten or so years many European teams have begun signing players to image rights contracts in addition to the players’ salary contracts. Teams get significant tax advantages from image rights contracts…

The Unappealable BAT Arbitration Award And Its Effectiveness Under FIBA

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) awards are essentially unappealable. That, along with the Arbitrator’s ex aequo et bono power, which is already a very subjective standard based on the Arbitrator’s determination of fairness for the parties, has created an almost uninhibited decisional power for the arbitrator….

Regulation Of Sports Agents In Europe May Be Causing More Problems Than It Solves

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. A recent trend in European Union (“EU”) countries is for individual leagues to enact sports agent regulations. The regulations have caused confusion amongst agents as to their scope and applicability, and have done little to alleviate the issues they were meant to resolve. For example,…

An Introduction To The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. This article discusses the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal––its inception, purpose, and procedures. First, what is the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) and how did it get its start? The BAT was established by FIBA in 2006 under the name “FIBA Arbitral Tribunal (FAT)”. In accordance with the…

Octagon Basketball Grows Presence In Europe

Global sports and entertainment agency, Octagon, recently announced its expansion in Europe with its Basketball Division. Octagon Basketball’s European headquarters will be based in Athens, Greece. Giorgos Dimitropoulos has been named Senior Director of Octagon Basketball Europe and will be managing player representation across the continent. Before joining Octagon Basketball, Dimitropoulos co-founded FCM Basketball “It…

Landmark Sports Agency Signs International Basketball Star Dante Exum

Over the past decade, the NBA has positioned itself as an international brand and it has been extremely successful as NBA fans span the world. This season the NBA has a record 92 international players from 39 countries. That number is likely to grow with international sensation Dante Exum formally declaring for the 2014 NBA…

Follow up on NBA D-League vs. European Basketball: Why don’t more players go to Europe?

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. In this follow up article (click here to read the original article), I interviewed three professional basketball players in order to provide direct perspective on…

NBA D-League vs. European Basketball: Why don’t more players go to Europe?

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. Many current and former college basketball players all have the same goal, make it to the NBA. Many players will play in the NBA Developmental…

With Patty Mills Signed, Will Andrew Bogut Follow To The NBL?

With the NBA still no closer to a resolution over the lockout, many players are upping their interest in playing overseas.  First off, it was the fringe players who sought out deals, realizing that their playing career in the NBA would be most hurt  by the stoppage. Noting this, recently re-signed Portland Trailblazers guard Patty…