Basketball’s governing body said Friday it will clear NBA players under contract to play in its leagues during the lockout, as long as they return once the lockout is over.
In a ruling that paves the way for players to earn a paycheck on the court, FIBA agreed with NBA and players’ association officials that players are free to sign anywhere, but do so at their own risk of injury.
“As the world governing body for basketball, we strongly hope that the labor dispute will be resolved as soon as possible, and that the NBA season is able to begin as scheduled,” secretary general Patrick Baumann said in a statement.
“In view of our role to promote basketball worldwide, we support any player wishing to play the game, wherever and whenever. We do so while obviously taking the interests, rights and obligations of all parties into account.”
Going overseas has emerged as an option for NBA players during a work stoppage that threatens to last months and could even wipe out the entire season. Nets All-Star Deron Williams has a deal with Turkish club Besiktas — which also is courting Kobe Bryant — and most top players said they would consider playing.
Union executive director Billy Hunter has endorsed the idea, with players believing it will pressure owners at the bargaining table if they see their players have options elsewhere.
If a player under NBA contract agrees to a deal in a FIBA-affiliated league, he first must be cleared to go by the NBA. The league will allow partial clearance, meaning it must be guaranteed the player returns to his NBA team once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. FIBA then will give its approval once the player has signed a declaration stating he will do so.
There is still plenty of doubt that top players will head to Europe or Asia. All-Star caliber ones may not find enough money to make it worthwhile, and numerous players who have signed overseas have stories of missed or late payments from their teams there. Also, their NBA teams could void their contracts if they are significantly injured playing in another league.
Hunter, NBA commissioner David Stern and their top lieutenants have agreed to resume collective bargaining discussions Monday, sources told ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan. NBA owners imposed a lockout July 1, shutting down the league for the first time since summer 1998.
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This year marks the sixth year of operation for the global brand independent cool The YUME Group. To commemorate its continuous contribution to the alternative urban market globally The YUME Group will be returning with its annual program YUME FEST. YUME FEST is a global grassroots festival that looks to support, celebrate, and redefine the vibrant “urban contemporary” music, art, and fashion community throughout the globe, and finds innovative ways of working together towards common goals.
It aims to shed light on the international bond the” YUME lifestyle” creates by bringing musicians, artists, and fashionistas from across the globe together to showcase their talent, skill, and knowledge. We hope that each artist will share this experience with youth, teens and adults alike while creating an international exchange of ideas and artistic methods all the while creating a cultural exchange amongst independent participants of the urban arts.
Beginning in 2005 in NYC, YUME is a multi-platformed lifestyle brand that looks to create avenues for independent thinkers to live and experience their dreams. Encompassing Music, Art, and Fashion, YUME strives to provide unique services, products and programming while redistributing all things Music, Art, and Fashion into the community. These components help to harness The YUME Group’s unique approach to providing the very best in event management, production and consulting into a tangible lifestyle that all walks of life can be apart of. Through innovative and diverse programming, inspiring music, cutting edge design, and building a global community, we hope to create a timeless warp of artistic exchange.
-YUME FEST NYC will take place September 2-5, 2011 at multiple venues throughout NYC.
-YUME FEST ATLANTA will take place September 9th – 10th 2011 at Apache Cafe.
-YUME FEST LONDON will take place October 5-8 at multiple venues throughout London
-YUME FEST TOKYO will take place November 17-20 at multiple venues throughout Tokyo
“We want to celebrate and show our deep appreciation to all of the amazing people that have supported us throughout the years, and continue to return to help in our continuous evolution. In these tough times,it’s good to know we can depend on our “YUME Fam” to continue to support and allow us to bring quality events, products, and services to the community that keeps the market thriving, while creating a platform for indie musicians, visual artists, and designers to show their work and thrive globally. We are here to build a bridge between cities throughout the globe from NYC to the rest of the world. YUME FEST will help with this process and create a viable pipeline into every subcultural hub across the world. It will MAKE THE WORLD SMALLER”
–Michael Peterson aka YUME Mike,Head Member & CEO – The YUME Group