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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  10 responses

Euroleague CEO: No Temporary Deals for NBA Players


According to Jordi Bertomeu, head guy for the Euroleague, his teams aren’t interested in renting out NBA stars while they wait for the lockout to end. From SI: “Our clubs need to have stable rosters,’ Bertomeu said via a translator. ‘They need to know how long they will be able to employ the player. No team will sign a player for only two or three months, or for an uncertain period of time. This is our forecast.’ The Euroleague is the world’s No. 2 basketball competition, offering salaries that are second only to those paid by the NBA. Reigning champion Panathinaikos of Athens and other legendary Euroleague clubs — including Maccabi Tel Aviv, Real Madrid, Montepaschi Siena of Italy, CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona — would have provided the most competitive environment for NBA players to recoup some of the money they will lose should the lockout result in a shortened or canceled season. But Euroleague clubs are wary of investing in NBA talent because of a recent ruling by FIBA, the Swiss-based international governing authority for basketball that enables players to return to North America and fulfill their existing contracts should the NBA resume play midseason. ‘When FIBA decided to say that the transfer [of NBA players] will be valid only until the lockout will be over, it was strange,’ Bertomeu said. ‘Never in the FIBA history has there been any condition like this. This is very strange.’”

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  • tomtom

    WOW muchas mistako por favor! haha you finally have a chance to up the profile (not to mention the standard) of euroball and you want to shiitt all over it!?? Completely crazy. Britball will be next.

  • Allenp

    I wonder if this will apply to players like Gasol and Dirk.

  • Tami

    I think he’s right. You are not raising the profile of European basketball by signing NBA players and giving an “out clasue.” You are setting yourself up as the European D-League. I would rather see teams with “lesser” talent develop for a season than see bigger names come for three months and then leave teams in shambles

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I don’t thinks its unreasonable for them to sign a player and expect them to play the whole season, but i think it should be the teams discretion, not up to the league commissioner.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Co-sign Tami.

  • seriousblack

    FIBA and the NBA need to be investigated. This article provides limited details of the situation, but it’s a little more than a coincidence that FIBA’s little opt-out rule came after that meeting with Stern in NY. I’m sure it had been discussed even before then since everyone knew this lockout was coming for nearly two years. Euroleague had been asking FIBA what they would rule in case of a lockout for a while now. Euroleague and the union need make noise when all the dust settles. FIBA and FIFA are simply not to be trusted, and have long been suspected of corruption. Essentially what they have done is guaranteed the NBA that Euroleague and the player’s association cannot step on their toes by taking their stars for an entire season.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @seriousblack – Uh, no. Out-clauses aren’t unusual in professional leagues – Australian stars have them all the time in case they get an offer from an NBA or Euroleague team. They’re all FIBA approved.
    All FIBA did regarding the NBA lockout was confirm that NBA players are allowed, under FIBA regulations, to sign with another team during a lockout but that when the lockout is over the original (in this case NBA) contract has priority.
    This isn’t some big conspiracy, it’s a common aspect of contract labour law.

  • Tami

    @Ugh – I think you are totally missing the point. Some players in Europe also have opt-out clauses. But this is a case where FIBA says the players MUST have an opt-out clause if they sign in Europe. That is not common at all. And moreover, according to the Euroleague, FIBA did so one month after the NBA CBA expired and deep into the signing period, thus wreaking havoc on the transactions. Maybe there is no consipracy, but it does seem fishy. Let’s face it, if it were truly “a common aspect of contract labour law,” FIBA would have issued its ruling the day after the lock-out started.

  • seriousblack

    Ugh: You need to research a little more into the issue. I know Slam is the Bible to a lot of you guys but read a little bit about the issue outside of here. Then I’ll be happy to converse with you on the subject.

  • seriousblack

    Also, FIBA has absolutely NOTHING to do with U.S labor laws.

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