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SBD Global/May 2, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Austrian Football Bundesliga Denies License To Six Clubs; BBL Rejects Dusseldorf's Appeal

A total of 25% of the license applicants for the Austrian Bundesliga, which is in charge of the country's top two football leagues, "have failed to receive a license from the organization's license committe, Senat 5," according to LAOLA1. Eighteen of the 24 clubs that applied for a license "received one." Two Bundesliga clubs, Admira Wacker and Wacker Innsbruck, "have flunked at the evaluation process." From the second tier, Erste Liga, Hartberg and Vienna failed to receive a license, and from the third tier, Regionalliga, LASK and Austria Salzburg also missed out on a license. The six clubs "have 10 days to appeal the decision." The appeal committe will decide on the appeals by May 15. If a club is still without a license it can file a lawsuit at a neutral court, which will decide on the issue by May 31 (LAOLA1, 4/30).

BASKETBALL LICENSE: The DPA reported recently promoted second-division club Dusseldorf Baskets "failed to receive a license for the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) after it appealed the league's orginial decision." The BBL announced that its licensing committee has upheld the leauge's original decision from April 17 to deny Dusseldorf a BBL license due to the club's failure "to prove its economic capability" (DPA, 4/30).
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