Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA will switch from Spalding to Wilson as a game ball manufacturer after the 2020/21 season. Per Haynes, NBA games will be played with a Wilson ball from the start of the 2021/22 campaign, which marks the 75th anniversary of the league.
Spalding has been the official game ball provider for the NBA since 1983, but the two companies have agreed to split up. Wilson was the official manufacturing partner before the league signed a contract with Spalding, and the renewed partnership will result in them also supplying balls for the WNBA, G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League (BAL). Wilson is currently making balls available for the NCAA and most high school games in the US are played with their balls.
“The same leather and product specifications will be used to make the new ball with the support of the NBA and NBPA, which will set up a player advisory board that will make suggestions,” Haynes writes. “Wilson basketball engineers, product designers and Player Insights specialists will work with the NBPA Advisory Board to create the new game balls.”