CEB and KNBSB should review their regulations

Yes you are reading it well. The European Confederation of Baseball (CEB) and the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) should review their regulations. 

Why? Well, let me explain.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Euro League BaseballThe International Skating Union (ISU) tried to prohibit speed skaters to participate in a lucrative speed skating event in Dubai (yes it sounds strange: Speed skating in de desert).
The ISU threatened that whoever would participate in this event, would face a livelong ban.

A few Dutch speed skaters that wanted to participate, put this issue on the agenda of the ISU. A year later, the European Commission started an investigation after the abuse of power of the ISU.

The ruling of the the European Commission is as follows: The European Commission is worried about the sanctions that the ISU is imposing on athletes. These sanctions are not created to maintain higher standards in the sport of speed skating but the main purpose is to keep a grip on speedskating. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor CEB Baseball

Earlier this year, a regional court in Munich ruled against the FIBA Europe in a similar case in which that governing body also imposed bans on clubs that would participate in the Euro League Basketball, a professional (outlaw) basketball league in Europe.

With these two rulings, the stance of the KNBSB and the CEB towards the Euro League baseball have to change as well. Wasn’t it the CEB in the person of Jan Esselman, that made up a rule that imposed a ban on Dutch club L&D Amsterdam Pirates to participate in this the ELB? Later players of L&D Amsterdam Pirates were threatened to face a ban if they would participate in the ELB. This ban would prevent them from participating in the regular European Cup.

Ever since there has been some positive news about teams participating in the ELB. It has been rumored that the KNBSB has a more positive stance towards it as they are willing to allow to let a team Amsterdam and a team Rotterdam participate.
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor KNBSB
Despite this alleged change of the point of view of the KNBSB, it would be wise for this governing body, to change adapt its regulations since they can still be used to abuse power. The same with the regulations of the CEB.

For both governing bodies, there is some work that needs to be done.

It is clear that the ruling of the European Commission and of the local German court, creates a precedent.


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