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FIBA and Molten continue to blaze their basketball trail for the next two World Cup cycles


MANILA (Philippines) - FIBA and Molten will continue working as Global Partners into a fifth decade after holding a renewal ceremony to celebrate a special collaboration that stretches back to 1982.

The relationship between both organizations has delivered success through a shared passion and commitment to grow basketball globally and to innovate,
 with the 40-year anniversary marked in 2022.

It's a mission that remains stronger than ever as both FIBA and Molten head into a new and extended period of Global Partnership, which will cover the next two World Cup cycles. 

MOLTEN & FIBA Partnership Renewal

The renewal took place in Manila, Philippines, with a signing ceremony that saw FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis join President and CEO of Molten Corporation, Kiyo Tamiaki, along with FIBA Central Board members and key members of the FIBA Family, in saluting an amazing track record of results, as well as underlining how they can continue to shape the future of the sport together. 

"To have this extension of a partnership that has already passed the landmark of 40 years is unique," said Zagklis.

"It highlights the strong bond and shared vision of FIBA and Molten, who have been our Global Partners for longer than anyone else. Molten has played a prominent role in supporting FIBA to grow the sport of basketball globally with their desire to continue innovating and evolving.

"This has included their unwavering support for growing the women’s game and grassroots programs, with Molten having established a great track record of working with FIBA on multiple campaigns. The fact that they plan to further invest in the development of the women’s game is testament to their love for the sport and one of the main reasons we are thrilled to be continuing on this road together."

Meanwhile, Mr. Kiyo Tamiaki commented: "We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our 40-year partnership with the International Basketball Federation. As a sporting goods brand that supports basketball from grassroots to top level competitions, we are proud to be part of the global basketball community.

"FIBA is an essential partner for Molten. We are committed to continuously pursuing technological innovation and working with FIBA to develop and provide products that showcase superior quality both in function and design.

"We also reaffirm our commitment to contributing to social and environmental projects, as well as to empower women's participation in basketball," he added. 

A shining example of Molten's commitment to supporting the women's game is their Female Local Champions Program. Originally rolled out for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Australia, it saw a national campaign launched to recognize the efforts of women promoting and growing female basketball participation within local communities. Then at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023, co-hosted in Israel and Slovenia,
 they also handed out awards to local champions.

First FIBA Central Board meeting for new term convenes in Manila on eve of World Cup Final


MANILA (Philippines) – The newly appointed FIBA Central Board for the cycle of 2023 to 2027 convened today for their first meeting under the leadership of FIBA President Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani. 

new Central Board was recently appointed during the XXII FIBA Congress, held in Manila prior to the tip-off of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. Thirteen members were announced, along with a new President and Treasurer.  

Today, the Central Board appointed FIBA Oceania President David Reid as FIBA First Vice-President, and also FIBA Europe President Jorge Garbajosa and FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave as FIBA Vice-Presidents. The Central Board approved the reappointment of Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO as representative of the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki as representative of the Players and Patrick Hunt as President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC).   

The continuation of the mandate of the Central Board co-opted members was also confirmed for Richard Carrion, Erick Thohir and Andrei Kirilenko (the decision on the latter will take effect subject to the decisions of the International Olympic Committee and FIBA in relation to the war in Ukraine), while Al Panlilio and Sonja Vasic were also co-opted.

The Central Board proposed to appoint newly named FIBA Honorary President Hamane Niang as the new President of the FIBA Foundation. The FIBA Foundation Board will confirm the appointment of the new President and the new members at its first board meeting. 

The Central Board also heard updates on the preparations for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games and appointed the hosts of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024. They will take place from February 8 to 11, 2024 in Antwerp, Belgium; Sopron, Hungary; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Xi'an, China.  

The hosts of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be appointed at the end of November.  
The Central Board extended the current status quo regarding the war in Ukraine until the next Executive Committee meeting on November 27.  

The meeting concluded with a special ceremony with long-standing Global Partner Molten to mark the extension of its historic partnership with FIBA.



– New Installment Focused on Emerging Basketball and Business Technologies –


NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2023 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the third installment of NBA Launchpad, the league’s initiative to source, evaluate and pilot emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, that advance the NBA’s top basketball and business priorities.  Additionally, NBA Launchpad is collaborating with the WNBA to advance women’s basketball for athletes and fans.


Starting today, companies and entrepreneurs can apply to NBA Launchpad by submitting innovations that address one of six priority areas.  Three areas are focused on the game:  Advancing Women’s Basketball, Identifying Future Stars in Asia and Improving Player Availability and Wellbeing.  The other three are focused on fan experience:  Building Immersive Experiences, Enhancing the NBA Content Library and Uncovering Next-Gen Fan Insights.


The application portal will also have an open category for companies and entrepreneurs outside of the priority areas who want to be considered for this year’s NBA Launchpad program.


Following a rigorous evaluation process, selected applicants will participate in a six-month research and development project within the NBA’s ecosystem.  As part of NBA Launchpad, companies and entrepreneurs will receive access to NBA resources, hands-on support and other unique incentives to develop their technologies.  At the conclusion of the program, NBA Launchpad companies will present to NBA executives, strategic partners and investors during Demo Day at NBA Summer League 2024. 


The NBA Launchpad program is part of the league's larger direct-to-consumer efforts. By investing in the development of new technologies, the league looks to continue its innovation around the fan experience, building upon the reimagined NBA App and NBA ID membership program launched ahead of the 2022-23 season.


Descriptions of 2024 priority areas are below.


The Game

Advancing Women’s Basketball

Over the past five seasons, the WNBA has experienced significant growth in viewership, attendance and player popularity, yet female athletes continue to face various challenges, including higher rates of dropping out of youth sports, increased risk of injury and underinvestment in health and performance technologies specifically designed for women.


To enhance the women’s basketball experience, the NBA and WNBA are seeking solutions that will increase basketball participation, decrease risk of injury or improve performance for female athletes.


Identifying Future Stars in Asia

The NBA is a global league, with 120 international players from 41 countries and six continents on 2022-23 opening-night rosters. As basketball continues to grow globally, the NBA is looking to ensure that players from all around the world, including in regions less represented in the NBA, can be evaluated and discovered.


While the NBA continues to grow the game in these regions, there is an opportunity to leverage AI and consumer technology to help identify high-potential players from Asia earlier in their athletic careers.  To execute this vision, the NBA is seeking scalable and accessible technologies that can democratize talent discovery for youth athletes.


Improving Player Availability and Wellbeing

Over the past several years, there has been an increase in the number of games that star players miss each season.  As teams continue to manage injuries and player participation, single-game absences are also on the rise.


To promote player wellbeing and participation over an 82-game season, the NBA is seeking technologies that can help predict and mitigate injury risk, assist in injury prevention and management, and aid in injury diagnosis and treatment.  Possible solutions include biomechanical analysis software, AI-enabled injury risk forecasting models and precision sensing technologies.


The Fan Experience

Building Immersive Experiences

As a league with a young, tech-savvy fanbase, immersive and mixed reality experiences have become increasingly important to the league’s fan engagement efforts, helping to bring fans across the globe closer to the game. Developments in this space such as real-time 3D player and ball tracking data advancements have unlocked new and reimagined fan-facing experiences that allow fans to engage with on-court action like never before.


The NBA is seeking technology that can power 3D applications of NBA data in immersive environments on digital platforms, particularly on the NBA App.  Potential areas of interest include animation engines, 3D asset creation and user capture and creator tooling.


Enhancing the NBA Content Library

The NBA has an industry-leading content archive with dozens of petabytes worth of files stretching back more than 75 years.


To enable fans to experience the NBA’s rich history and compelling storylines in new and innovative ways, the league is seeking partners and technologies that can analyze and enhance video in this vast media database.


Uncovering Next-Gen Fan Insights

The NBA and WNBA have more than 1 billion fans globally.  As with all sports, though, the leagues’ relationships with fans are evolving.  Fans are increasingly captivated by the intersection of sports and culture and are engaging with NBA and WNBA content and athletes through a multitude of platforms.


In response, the NBA and WNBA are seeking technologies to analyze fan behaviors, uncover predictive insights to drive personalization, and identify new touchpoints (e.g., cross-platform content, customizable merchandise and opportunities for direct content creation).



For more information on the program and to apply for the 2024 cohort, please visit the NBA Launchpad website or email

Final set at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

MANILA (Philippines) - The pairing and schedule for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final is now confirmed following the successful conclusion of the Semi-Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena.


The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final will take place on Sunday, September 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

September 10

  • GER v SRB - 20:40 Local Time (12:40 GMT)

Germany v Serbia

Serbia have reached the Final for a second time, following the loss to USA in 2014. Germany will play in their first title game. Germany hold a 3-2 record over Serbia, winning twice in the 2019 World Cup European Qualifiers and once in the 2010 World Cup.


Third-place game

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Third-place game will take place on Sunday, September 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

September 10

  • USA v CAN - 16:30 Local Time (8:30 GMT)


USA v Canada

Canada will be aiming for their first World Cup medal as they reached the top four for the first time. United States will be shooting for their fifth bronze - and 13th overall podium finish. USA own a 21-1 record against Canada, losing only at the FIBA AmeriCup 2005. It’s their first World Cup matchup since 1986

The complete FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 final phrase bracket is here.

Go-time for FIBA and Asia's biggest natural mineral water brand Ganten with Global Partnership extension


MANILA (Philippines) - FIBA and Ganten have agreed to extend their strong collaboration until 2027 and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will take place in Qatar.
The extension of the partnership was marked with a special ceremony during the
 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Semi-Final game between Serbia and Canada at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

Asia's leading natural mineral water brand, Ganten, has enjoyed principal commercial rights and exclusivity in the water category across all FIBA competitions since 2018.

During the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Ganten supplied more than 270,000 liters of water in the three host countries. Ganten also provided reusable bottles for players at all 92 games of the World Cup and enjoyed strong brand exposure on the new innovative 
LED backstop units.
For many years, Ganten has been partnering with high-end sports events, connecting with consumers through sports and actively supporting the development of basketball. Having partnered with the domestic CBA league in China for many years the relationship with FIBA has seen them able to focus on simultaneously growing the sport and their brand worldwide. Ganten has leveraged its outstanding supply chain capabilities to export products to nearly 30 countries and regions.

Frank Leenders, FIBA Media and Marketing Services Director General, said: "We are really happy to announce the continuation of our partnership with Ganten as we have had an impressive collaboration with them since we joined forces in 2018. At events like the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which has taken place across three host countries, it is crucial for partners to activate both on the grand stage and within local communities."

He continued: “Our successful activations with Ganten have brought a range of benefits to both organizations, and we are determined to continue offering the best possible experience at all of our events."

Ms. Meihua Wang, General Manager of Ganten Brand Center, said: “Over the past six years of collaboration, Ganten has been providing high-quality natural mineral water to FIBA events worldwide, ensuring that players stay in their best shape during the games, contributing to the success of these events.

"Ganten and FIBA have advanced the development of global basketball together and built a strong friendship. This renewal is not just a business partnership but also a commitment to sport and social responsibility. Ganten aims to continue to actively promote basketball globally, providing exciting experiences for fans worldwide."

This agreement was brokered by FIBA Marketing, the strategic partnership between FIBA and Infront.

USA legend Sue Bird named Global Ambassador for FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2026


MANILA (Philippines) - As the most decorated FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup player ever, the iconic Sue Bird will now use her star power as the Global Ambassador for the 2026 edition in Germany.

The USA legend is the only player to have won the women's flagship event four times after accomplishing the feat by stepping out to land gold in 2002 in China, 2010 in the Czech Republic, 2014 in Turkey and 2018 in Spain. Bird also has five Olympic titles and was the flag bearer for her country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Delighted to be able to take on the new position, which was recognized in a special ceremony today in Manila, Philippines at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Bird stated: 
"I feel honored to be sitting here today. Women's basketball is at a really exciting moment and there is no better way to continue this momentum for me now than as a Global Ambassador for the 2026 World Cup. 

"Over the next two years, with the lead-up to the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Berlin, we are going to get to see a lot of basketball and growth for the women's game. And with the expanded field for 2026, there will be a lot more opportunities for players and national teams to dream and be ambitious and for fans to follow the journeys of their favorite players and teams."

Bird succeeds another iconic figure in the shape of Pau Gasol, who fulfilled the ambassadorial role at Sydney in 2022, a competition that was widely heralded as the best FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in history. The 2022 event had 1.1 billion impressions and 14 million engagements across global social platforms, with 145,000 spectators, which was the highest attendance ever at the competition.

Gasol gave a shining endorsement to Sue Bird and commented: "I have always enjoyed watching the women's game and it is something I feel very strongly about. Seeing the growth of the game, the differences and the progress made, with Kobe and Gigi as an inspiration, this is something that is very close to my heart, and it's important for me to continue to follow this path." 
Meanwhile, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis backed Bird to be a big success in the role. He stated: "Sue Bird is one of the first names anyone would mention when a discussion takes place about the greatest players in our sport, certainly, when it comes to the unprecedented success she has had at various FIBA Women's Basketball World Cups and Olympic Games in her incredible career.

"She gave the fans such great memories with her contributions when she was on the court and having a legendary player who knows what it takes to promote our next FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Germany is fantastic. Sue will inspire so many people in this position and we can't wait for her to make an impact."

The next FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup will take place during September 2026 in Berlin and will be played at two premium venues, namely Arena Berlin and Max-Schmeling Halle. The former was used for the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Final.

This will be the second time that Germany will host the women's flagship tournament, having previously done so in 1998.

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2026 will be played with an expanded field of 16 teams.

Re-watch the Global Ambassador Announcement Press Conference here 

Serbia and The Netherlands win
FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2023


JERUSALEM (Israel) - Serbia (men) and the Netherlands (women) won the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2023 in Jerusalem, Israel on September 5 - 7.

Serbia’s men continued their reign of excellence, winning their fifth straight gold medal as they defeated Lithuania 21 - 20 in a thrilling final.

Strahinja Stojacic scored a game-high 11 points, including the Maurice Lacroix buzzer-beating two to grab the win in a nail-biting affair. It would be one of many game winners for Stojacic who was unstoppable all tournament. He finished as top scorer for his nation with 42 points. His performance earned him the MVP award as well. 

Stojacic led the Team of the Tournament, joined by Lithuania’s Aurelijus Pukelis who was the top scorer for his side through the event, putting up 8 points in a losing effort against Serbia to win silver and Latvia’s Karlis Lasmanis who finished as the leading scorer at the event, dropping an incredible 16 points in a thrilling comeback victory against France to take home bronze. 

The Netherlands (Women) won their first-ever gold in the Europe Cup as they came away with a 21 - 18 victory against Spain in a back-and-forth final. Kiki Fleuren notched 10 points in the deciding clash while Loyce Bettonvil and Janis Boonstra combined for 14 rebounds. Noortje Driessen scored 6 points to cap off an incredible campaign that would see her win the MVP award. She led her team in scoring, finishing with 36 points throughout the tournament. 

The Dutch star headlined the Team of the Tournament alongside Spanish sharpshooter Juana Camilion who lost narrowly in the final to capture silver and Lithuania’s Kamile Nacickaite who led her side in scoring through the event while also scoring 6 points in a Bronze-winning effort against Portugal. 


Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the most thrilling urban sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court. 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

For further information about 3x3, visit, FIBA 3x3 accounts on FacebookInstagramSina WeiboTencentTikTokTwitterYouku , YouTube or contact



NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2023 – The NBA 2K League and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a groundbreaking partnership that paves the way for NBA players to promote the NBA 2K League and its 25 teams.  Through this marketing partnership and additional activations, NBA players will be featured in a wide variety of NBA 2K League and team promotions at league events, in content, on broadcasts, and during other league and team activities.  


We know that NBA players already love gaming and the NBA 2K videogame specifically, which makes us all the more thrilled to work alongside an innovative organization like the NBPA in launching this new initiative,” said NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue.  “This partnership will give NBA players a platform to promote the NBA 2K League in new and innovative ways and we can’t wait to see them bring their passion for NBA 2K to the NBA 2K League.”


“We are thrilled to team up with the NBA 2K League to bring new opportunities for our players to engage and interact with a game that so many of them love,” said Josh Goodstadt, Chief Commercial Officer of THINK450, the innovation and partnership engine of the NBPA. “This first-of-its-kind partnership between a players’ association and an esports league reflects our players' passion for gaming and we are excited to begin to bring it all to life this coming season.”




About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features 25 teams and the best NBA 2K players in the world.  NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Coinbase, Google, Loco, Meta, Mondelēz International, SAP, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, SPS, Wilson and YouTube.  For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit


About the NBPA
The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities. Business opportunities are generated by THINK450, the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA charged with managing the players’ group licensing rights.

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members, the NBPA Foundation provides support and assistance to persons, communities, and organizations around the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.

About THINK450
THINK450 is the innovation and partnership engine of the NBPA, dedicated to uncovering shared interests between the 450 players and leading brands to build more engaging partnerships. Together with its partners, THINK450 creates original ideas that engage fans, stir them to action, and earn brands the right to participate in cultural conversations. For more information, visit

Semi-Finals set at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

MANILA (Philippines) - The pairings and schedule for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals are now confirmed following the successful conclusion of the Quarter-Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena.


The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals will all take place on Friday, September 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

September 8

  • SRB CAN - 16:45 Local Time (08:45 GMT)
  • USA v GER - 20:40 Local Time (12:40 GMT)

Serbia v Canada

The 2014 runners-up Serbia have booked tickets to the Semi-Finals for the third time in the last four tournaments. Canada have already made history by securing their first-ever top-four finish. Serbia and Canada have never played against each other.

USA v Germany

Germany have reached the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2002 when they finished third. The five-time champs USA have advanced to the top four for the 15th time. Germany have never beaten USA in six encounters - including three World Cups (1986, 2002, 2006).

The complete FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 final phrase bracket is here.

Molten reveal exclusive Official Game Ball for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final


MANILA (Philippines) - FIBA's longest standing Global Partner Molten has unveiled the official game ball for the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, September 10.

Based on the
 BG5000 World Cup 2023 Official Game Ball, the Final version has been designed exclusively for the showpiece title game. It is not only engraved with the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 tournament logo but also has the prestigious Naismith Trophy in gold, as well as the date of the Final and a unique serial number.

As a special limited edition ball, only 1,200 will be made available to purchase in the Philippines from September 4, 2023. To make it even more unique and desirable, it will be packaged in a premium box with a gold plate and engraved with the serial number.
The Official Game Ball for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final
Frank Leenders, FIBA Media and Marketing Services Director General commented: "We are excited to be able to unveil this special official Molten game ball for the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The beautiful design certainly captures the significance of what will be a memorable occasion.

"We want to express our sincere thanks to Molten for the work they have done to add another special touch to our biggest ever event. FIBA really values the excellence and trust we share with them in a relationship that spans more than four decades."

Molten Japan’s Head of Brand Marketing, Noa Hasegawa, added: “It is a great honor to participate and contribute as FIBA’s Global Partner during this thrilling World Cup, which has moved the hearts of many basketball fans.

"As we head towards the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Finals, we are excited to unveil the Molten exclusive custom-designed ball. The ball features the ‘Passion Wave’ which symbolizes the wave of passion that basketball fans have for the sport.

"I would like to express our sincere gratitude to FIBA and all those involved for their unwavering support and we are sure that this ball will continue to bring fans together and expand the basketball community around the world."

The official game ball for the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 was revealed today in a special ceremony at the FIBA Fan Zone in Manila, with FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis in attendance. 

More details about the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Official Game Ball for the Final are available here.

Innovative LED Backstop by Schelde Sports and Unilumin Sports showcased at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

AUGUST 30, 2023

MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA Global Suppliers Schelde Sports and Unilumin Sports have taken part in an exciting collaboration to provide an integrated LED screen in the backstop for the first time.

The Super SAM 325 PRO LED product is being showcased at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, providing added exposure for FIBA Global Partners to showcase their brand to millions of fans around the globe throughout the prestigious event. 

The introduction of the Super SAM 325 PRO LED is further evidence of FIBA's continuous drive to embrace technology and innovation.

The development of the new backstop also highlights the cooperation between two FIBA Global Suppliers in bringing a concept to life, underlining the added value that working with FIBA can bring.
The Super SAM 325 Pro is the worldwide standard for excellence. It is designed and produced by the inventors of the original SAM (Spring Assisted Mechanism) and DSF (Dynamic Sub Frame) backstop units.

The diamond-shaped safety padding gives this backstop a unique look and with the Pro-Action 180-degree multi-directional breakaway ring, the Super SAM 325 PRO is a top-of-the-line model and is FIBA Level 1 and 2 certified.

Schelde Sports is part of the ABEO Group and its CEO Olivier Esteves said: "Schelde Sports shares a common goal with FIBA in the desire of developing and promoting basketball to make it even more popular worldwide. This is why we are incredibly proud to introduce the new Super SAM 325 PRO LED at a pinnacle event like the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"Including LED technology in traditional equipment is a hot topic nowadays, so therefore, we are very pleased that this new innovation is the result of a strong partnership between FIBA and Schelde Sports."

James Li, Vice President of Unilumin, said: “Since establishing ourselves as FIBA's official LED partner in 2019, Unilumin has been at the forefront of transformative display solutions, consistently elevating the spectator experience.

"This synergy of world-class basketball with our newest cutting-edge technology, the Backstop Unit Screens, reflects both Unilumin's and FIBA's unwavering commitment to offering a global audience a spectacle befitting a world-stage event."

Frank Leenders, FIBA Media and Marketing Services Director General, added: "FIBA places a lot of value in the relationships that we build with our Global Partners and Suppliers. With this in mind, it's even more satisfying when two of them, like Schelde Sports and Unilumin Sports, join forces to innovate and develop such a great product.

"This LED backstop provides other Global Partners with a platform for additional brand exposure, so it's a win for all."

Germany and USA win
FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2023


DEBRECEN (Hungary) - Germany (men) and USA (women) won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2023 in Debrecen, Hungary on August 30 - September 3.

Germany’s men took home their first-ever FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup gold medal after coming away with a nail-biting 20 - 18 victory against France. Fabian Giessmann was once again the difference-maker for Germany as he put up 10 points, including the two crucial free-throws with just a second left on the clock to lead his side to Gold and be named MVP. 

The German sensation was joined in the Team of the Tournament by France’s Evan Boisdur who put up 9 points in a losing effort in the final and Slovenia’s Jure Rener who finished as joint top scorer for his team with 34, saving his best game for the end as he scored 9 points in the thrilling Bronze Medal game against Estonia, scoring the last-second winner to lead his side to the 15 - 16 victory. 

USA's women won a record seventh title, the fifth consecutive in just ten iterations of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup as they came back strong from a four-point deficit to win 16 - 22 against France. Mikaylah Williams took home MVP for the third time in a row as she finished the tournament as top scorer with 54 points, also putting up 8 points in the final.  

The rising star led the Team of the Tournament yet again alongside France’s Charlotte Abraham who took home silver and Japan’s Maho Mitsugi who finished as her nation’s top scorer, accruing a whopping 11 points in the Bronze-medal game where Japan beat Lithuania 11-21.

Quarter-Finals set at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

MANILA (Philippines) - The pairings and schedule for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Quarter-Finals are now confirmed following the successful conclusion of the Second Round today in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan.


The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Quarter-Finals will all take place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 and 6.

September 5

  • LTU v SRB - 16:45 Local Time (08:45 GMT)
  • ITA v USA - 20:40 Local Time (12:40 GMT)

 September 6

  • GER v LAT - 16:45 Local Time (08:45 GMT)
  • CAN v SLO - 20:30 Local Time (12:30 GMT)

Lithuania v Serbia

The 2010 third place finishers Lithuania have not lost at the 2023 tournament and enter the Quarter-Finals with the momentum of beating United States. Serbia bounced back from their loss to Italy to reach the top eight for the fourth straight time, including second place in 2014.

Italy v USA

Italy will face USA after taking first place in the Second Round while the Americans will be hungry to bounce back from their loss to Lithuania to end the group stage. Five-time world champions USA hold a 12-2 all-time advantage over Italy.

Germany v Latvia

Germany have booked a top eight spot for the first time since 2006 while Latvia have reached the Quarter-Finals in their debut. Germany have a 3-2 advantage all time over Latvia, winning the last matchup at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011.

Canada v Slovenia

Canada reached the Quarter-Finals for the first time since 1994 and will be facing Slovenia, who are in the top eight for a third straight tournament. Slovenia and Canada have faced off just once - the Europeans winning in the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The complete FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 final phrase bracket is here.


- Events to Take Place on November 18-19 and December 16-17 - 

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (August 30, 2023) – The Chris Paul Family Foundation and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the third annual circuit of two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) events, the HBCU Tip-Off and Challenge, presented by the AEA Foundation. 

The  HBCU Tip-Off will take place November 18-19 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and the HBCU Challenge will be held December 16-17 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

HBCU TIP OFF (Uncasville, CT)                                       HBCU CHALLENGE (Las Vegas)


Saturday, November 18                                                    Saturday, December 16

5:30 PM ET - Cheyney vs. Virginia Union                       5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET - Texas Southern vs. North Carolina A&T

8:00 PM ET - Tuskegee vs. Winston Salem State          8:00 PM PT/11:00 PM ET - Jackson State vs. Howard


Sunday, November 19                                                      Sunday, December 17

6:00 PM ET - Consolation                                                3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET - Texas Southern vs. Howard

8:30 PM ET - Championship                                            5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET - Jackson State vs. North Carolina A&T

“As an HBCU graduate himself, Chris Paul has long been a prominent voice for the empowerment of HBCU athletes,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame is honored to work alongside Chris to create opportunities for these student-athletes, and we look forward to watching them play in two competitive weekends of basketball.”

Paul, an active philanthropist and entrepreneur, has actively supported HBCUs for years. He currently serves on President Joe Biden's advisory board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Paul executive produced Why Not Us: North Carolina Central BasketballWhy Not Us: FAMU Football, and Why Not Us: Southern Dance on ESPN+. In addition, Paul partnered with Harvard Business School to bring its Entertainment, Media and Sports program to select HBCUs to develop a pipeline for students pursuing careers in those industries. He launched HBCU voting initiatives to encourage students to vote during the past election and partnered with Sour Patch Kids and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to create The Mischief for Change Scholarship, a college scholarship fund with a $1 million commitment over the next five years for students attending HBCUs. In 2022, Paul graduated with a degree from Winston-Salem State University.

“We are looking forward to the third year of our HBCU events,” said Paul. “These events present a unique opportunity for student athletes to play on a national stage. I’m excited to collaborate with the Basketball Hall of Fame, Mohegan Sun, and MGM Resorts and am grateful to all of our partners for their commitment to HBCU schools and athletes in partnership with this event.” 

Tickets for the 2023 Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off and HBCU Challenge will both go on sale on Friday, September 8. 

Mohegan Sun Event Direct Ticket Links:

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Las Vegas Event Direct Ticket Link:

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Game times and television broadcast details will be released at a later date. For more information, please visit

Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

"We are extremely excited to be participating in the 2023 Chris Paul HBCU Tip-Off Tournament this upcoming season. We are honored to be able to represent Tuskegee University on a national stage, along with being involved in such a strong field of competition. We look forward to the early season test and appreciate everyone involved for the opportunity." – Benjy Taylor, Tuskegee

“It's an honor to be invited to the Chris Paul CP3 Tournament for the third straight time. I just want to thank Chris Paul and his foundation for giving Virginia Union Men’s Basketball the opportunity to showcase our talent on a big stage against some of the top HBCUs in the country. We are excited about defending our crown." – Jay Butler, Virginia Union

"We are so excited to be invited back to Connecticut to participate in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame/Chris Paul Family Foundation Tournament! It clearly is one of the best, if not the best, non-conference events in the country! The Hall of Fame and the Paul family do an excellent job accommodating the teams, and the facilities are second to none. It is one of the greatest experiences that we can provide for our student-athletes in their college careers! Our Ramily Alums will be there to support us as well. This is not an event that you want to miss. This year's competition will be filled with historic Institutions/Basketball Programs! Tuskegee has its own rich tradition with its institutions/program and the Wolves, Panthers, and Rams all have great institutions and national championships under their belts. It will be a great show!" – Cleo Hill, Jr., Winston-Salem State 

"We are excited and really looking forward to participating in this year's event. The HBCU Tip-Off is such a first-class tournament with national exposure. The opportunity for our team to come together and work toward a common goal on such a grand stage means a great deal to our players, coaching staff, athletic program, and university as a whole." – Gregory Smith, Cheyney University

“We’re excited to compete in this year’s event. Chris Paul has done a tremendous job in giving HBCUs an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of fans, pro scouts, and more. Coming off a MEAC Championship season, we can't think of a better platform to continue to show the world what makes The Dream Factory so special both on and off the floor. We’re honored to represent Howard University in Las Vegas, and we would like to thank Chris and the official sponsors of the event for the invitation." – Kenneth Blakeney, Howard

“We are excited to be selected to play in this showcase and provide our student-athletes with this incredible experience. The games will be extremely competitive and will prepare our team for a championship-caliber season.” – Mo Williams, Jackson State

"It's an honor to compete in the 2023 Chris Paul HBCU Challenge once again. Everything from the quality of competition, amenities provided and national exposure gained from the event was first class. Our team cherished the experience last season and looks forward to the 2023 Challenge." – Johnny Jones, Texas Southern 

“We are very excited to once again be a part of the Chris Paul HBCU Challenge. With all the hard work that Chris Paul is doing to help and highlight Historically Black Colleges, it is very meaningful for NC A&T to be able to play a role in those efforts.” – Monté Ross, North Carolina A&T State 

About Chris Paul

Chris Paul is a twelve-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold medalist. He was recently named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. In 2021, Paul became the first player in league history to record 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in their career. He ranks third on the NBA all-time career assists list. This season, Paul will be playing with the Golden State Warriors and has previously played with the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Hornets. Off the court, he’s a father, husband, entrepreneur, activist, author, and philanthropist. He served as the former President of the National Basketball Players Association from 2013 until 2021. Paul is a minority owner of the Indian Premier League's Rajasthan Royals and the Winston-Salem Dash in his home state of North Carolina, as well as the owner of the CP3 Basketball Academy. His production company, Ohh Dip!!! Productions, creates content across multiple platforms, and Paul has executive produced projects including Chapter 3CrossroadsThe Game ChangersBlackballedWhy Not Us: NC Central Men’s BasketballThe Day Sports Stood StillAmerican SoleWhy Not Us: FAMU Football, Why Not Us: Southern Dance, PlayersTV’s Front Office, Playdate, and 61. His recent New York Times best-selling memoir, Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court, is a powerful and unexpected memoir of family, faith, tragedy, and life's most important lessons. The Chris Paul Family Foundation continues to provide resources that enrich and strengthen underserved communities across the country. Paul co-launched the Social Change Fund United dedicated to investing in and supporting organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all black lives. He serves on President Joe Biden's advisory board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. His philanthropic efforts have earned him the 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” award, the 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, the NBA Community Assist Award five times, and was the first recipient of the Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of girls' and women's basketball, and advocacy for the WNBA.

About the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Mass., the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches, and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits, and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit, follow @hoophallU or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.



NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2023 – NBA referee Eric Lewis has informed the league office that he is retiring, effective immediately. In light of his decision, the NBA’s investigation into social media activity has been closed.

Field set for the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

AUGUST 30, 2023

MANILA (Philippines) - The 16-team field for the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 was confirmed on Wednesday, with six teams claiming the last remaining slots on the final day of First Round action.

Brazil, Georgia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Slovenia all moved into the second group stage with wins and can still dream of winning the 19th World Cup. The other qualified teams, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Spain, United States were known beforehand.

The Second Round games will take place in Jakarta, Manila and Okinawa.

All teams carry their First Round records into the Second Round, where they will compete for Quarter-Finals berths, with the two top teams of the four groups qualifying for the Final Phase. 

Here are the groups for the Second Round.

Group I: Serbia, Dominican Republic, Italy and Puerto Rico 

Group J: USA, Lithuania, Greece and Montenegro

Group K: Slovenia, Germany, Australia and Georgia

Group L: Canada, Spain, Brazil and Latvia.

The full schedule for the upcoming World Cup games is available on the World Cup website, where you can also find more information about the competition system

Dominican Republic have shown that they fear no one - and can beat anybody, too. Now, they will get to see how they handle powers Serbia while also getting to play Americas rivals Puerto Rico. After a perfect run in the exhibition season, Italy were beaten by the Dominicans and finished with a 2-1 record. They are now flying back under the radar in Manila's Araneta Coliseum.
In the Manila Mall of Asia-based Group J, United States continue their quest to get back the World Cup trophy. After going perfect in Group B, the five-time world champions will face two more European sides in Group D winners Lithuania and Montenegro after beating Greece in the First Round. The Greeks also managed to reach the second group stage with a 2-1 record.

Okinawa's Group K will have major drama as three big time teams - Australia, Germany and Slovenia - will be fighting for the two spots in the Quarter-Finals. Germany and Slovenia won their respective Groups E and F while newcomers Georgia hope to crash the party of the favorites.

Group L in Jakarta promises some major fireworks as reigning champions Spain will be facing high powered Canada and France-slayers Latvia from Group H. Joining the Spanish from Group G are Brazil who posted very solid performances in the First Round.

Australia clinched the first of seven direct qualification spots for Paris 2024 by locking in their status as the top-ranked team from Oceania, leaving six more tickets available – one each from the best national teams from Africa and Asia, and two per region for Americas and Europe.

Meanwhile, the 16 teams that did not make it past the First Round will continue their campaigns in the Classification Round 17-32, with direct qualification for the Olympics and the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments on the line as well.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will conclude on September 10 with the champions being crowned at the Mall of Asia in Manila.




 Preseason Matchup Will Mark 35 Years Since First NBA Games in Spain 


LONDON AND MADRIDAug. 30, 2023 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game against reigning EuroLeague champion Real Madrid at the WiZink Center in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at 8:45 p.m. CET, marking 35 years since the first NBA games in Spain in 1988.  The matchup will be the NBA’s eighth game in the Spanish capital and 20th game in Spain overall.


The Mavericks currently feature four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončić, who joined Real Madrid at the age of 13 and became the youngest-ever EuroLeague and EuroLeague Final Four MVP when he led Real Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title at age 19.  The Mavericks also feature 2016 NBA champion and eight-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.


Real Madrid features Spanish legend and former NBA draftee Sergio Llull as well as several former NBA players, including Rudy Fernández, Mario Hezonja, Džanan Musa, and Sergio Rodríguez.  Real Madrid has won a record 36 La Liga ACB championships and is the winningest team in EuroLeague history with 11 titles.


The matchup marks the first preseason NBA game in Madrid since 2016, when Dončić and Real Madrid hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder.  In 1988, the Boston Celtics played two games in Madrid against the then Yugoslavian Men’s National Team and Real Madrid.


Prior to the game in Madrid, the Mavericks will play two preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 5 and 7 as part of The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023.


“Bringing the live NBA experience directly to our passionate international fans is an important part of our year-round efforts to grow basketball and the NBA around the world,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum.  “We’re excited for the Mavericks to play Real Madrid and look forward to engaging with fans from Spain and across Europe around this historic matchup.”


“Following our preseason games in Abu Dhabi, we are thrilled to play the game we love for the MFFLs in Madrid,” said Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall.  “Our team is lucky to have one of the greatest international NBA ambassadors in Luka, and we look forward to connecting with Real Madrid and their fans.”


“Facing an NBA team is always special, but on this occasion even more so, as it will give us the opportunity to once again enjoy a Real Madrid legend and NBA star like Luka Dončić, who proudly carries the name of our club and presumes of being a Madridista wherever he goes,” said Real Madrid Ambassador Felipe Reyes.  “It will be a great spectacle and a very exciting moment for all madridistas and basketball lovers.”


Tickets for the game will go on general sale Thursday, Aug. 31.  Fans can check Real Madrid’s website for more information.  The game will air live in the U.S. on NBA TV and Bally Sports Southwest.  Additional broadcast distribution details will be available at a later date.


There have been 16 NBA players from Spain, including 2023 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Pau Gasol.  NBA games have aired in Spain since the 1987-88 season, and the league opened its office in Madrid in 2007.  NBA games are currently available in Spain on NBA League Pass via the NBA App, including 39 weekend games during the 2023-24 season that will air in primetime in Europe as part of the league’s “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays” initiative.


Fans in Spain can follow the NBA on FacebookInstagramX and YouTube, and download the official NBA App on iOS and Android for the latest news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more.  Fans in Spain can also purchase the latest NBA merchandise at