Report: FIBA Europe General Assembly 2016

Report: FIBA Europe General Assembly 2016

  • May 28,2016
Basketball witnessed a surge in interest and activity across Europe in 2015 according to the supreme authority of FIBA Europe. 

The FIBA Europe General Assembly 2016 was held in Dublin for the first time, with delegates from 45 countries in attendance. Over 100 high-ranking officials flew in for the assembly including FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel, FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.

FIBA Europe reported profits of over one million euro in 2015, despite projecting a budget deficit of €1.6 million. Marketing and Television monies accounted for the largest income (€11,386,000) while competition costs were the largest expenditure at over four million euro. €2.3 million was paid out to clubs to minimise costs for participating in the inaugural FIBA Europe Cup. 

FIBA Europe Properties also posted a modest profit, mainly through a Marketing Income of €13.5 million including sponsorship from Molten. A dividend is to be distributed for the first time with €600,000 going to FIBA (51%) and FIBA Europa (49%)

FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak gave an overall report that revealed 711,131 fans attended EuroBasket 2015 including the 27,372 who saw the final between Spain and Lithuania at the Pierre Maury Stadium in Lille. Total attendance for the competition was double the figures from 2013, while there have also been significant gains in Women’s Basketball. 

The qualifiers for FIBA Eurobasket Women 2017 are currently attracting attendances averaging over 1,800 with a peak of 6,800 for one of Romania’s qualifiers in Bucharest. Of the 60 games played to date, 57% have been televised.

The Youth Commission also reported a record-breaking year with participation from all national federations in at least one competition for the first time ever. 241 teams entered in total with that number set to grow in 2016. 

In 3x3 news, 22 countries were represented at the 2015 European Championships with 12,000 spectators enjoying the finals across three days of action. 

A number of other areas were also discussed.  A lack of coaching personnel was identified as one of the biggest issues in developing structures while a topical issue throughout the day was FIBA’s counter complaint before the EU Commission for anti-competitive practices (discrimination, exclusivity, tying etc) of EuroLeague Commercials Assets (ECA).

Serbian delegate and former EuroLeague winner Dejan Bodiroga said there was ‘a lot of turbulence due to 15 years of fragmentation, but only a united Europe will help us to protect the future of national federations and clubs.’ 

EOC President Mr Pat Hickey also raised the issue in officially opening the Assembly, mentioning the ‘current situation with the commercial activities of organisations trying to intrude on the sport.’ The Dubliner also reiterated the International Olympic Committee’s support on the matter, which is an agenda item for the executive board meeting in Lausanne next week. 

Kamil Novak made a presentation on the Basketball Champions League before the discussion was opened to the floor. 

The final item on the agenda was announcing the venue for the FIBA Europe General Assembly 2017. The event will be hosted in Berlin the German Basketball Federation (DBB).
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