PRIME win Basketball Arbitral Tribunal case
On December 2010 Romanian highest division basketball club BC Mures unilaterally and unlawfully terminated contract with Lithuanian forward Gytis Sirutavicius (currently playing for Ukrainian Superleague club BC Dnipr-Azot) and prohibited the player to participate in club’s games and did not pay him due salaries. After unsuccessful attempts to settle the situation without litigation, player, his agent Raivis Ušackis and lawyer Roberts Ginters (both of PRIME Athlete Management, Latvia) were forced to take the claim to BAT, by requesting the arbitrage to award the player with unpaid salary and bonuses, penalty, arbitrage costs as well as interest.
Gytis Sirutavicius and his representatives submitted documents to BAT on May 2011 and after reviewing commentaries and evidence by both parties, BAT almost completely satisfied player’s claim on 29 November 2011 by ordering BC Mures to pay the player amount of almost EUR 40 000.
BAT (formerly FIBA Arbitral Tribunal) is an arbitrage established by FIBA and is an effective and relatively quick way to resolve disputes between basketball players, coaches, teams, agents and other persons. There are no worries in respect of long litigation process through several court instances, as well as necessity to know foreign legal systems and laws.
PRIME Athlete Management is the first Latvian agency to win a BAT case.