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Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

The tribunal was established by FIBA in 2006 under the name “FIBA Arbitral Tribunal (FAT)”. In accordance with the 2010 FIBA General Statutes, the tribunal was renamed into “Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)” and is an organization officially recognized by FIBA.
The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal provides services for the resolution of disputes between players, agents and clubs through arbitration. Please find below the main features of the BAT:

  • True Arbitration under Swiss Law (seat of each arbitration is Geneva),
  • Single Arbitrator appointed by the BAT President,
  • Simple procedure,
  • English language only,
  • Hearing and hearing of witnesses upon application only,
  • Provisional and conservatory measures available,
  • Arbitrator decides ex-aequo et bono, i.e. on the basis of general considerations of justice and fairness without reference to any particular national or international law,
  • Decision within six weeks of end of proceedings.

Failure to honour a BAT Award may entail sanctions by FIBA such as, as the case may be, a monetary fine, the withdrawal of a FIBA Agent's License, a ban on international transfers of players or a ban on registration of new players, as provided in the FIBA Internal Regulations.

For questions and further information please email the BAT Secretariat or visit the BAT Frequently Asked Questions page.

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