NBA Moves From Spalding, to Partner with Wilson as Official Game Ball
For years, Spalding has been synonymous with the NBA game.
Providing the league with the official game ball since 1983, Spalding has become intertwined with the culture of the league. But it’s the partnership between the NBA and Spalding is coming to an end.
Once the current contract expires, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the league will partner with Wilson, making the company the league’s new official game ball provider. The contract will kick in starting with the 2021-22 season, which also happens to be the league’s 75th anniversary season.
Yahoo Sources: NBA moving on from Spalding as the official game ball partner to Wilson, starting with the 2021-22 season. https://t.co/1nei5nSF8I
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 13, 2020
As part of the partnership, Wilson will also serve as the official game ball of the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League, and Basketball Africa League (BAL).
While some players have already voiced concern with the crossover, it is important to note that the NBA has worked with Wilson previously. Prior to 1983, the year Spalding and the league began their long-standing relationship, Wilson was the league’s partner for its first 37 years. Moreover, the NBA and NBPA were reassured that the game balls will take in player insights and will maintain the same leather and product specification as the current Spalding ball.
On the collegiate side, Wilson is the official game ball of the NCAA tournament and is the most popular brand of basketballs in the entire United States.