Spanish Basketball Players' Association Calls For Clubs To Assume Responsibility
Spanish Basketball Players' Association (ABP) President Alfonso Reyes said of the scheduling conflict between FIBA and the EuroLeague, "The majority of EuroLeague players are going to decide to play for their clubs because they have contracts," according to Ricardo González of AS. He said, "Our advice is that players ask their clubs in writing what they have to do, to put this responsibility on the clubs. ... They want the players to carry the weight of the decision when the players did not participate in the creation of the schedule. The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) has said that it will not sanction the players, but we would like for the Spanish Superior Sports Council to weigh in" (AS, 11/13). In Madrid, Sergio Fernández reported La Liga President Javier Tebas spoke on Tuesday about "the latest in football, politics and also basketball," with the conflict between FIBA and the EuroLeague "the principal topic." He said, "What is happening is the consequence of the lack of intervention or the neglect of recent years, when the EuroLeague was created. The national basketball industry is the Spanish Basketball League (ACB). The FEB has to concern itself with the national team" (MARCA, 11/14).