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Friday, June 18 2021 - 04:53
Wilson Reveals NBA Official Game Ball in Advance of 2021-22 NBA Season
CHICAGO, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- NBA's Trae Young and Jamal Murray join Wilson's Advisory Staff; Wilson NBA 
official game ball to be introduced on-court at Microsoft Surface NBA Draft 
Combine 2021

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., in partnership with the National Basketball 
Association (NBA), today unveiled the league's new official game ball in 
advance of the NBA's 75th anniversary season.  The reveal tips off a multiyear 
partnership, welcoming the NBA's first official basketball manufacturer – 
Wilson – back to the game.

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The Wilson NBA official game ball is comprised of the same materials, 
eight-panel configuration and performance specifications as the league's 
current game balls and sources the same leather currently used in the NBA.  
Over the past year, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association 
(NBPA) worked jointly with Wilson to develop and approve the new game ball 
through team evaluation sessions.  The game ball features the iconic NBA and 
Wilson logos in full grain pebbling, with the Wilson logo also including an 
anthracite inline.

"Wilson is excited to unlock our history and heritage with the NBA to grow the 
game of basketball on the global stage," said Kevin Murphy, General Manager, 
Wilson Team Sports.  "On the heels of launching our WNBA and BAL partnerships, 
we will continue building for the future of the sport.  Wilson will focus first 
on supporting the league and its players with its high-performance game balls, 
then extending our basketball family to reach fans, coaches and players at all 
levels, around the world."

"Our partnership with Wilson fittingly comes to life as we approach our 75th 
anniversary season," said Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global 
Partnerships.  "As the NBA's official game ball for the league's first 37 
seasons, Wilson makes its return building on our shared history and looking 
ahead toward the continued growth of the league."

Wilson's NBA official game ball will make its on-court debut at the Microsoft 
Surface NBA Draft Combine 2021, scheduled to take place Monday, June 21 through 
Sunday, June 27.  The game ball will be available for purchase exclusively on ( 
) in the U.S. beginning July 29, in alignment with the NBA Draft 2021 presented 
by State Farm.  Additional NBA-licensed Wilson products will be made available 
through key retail partners globally including ( 
), Amazon and others throughout the summer.

To coincide with the game ball reveal, Wilson is also introducing its first NBA 
Advisory Staff members – 2020 NBA All-Star Trae Young and 2016 first-round NBA 
Draft pick Jamal Murray.  As official Wilson Advisory Staff members, Young and 
Murray will playtest, provide feedback and collaborate on Wilson basketball 

"Joining Wilson's Advisory Staff was such a natural fit for me," said Young. 
"I've been using their basketballs since I was a kid – from hooping in my 
driveway to playing throughout college. It's exciting to see Wilson return to 
the NBA, and for me to have a voice in how they show up both on and off the 

Young and Murray join a growing roster of Wilson Basketball Advisory Staff 
members, including three-time WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage, FIBA 3x3 stars Dušan 
Bulut and Migna Toure, renowned skills coach Chris Brickley and tastemaker 
Beija Velez, with more players expected to be announced as the season 

Wilson's partnership milestones with the NBA will continue to roll out 
throughout 2021 with announcements and activations across the Women's National 
Basketball Association (WNBA) ( 
), NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League (BAL) ( 
), and into the NBA's 75th anniversary season.

About Wilson:
Chicago, USA-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co. ( 
), a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is the world's leading manufacturer 
of high-performance sports equipment, sportswear and accessories. The Company 
brings more than a century of innovation to sport at every level of play. It 
uses player insights to develop products that push equipment innovation into 
new territories and empower athletes at every level to perform at their best. 
Visit for more information.

In Basketball, Wilson is the supplier of Official Game Basketballs for the 
National Basketball Association(R) (NBA), the Women's National Basketball 
Association(R) (WNBA), National Collegiate Athletic Association(R) (NCAA) for 
March Madness and the Final Four, Basketball Champions League (BCL), Basketball 
Africa League (BAL) and FIBA 3x3. In Football, Wilson is the first and only 
Supplier of Official Game Footballs for the National Football League(R) (NFL), 
the supplier of Official Game Footballs for the Canadian Football League (CFL), 
NCAA Football, Pop Warner, American Youth Football and USA Football. In Tennis, 
Wilson is the Official Ball and Official Stringing Partner of the US Open and 
Roland Garros. In Volleyball, Wilson is the Supplier of Official Game 
Volleyballs for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and NCAA 
Beach Volleyball. In Soccer, Wilson is the supplier of match balls for NCAA 

About the NBA:
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional 
sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women's National 
Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA and 
the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) also jointly operate the 
Basketball Africa League (BAL).  The NBA has established a major international 
presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories 
in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores 
in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2020-21 
season featured 107 international players from 41 countries.  NBA Digital's 
assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has 
created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.9 
billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player 
platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by 
working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that 
support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

SOURCE: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.