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Wed. 02 May 2012

Press Conference: Official release of the first report on the international migration of basketball players and launch of the CIES Observatory

At the Palais DuPeyrou in Neuchâtel, the CIES launched its ambitious "CIES Observatory" project.  In the presence of M. Patrick Koller, Communications Director of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), CIES president, M. Betrand Reeb, M. Denis Oswald, CIES Director, and M. Raffaele Poli, the project's leader, held a formal press conference for the Observatory's official start.

Based on the enormous success of the CIES Football Observatory (the two annual reports are a must read for every organisation working in the football sector), the institute has launched the CIES Observatory.  This multisport project aims to take its expertise and experience beyond the confines of the football world.  In order to mark the launch, the Observatory released its first report on the international migration of basketball players which is the fruit of a partnership between CIES and FIBA.

Christened the "IBMR" (International Basketball Migration Report), this report includes detailed analysis of the official international transfer data collected by FIBA for the year 2011.  The 64-page book unveils market trends and highlights the impact, in different countries around the world, of the international transfer rules.

According to the report, the United States were the largest global exporter of basketball players for 2011, far ahead of France and Serbia.  On the other hand, Spain was the country which imported the most foreigners.

Thanks to this study, the global basketball family now has access to important information which will be updated each year.  This perfectly exemplifies the added value of analysis such as that done by the CIES.  Expertise in the area of data management and analysis can provide essential benefits to sporting federations in order to better comprehend their sporting phenomena.

FIBA, the governing body for international basketball, is an independent association grouping 213 national federations around the world.   It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the only competent authority for basketball.  The next upcoming FIBA competitions are pre-Olympic tournaments for women in Turkey (June 25 - July 1) and for men in Venezuela (July 1-8) followed by the Olympic Games of London from the 28th of July to the 2nd of August.

The International Centre of Sport Studies (CIES) is an academic institute created in 1995 through a partnership with Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, and the City and Canton of Neuchâtel.  Its mission is to develop, from a pluri-disciplinary perspective (legal, sociological, geographic, business and historical), research, educational and consulting activities for the sporting community.  The CIES aims to serve as a bridge between the worlds of research, education and sporting institutions.


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