Sources: NBA partners with Wilson to produce official game balls starting with 2021-22 season

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MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 26: A detail view of official Spalding NBA basketball on the court during a game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on January 26, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies defeated the Suns 114-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The NBA has used Spalding basketballs since 1983. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NBA’s contract with Spalding is expiring and now Wilson will be the new partner to produce the league’s official game ball starting with the 2021-22 season, which happens to be the league’s 75th anniversary, sources with knowledge of the deal informed Yahoo Sports.

Wilson will also serve as the official game ball of the WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League (BAL), sources with knowledge told Yahoo Sports.

The NBA and Spalding mutually agreed to part ways, sources say.

Spalding has been the official game ball of the NBA since 1983. Prior to 1983, Wilson was the league’s partner for 37 years.

The same leather and product specifications will be used to produce the new ball with the assistance from the NBA and NBPA, which will create a player advisory board to offer suggestions. Wilson basketball engineers, product designers and player insights specialists will work with the NBPA advisory board to create the new game balls.

The WNBA will continue using a composite ball.

Wilson is the official game ball of the NCAA tournament and is used in most high school games around the country.

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