Mass resignations at British Basketball

09 Jul 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Governance issues within British Basketball are once again in the spotlight, following the resignation of seven directors of the British Basketball Federation (BBF).

The move is the latest in an ongoing funding dispute than has seen the governing body clash with its three member Home Country Associations (HCAs) – Basketball England, Scotland and Wales – reportedly leaving the organisation on the brink of collapse.

Outgoing BBF chair Ed Warner said: "I cannot in all conscience lead an organisation whose three members are so unwilling to work collectively, so devoid of ambition for the game, so full of disdain for Great Britain players and, as evidenced by their actions yesterday, so apparently lacking in professional integrity.

"It is now for the many members of Basketball England, Scotland and Wales to ask themselves whether the leaders of the organisations they belong to are fit for purpose to lead this great game."

The HCAs’ reported plans to slash team funding were strongly criticised by members of the Great Britain men’s basketball team in a statement following their World Cup qualifying defeat by Israel last week.

Earlier this year, British Basketball was forced to seek emergency government funding in order to avoid suspension by the International Basketball Federation for failing to honour its fixtures.

UK Sport and DCMS approved a £305,000 package in May, which UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl now claims will only be made available subject to satisfactory resolution of the sport's governance issues.