|Euroleague Basketball announced that it reached an agreement with the EuroLeague Players Association (ELPA) for the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague calendar.
Both organizations agreed to introduce changes requested by the ELPA that aim at improving players conditions to conduct their professional activity at the highest level:
• Regular Season Round 1 will take place one week earlier than usual, on October 3 and 4, 2019. Regular Season Round 34 will take place on April 9 and 10, 2020.
Euroleague Basketball and the ELPA will continue their discussions on a broad number of topics with the objective of reaching a collective bargaining agreement that regulates the relationship between the league, the clubs and the players. The following topics are being analyzed by Euroleague Basketball and its clubs following proposals from the ELPA:
• Improving the process for overdue salary payment disputes in order to increase security and minimize risk for players who find themselves in this situation.
The proposals have been shared with the clubs at the latest ECA Shareholders Executive Board meeting in Milan, Italy.
“The relationship with the recently created EuroLeague Players Association has been very positive so far. Our clubs are confident that the ELPA proposals will lead to more stability and business security for the league, clubs and players. We look forward to continue working with the players to grow the EuroLeague collectively,” Eduard J. Scott, Chief Operations Officer at Euroleague Basketball, said. “We maintain regular conversations and meetings in order to reach a consensus that increases the quality of our games, the conditions for our players, and therefore the attractiveness of the EuroLeague for our fans.”
“At ELPA we are very content that on our initiative, Euroleague Basketballis implementing these important changes, which will lower players workload, lower the number of possible injuries, and increase the recovery time between games,” Bostjan Nachbar, ELPA Managing Director, said. “We are positive that additional improvements, which we are still finalizing and should be included in EuroLeague Bylaws this summer, will bring a very encouraging change of conditions for players within the league.”
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