ABP is the only association of professional basketball players in Spain. It was founded in the spring of 1986, and the association has defended the players of the ACB league for over 20 years, by negotiation collective agreements within the sector, and representing players in all the institutions where decisions which may affect their interests, personal development and their professional careers.
ABP mission is to assure that the players rights are being protected at all times and maximize their opportunities inside and outside the court.
Its first President was a very famous Italian player: Renato Villalta.
In 1985 GIBA has a new Statute and it is recognized by FIP, the Italian Basketball Federation.
In 1991 GIBA moves to a new office that is still its actual location in Bologna, Via Mezzofanti 79
In 1994 the A1 and A2 men leagues became professional championships and after several battles GIBA obtains the first Collective Agreement for basketball players.
Since 2012 GIBA has a new board with the lawyer Alessandro Marzoli as President and Mario Boni Vice President. In the last years all male and female players, from national teams to lower series ones, are always involved in the decision making process. Giba works to improve labour conditions of all players, to develop educational programmes, dual and post career projects for athletes and to take care off all the subjects that affect basketball players lives.
- The current situation in 2016: Serving the Players
In the 2015/2016 season, union participation reached an all time high, with an 88% membership rate among French basketball players in both the Pro A and Pro B leagues. This is representation that no longer warrants demonstration as work sites and projects are multiplying (Thierry Rupert, training of 1st aid players, retraining and partnership).
Currently, the SNB action is based on communication with the players and the development of new communication media intended for players.
The Israel Basketball Players Association (IBPA) was established in 1989. IBPA is the sole representative of professional basketball players in Israel, vis-a-vis their clubs and the Israeli basketball federation. Although only Israeli players can be members of IBPA, in matters concerning shared interests of both Israeli and foreign players, the union acts on behalf of all players in Israeli clubs. Among others, IBPA represents all players during bankruptcy and liquidations procedures, and also in matters concerning ULEB’s regulations. IBPA strongly encourages all professional basketball players to contact us in any relevant matter.
Founded in 2016, The SABP is a non-profit association created by the players, for the players of the masculine and feminine national leagues.
Its mission is to inform the players of their rights and obligations, to defend their interests, and to represent them with one voice in front of the actors of the basketball world.