Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)
What are the Rules?
Who is the BAT ?
How does the BAT procedure work ?
How to file a Request for Arbitration ?
How to contact the BAT ?
What is the Standard Arbitration Clause?
"Any dispute arising from or related to the present contract shall be submitted to the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) in Geneva, Switzerland and shall be resolved in accordance with the BAT Arbitration Rules by a single arbitrator appointed by the BAT President. The seat of the arbitration shall be Geneva, Switzerland. The arbitration shall be governed by Chapter 12 of the Swiss Act on Private International Law, irrespective of the parties' domicile. The language of the arbitration shall be English. The arbitrator shall decide the dispute ex aequo et bono."
What kind of disputes can be brought before BAT?
Any dispute arising in the world of basketball with regard to which the parties have signed an arbitration agreement in favour of BAT (see standard clause in 0.3 of the BAT Rules).
What do I have to do to put a BAT arbitration in motion?
File a Request for Arbitration (download Template for Request for Arbitration) as per 9.1 of the BAT Rules with FIBA or the BAT Secretariat and pay the non-reimbursable handling fee (see table in article 17.1).
The arbitration will not proceed until the fee is received in the FIBA account (17.1).
What are the costs of a BAT arbitration?
After receipt of the Request for Arbitration the BAT Secretariat will fix an advance on costs based, inter alia, on the monetary value of the dispute and the complexity of the case to be paid in equal shares by both parties (9.3). In cases with a value up to EUR 30,000 the advance on costs shall not in principle exceed EUR 5,000; in such cases the Arbitrator shall deliver an award without reasons unless a party requests a reasoned award and pays the respective advance on costs.
What if a party fails to pay its share of the costs?
If one of the parties fails to pay its share of the advance on costs, the other party may substitute for it so that the arbitration can proceed (9.3).
Who will decide the dispute?
A single arbitrator appointed by the BAT President (8.1). The profiles of the BAT arbitrators can be found under "Basketball Arbitral Tribunal Composition (BAT President and BAT Arbitrators)".
How do the parties submit their motions?
In general, the arbitration procedure will be conducted in writing. Hearings will be held only upon request (13.1).
How long does a BAT arbitration take?
The Award will be delivered in principle within six weeks after completion of the arbitral proceedings (16.3).
How are BAT awards enforced?
BAT awards are enforceable like any other arbitral award; in most countries the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards will apply here.
BAT is unable to assist in the enforcement.
Parties failing to honour a final BAT award may be sanctioned by FIBA (cf. Article 3-300 of the FIBA Internal Regulations). Parties seeking FIBA's action must file a request for enforcement with FIBA.
What do I have to provide under "Request for Relief"?
The Request for Relief shall contain a detailed analysis of all the amounts claimed (salaries, bonuses, compensation, interest, reimbursement of legal and other costs etc) and/or any other Claimant's request from the Tribunal.
In accordance with article 3-335 of the FIBA internal Regulations, the following clubs, players, agents and coaches have been sanctioned by FIBA for their failure to honour an award of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal:
Clubs banned from registration of new players:
Country Club Name Men/Women Date of (first) sanction # of bans in place Angola Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo Men 22 November 2016 1 ban in place Brazil Unitri Universo Uberlandia BC Men 2 Nov. 2011 1 ban in place Cyprus Achilleas Kaimakliou Basketball Club Men 23 Jun. 2011 1 ban in place Cyprus Proteas AEL Limassol BC Men 18 Dec. 2018 2 bans in place Estonia MTÜ BC Rakvere Tarvas Men 7 Dec. 2016 1 ban in place FYROM KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje Men 11 May 2018 1 ban in place Greece AC Ippokratis Kos Women 24 Feb. 2016 1 ban in place Greece BC Athlitikos Omilos Paleo Faliro Women 7 Dec. 2012 1 ban in place Greece Maroussi B.C. Men 4 Nov. 2011 1 ban in place Greece Olympia Larisa BC Men 4 Nov. 2010 1 ban in place Greece AEP Olimpias Patron Men 18 May 2010 2 bans in place Greece Aris Men 22 Jan 2018 7 bans in place Greece Koroivos BC Men 20 Feb 2019 1 ban in place Hungary Szeviep-Szeged Kosarlabda Sport Kft. Women 17 May 2011 1 ban in place Iran Mahan Sepahan Club Men 3 Nov. 2014 2 bans in place Iran Esfahan Zobahan Cultural and Sports Club Men 10 Oct. 2014 1 ban in place Iran Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour Basketball Club Men 23 Jan. 2013 1 ban in place Iran Shardary Tabriz Basketball Team Men 14 March 2018 1 ban in place Iraq Nadi Naft Al-Janoob (South Oil Sports Club) Men 6 December 2018 1 ban in place Israel Elitzur Ashkelon Men 24 Feb. 2016 1 ban in place Israel Elitzur Ramla BC Women 23 April 2015 5 bans in place Italy La Spezia Srlssd (A.S. Virtus Basket Spezia) Men 06 April 2016 1 ban in place Italy Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino Men 21 December 2018 1 ban in place Italy S.S. Sutor Srl Men 4 June 2014 4 bans in place Italy ASD Napoli Basket Vomero Women 31 Jan. 2011 1 ban in place Italy S.S. Basket Napoli s.r.l Men 4 Dec. 2008 1 ban in place Italy Dike Basketball Napoli SSD ARL Women 13 Nov 2018 1 ban in place Italy Azzurro Basket Napoli 2013 SSADRL Men 12 Nov. 2014 1 ban in place Italy Basket Juvecaserta s.r.l. Men 8 June 2018 1 ban in place Lebanon Club Sportif Sagesse Beirut Men 6 Dec 2017 2 bans in place Lebanon Tadamon Zouk Club Men 9 March 2018 1 ban in place Lebanon Ettihad Club Mayrouba Men 25 May 2018 2 bans in place Morocco Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima Men 11 May 2018 1 ban in place Mexico Halcones de Xalapa A.C. Men 27 Feb. 2015 2 bans in place Poland Słupskie Towarzystwo Koszykówki Sportowa Men 12 Jan 2018 1 ban in place Poland Koszykarski Klub Sportowy Turow Zgorzelec S.A. Men 2 Nov 2018 1 ban in place Puerto Rico Guaynabo Mets Basketball Club Inc Men 02 Feb. 2016 1 ban in place Romania CSM Targoviste Women 17 April 2014 2 bans in place Romania CS Nova Vita Targu Mures Women 07 July 2016 1 ban in place Romania Basketball Club CS Otopeni Men 31 Oct. 2011 1 ban in place Romania BCM Elba Timisoara Clubul Sportiv Elba/ Asociatia Baschet Club Timisoara / Sport Club Municipal Timisoara Men 15 Nov 2018 2 bans in place Russia BC Krasny Octyabr Men 07 July 2016 2 bans in place Russia BC Krasnye Krylya Samara Men 2 June 2015 3 bans in place Russia Ural Great Professional Basketball Club Men 10 Oct. 2009 4 bans in place Serbia KK Radnicki Kragujevac Men 4 March 2014 3 bans in place Serbia KK Vojvodina Srbijagas Men 31 May 2010 1 ban in place Spain Club Baloncesto Conquero Women 03 Oct 2016 1 ban in place Spain Club Baloncesto Valladolid SAD Men 9 Apr. 2014 1 ban in place Spain Club C.B. Club Atapuerca Men 31 Oct. 2011 1 ban in place Spain Club Baloncesto Granada SAD Men 19 Jul. 2011 2 bans in place Spain Basketball Club Menorca Basquet SAD Men 31 Mar. 2011 1 ban in place Tunisia Club Africain of Tunisia Men 5 December 1 ban in place Turkey Adana Aski Women 3 April 2018 4 bans in place Turkey Galatasaray Men 6 Nov 2018 4 bans in place Turkey Besiktas Basketbol Men 1 November 2018 7 bans in place Turkey Besiktas Basketbol Women 9 Nov 2018 1 ban in place Turkey Torku Konyaspor Basketbol Kulübü Men 23 Feb. 2016 3 bans in place Turkey Selcuk Universitesi Sport Kulübü Men 17 April 2015 1 ban in place Turkey Sakarya Büyüksehir Belediye Basketbol Spor Kulübü Men 28 Jan 2019 1 ban in place Turkey BC Aliaga Petkim Men 30 Aug. 2014 2 bans in place Turkey Antalya Buyuksehir Spor Kulübü Dernegi Men 4 Oct. 2010 2 bans in place Turkey Samsun Basketbol Kulübü Women 11 Feb. 2013 3 bans in place Turkey
Best Balikesir Basketball Kulübü
Men 26 July 2017 1 ban in place Turkey
Trabzonspor Basketball Kulübü Dernegi
Men 12 Dec. 2017 13 bans in place Turkey
Mugla Ormanspor Kulübü
Men 30 Jan 2018 1 ban in place Turkey
Eskisehir Basket Spor
Men 30 Jan 2018 2 bans in place Turkey
Edirne Bld Edirnespor
Women 28 Feb 2018 1 ban in place Turkey
Usak Sportif SK
Men 23 April 2018 1 ban in place Turkey
Yesilgiresun Belediye SK
Men 25 May 2018 4 bans in place Ukraine BC Kryvbasbasket Men 16 May 2014 2 bans in place Ukraine BC Dnipro Azot Men 12 Nov. 2014 1 ban in place Ukraine Azovmash Mariupol Basketball Club Men 29 March 2017 1 ban in place Ukraine Budivelnyk Men 28 Sept 2017 7 bans in place Venezuela Club Marinos de Anzoátegui BBC Men 17 August 2017 2 bans in place Venezuela AC Bucaneros De La Guaira BC Men 24 July 2018 1 ban in place
Clubs banned from participation in international club competitions:
Country Club Men/ Women Date of Ban # of bans in place Ukrain Budivelnyk Men 07.05.2018 5
Players banned from international transfer:
Country Player's Name Men/Women USA Lee A. BENSON Men USA Adrian Glenn ABRAMS Men USA Erlana Larkins Woman USA Mr. Donell Cooper II Men USA / NIG Michael James Efevberha Men USA Ian Miller Men