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 3-300 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:
Date of sanction
# of bans in place
Angola Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo Men 22 November 2016 1 ban in place Argentina Club San Martin Corrientes Men 07 July 2016 1 ban in place Bulgaria BK Cherno More Port Varna / BC Cherno More Ticha Men 26 April 2016 1 ban in place Brazil Unitri Universo Uberlandia BC Men 2 Nov. 2011 1 ban in place China Heilongjiang Shenda Women Pro BC Women 29 Sept. 2016 1 ban in place Cyprus Basketball Club AEL Limassol Men 31 Jan. 2013 2 bans in place Cyprus Achilleas Kaimakliou Basketball Club Men 23 Jun. 2011 1 ban in place Estonia MTÜ BC Rakvere Tarvas Men 7 Dec. 2016 1 ban in place Greece GS Panionios Men 23 Sept. 2016 1 ban in place Greece AC Ippokratis Kos Men 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 Hungary Szeviep-Szeged Kosarlabda Sport Kft. Women 17 May 2011 1 ban in place Iran Mahan Sepahan Club Men 3 Nov. 2014 1 ban 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 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 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 Fortitudo Pallacanestro Srl (Bologna) Men 29 June 2010 1 ban in place Italy S.S. Basket Napoli s.r.l Men 4 Dec. 2008 1 ban in place Italy Azzurro Basket Napoli 2013 SSADRL Men 12 Nov. 2014 1 ban in place Latvia VEF Riga Men 16 Jan 2017 1 ban in place Lebanon Antranik Y.A. Men 18 Dec. 2013 1 ban in place Morocco Ittihad Riadhi de Tanger (IRT) Basketball Men 19 October 2016 1 ban in place (suspensive effect due to appeal) Morocco AS Sale Basketball Men 13 October 2016 1 ban in place Mexico Halcones de Xalapa A.C. Men 27 Feb. 2015 2 bans in place Montenegro BC Buducnost Voli Men 02 Aug. 2016 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 Men 26 Jan. 2011 1 ban in place Russia BC Krasny Octyabr Men 07 July 2016 2 bans in place Russia BC Spartak Primorie/BC Spartak/ CFSD BC Spartak/ Men’s Basketball Club Spartak/ BFPR BC Spartak/ BC Kondrashina and Belova Men 06 April 2016 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 Slovenia BC Union Olimpija Men 6 December 2016 3 bans 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 JSK Kairouan Tunisian Club (Jeunesse Sportive Kairouanause) Men 6 Jan 2017 1 ban in place Turkey Besiktas Basketbol Yatirimlari San. Ve Tic. A.S. Men 18 Oct. 2016 3 bans in place Turkey Karsiyaka Spor Kulübü Men 17 Jan 2017 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 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 Bornova Belediyesini Spor Kulübü Men 2 Apr. 2012 1 ban in place Turkey
Trabzonspor Basketball Kulubu Dernegi
Men 7 Dec. 2016 2 bans in place Turkey
Adana Aski Spor Kulübü Dernegi
Men 27 Jan. 2017 2 ban in place Ukraine BC Kryvbasbasket Men 16 May 2014 2 bans in place Ukraine DNEPR (Dnipro) Basketball Club Men 2 July 2013 1 ban in place Ukraine BC Ferro – ZNTU / BC Zaporizhya Men 13 Nov.2014 2 bans in place Ukraine BC Dnipro Azot Men 12 Nov. 2014 1 ban in place
Clubs banned from participation in international club competitions:
Date of Ban
Croatia KK Zadar s.d.d. Men 03 June 2016
Players banned from international transfer:
Anthony Corey FISHER
Lee A. BENSON
Adrian Glenn ABRAMS