The WNBA will have a new look at the start of the 2022 season as the league announced last week the switch from Spalding to Wilson.
Spalding has been the official game ball of the WNBA since the league began in 1997. The unique white and orange paneled ball has become recognizable for fans all over the world. It is unknown at this time if the colors of the WNBA ball will change or remain the same.
When the NBA began, Wilson was the game ball used from 1946 to 1983. Spalding then took over and had been the long-time ball manufacturer for the NBA for 37 seasons. Wilson is set to begin manufacturing game balls again for the NBA for the 2021-2022 season as the official basketball maker of the league. The timing also coincides with the league’s 75th anniversary season.
“Our commitment to growing the game of basketball on the global stage is at the heart of Wilson and our new partnership with the NBA,” said Wilson general manager Kevin Murphy per release. “Our passion for this game and the league runs incredibly deep as does our history with it.”
“As we start this new chapter in the game, out focus and energy will be on supporting the league and the players, coaches and fans with the most advanced, high-performance game basketballs possible.”
Along with the WNBA, Wilson will also provide game balls for the G League and the Basketball Africa League.