Spanish Basketball League Receives European Commission Ultimatum Over Player Quotas
The European Commission asked Spain to "alter its regulation regarding the composition of basketball teams to put an end to 'indirect discrimination,'" according to the EFE. The EC said that "current quotas on players from local areas lead to indirect discrimination." The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) and the Spanish Basketball League (ACB) demand that teams in their competitions "have a minimum number of players from the European Union." The EC said, "As this condition is easier to meet for Spanish players, this can put other EC members at a disadvantage" (EFE, 4/16). AS reported the ACB said in a statement, "The current quotas are the fruits of an agreement between the ACB, the Players' Association (ABP) and the FEB in '11. These quotas establish minimum numbers of players that each ACB team has to have. The quotas have three conditions: players have to have been part of a Spanish basketball team between their second junior season and their second senior season, they have to have played for a minimum of three seasons and they also have to have participated for at least six months in each of those seasons" (AS, 4/16).