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After that game and the uproar which was created, fueled by a twitter comment made by Goran Dragic, FIBA announced that disciplinary proceedings against Australia were opened. According to FIBA bylaws Australia is facing a fine of up to 500.000 US dollars and/or suspension from international tournament play if found guilty. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis also could face a fine of 100,000 US dollars or suspension if found to have willfully manipulated the result. The reaction of the Australian federation was a denial and also the will to cooperate in the proceedings. Eurohoops posed the question about the ongoing investigation, asking also if a draw after the end of the group phase in order to determine the couplings for the rest of the competition could be a future solution and the answer of Baumann was the following, implying that what happened in Spain can be used as an example for the future: “As you know there are open proceedings for this case. The point is that something like this can’t happen again in the future. As for the draw, we are happy with our current format and we are not expecting to change it”. EuroHoops.net
Patrick Baumann: So it would be premature to make changes in the quality of basketball at the Olympics, especially before having maximised the potential of the World Cup. So it's too early to make any changes in the Olympic programme. To give you a concrete example, I don't think we would have had the investment in basketball in Britain - which is not a basketball country - had it not been for the Olympics. Also, without the Olympics, the amazing work done by Nigeria with its men’s team would have gone unnoticed. The same applies to the popularity of basketball in China. FIBA.com
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA commish David Stern is here, watching final ticks of ARG-BRA. He waved to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann from across the court. Twitter
The NBA is the model to which all others aspire. Yet, the North American league has its critics who are troubled by David Stern’s drive to relentlessly expand overseas. “We have had our share of discussions on this subject,” Baumann reveals. “There are differences but never on the substance of the fact that they do things.” There are political sensitivities involved. Due respect must be shown on both sides. MVP 24/7
However Baumann is dismissive of those who would close their borders rather than capitalise on the global popularity of the NBA. Tap into their investment and their publicity machine, he says, rather than fearing it. “They want to sell jerseys. They want to find partners. They want to increase their audience. That’s fine. It helps the game. If they play regular season games in London, people will come, you will write about it and basketball will grow. “If someone from England Basketball picks up the phone and says ‘they didn’t give me 50 tickets, I only got 20’, I’ll say go to hell because you don’t understand the real value of their activity.” MVP 24/7
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