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NBA drops Spalding as maker of official basketball after more than 30 years


The NBA Playoffs logo and Official Spalding Balls before a game.

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There’s a new ball coming to the National Basketball Association.

The NBA has parted ways with longtime sporting goods company Spalding, which produces the NBA’s custom made basketballs, the league announced Wednesday. The new game ball will be manufactured by Chicago-based company Wilson, starting with the 2021-22 season, the league announced. Spalding made the NBA’s basketballs for over 30 years.

“This partnership with Wilson returns us to our roots as we plan for the future,” Salvatore LaRocca, the NBA’s NBA president of global partnerships said in a…


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