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European Parliament member and former president of Lithuania's A and B basketball leagues Bronis Ropė has appealed to the European Commission regarding potentially unfair commercial practices by the international basketball federation (FIBA).
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In March and April of this year, FIBA threatened national basketball federations by saying they would lose the right to participate in FIBA's Euroleague games if any of the national federations' teams decided to play in the Eurocup.

FIBA also said that such countries' national teams would not be allowed to participate in the Olympics.

Ropė requested a written response from the European Commission on whether or not the European Union can regulate such potentially unfair commercial practices. He also asked whether the EC intends to investigate these potential cases of unfair commercial practices and potentially illegal use of FIBA's influence and commercial blackmail.