The on-going tension between FIBA and Euroleague has now moved to legal area as well. FIBA published a press release stating that Euroleague filed a complaint to European Commission against FIBA and FIBA Europe.
Euroleague claims that FIBA and FIBA Europe are violating EU competition law. The following is the official press release by FIBA:
FIBA confirmed Saturday that Euroleague Properties, a subsidiary company of Euroleague based in Luxembourg, has filed a complaint against FIBA and FIBA Europe to the European Commission, alleging violations of EU competition law.
FIBA received notification of this complaint on Friday 19 February and will review it over the coming days.
After refusing FIBA’s proposal to enter into a partnership in November 2015, Euroleague confirms with this legal action that it has no intention of entering into a constructive dialogue with FIBA to try to resolve the current situation surrounding club competitions in Europe.
FIBA remains focused on delivering, jointly with the domestic leagues, European competitions that benefit both the market and European basketball as a whole. The Basketball Champions League is set to launch for the 2016-17 season.