Wilson sets to takeover Spalding as NBA’s official ball
Change is coming in NBA!
The league announced that Wilson will take over the 2021-22 season as the official ball manufacturer, replacing Spalding in the process as soon as their contract expires, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
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
“The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced a multiyear global partnership today that will make Wilson the official game ball of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League (BAL),” according to the league’s statement.
“The partnership will tip off at different times by league. The NBA Wilson game ball will first be used during the league’s 75th anniversary season in 2021-22. The other debuts will be during the 2022 WNBA season, 2021-22 NBA G League season, 2021 NBA 2K League season and the inaugural BAL season.”
Wilson and NBA also shared a history, as they were once the official ball supplier for 37 years, until Spalding came along in 1983.
Wilson will maintain the leather and product specifications with the new game ball.
“Wilson will manufacture the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League game balls using the same materials, eight-panel configuration and performance specifications as current game balls and will also source the same leather currently used in the NBA. The NBA and its players will work jointly with Wilson to develop and approve the new game ball,” said Salvatore LaRocca, presidente of NBA Global Partnership.