Sep
29

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

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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…
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Sep
04

The Unappealable BAT Arbitration Award And Its Effectiveness Under FIBA

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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.…
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Aug
28

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

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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,…
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Aug
25

An Introduction To The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

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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…
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Jun
16

Octagon Basketball Grows Presence In Europe

Peter Carlisle

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…
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Feb
06

Landmark Sports Agency Signs International Basketball Star Dante Exum

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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…
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Aug
02

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

Larry Owens

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…
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Jul
30

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

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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…
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Sep
15

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

Andrew Bogut

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…
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Aug
30

Wilson Chandler Signs Deal In China

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On August 30, 2011, J.A. Adande of ESPN.com reported that Wilson Chandler stated he has signed a contract to play for Zhejiang Guangsha, which plays its games in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).  There are two reasons why I find Chandler’s move to the CBA and the article itself to be of importance to Sports Agent…
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