He continued saying: “FIBA Basketball does not govern basketball in a global scale, as does FIFA in football. NBA governs basketball. The situation is not good. The conflict arises because FIBA wants to do what we have already been doing. I told them: ‘You got us into chaos’. They offered a lot of money to the big clubs and they rejected them. And then FIBA decided to change their mind and make it about sports criteria. The clubs rejected them again. Subsequently, they began threats and warnings. The situations in this context is not comfortable. What I find objectionable is that they have stood between the national federations and the national teams. FIBA made the sport criteria as a flag, but now the results from the qualifying games do not matter because they have a conflict with Euroleague. If Real Madrid plays in Euroleague nothing happens. But if Valencia plays in Eurocup, then they will punish Spain. So is the Euroleague legal and Eurocup, which is organized by the same company, is illegal?”.
In a meeting held on Tuesday in Munich, Germany, Euroleague Basketball presented a collaboration proposal to FIBA addressing the key points necessary for a fluid institutional cooperation, outlining the responsibilities of each organisation, defining a stable organisational framework looking forward and accepting the requests from FIBA. The meeting came after having made repeated requests during the last six months for conversations to be held, with the clubs accepting FIBA’s recent invitation to meet on this occasion.
The main points proposed by Euroleague Basketball were: 1.Definition of a collaboration agreement that establishes a stable, long-term framework in which mutual confidence plays a central role in execution. 2.Elimination of any sanctions on clubs and national teams, respecting both the freedom of clubs to decide their future as well as the national teams´ participation in competitions for which they have qualified, and the modification of those rules and regulations that currently allow such sanctions to be imposed.