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FIBA Bans Basketball Teams From Registration Of New Players

The expansion of the overseas market has been a blessing for basketball players and their agents.  With more teams, better competition, and rising salaries, overseas teams have become a nice destination for basketball players who have little to no shot of playing in the NBA.  While the salaries look good on paper, not all teams follow through with paying American players on time.  To make matters even worse, some teams are guilty of not paying certain players at all.

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, contains an Arbitral Tribunal (FAT), which is a service for the resolution of disputes between players, agents and clubs through arbitration.  All agents should include the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal Arbitration Clause in their players’ contracts with foreign clubs.  Inclusion of the clause requires teams to be bound by FAT and honor FAT awards.  Teams that do not honor FAT awards should be avoided at all costs.

FIBA recently sent an email to its registered agents, providing a list of clubs who are currently banned by FIBA from registration of new players based on ignoring FAT awards.

91 . KK Cibona Croatia
10 & 66 Olimpias Patras Greece
70 Olympia Larisas BC Greece
92 Mizo Pecs Hungary
6 Napoli Italy
13 Fortitudo Bologna Italy
79 ASD Napoli Basket Vobero Italy
113 Lotos Gdynia Poland
96 Elba Timisoara Romania
19 /27 /47 / 52 BC Ural Great Russia
63 Vojvodina Serbia
100 KK Crvena Zvezda Serbia

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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