Spalding – the producer of equipment for sport (from Springfield). The founder of this company is Albert Spalding who made the first basketball in honor of James Naismith, somewhere in the XIX-XX centuries. Since then the company started making basketballs, and balls for the National Basketball Association (NBA) – since 1983 Spalding – this first company which released balls for official games in basketball. In June, 2006 the National basketball association entered a new official ball. The novelty from Spalding had a new covering and design. This game ball allows better (according to the producer) to take and feel a ball during game. But at requests of most of players of NBA, on December 11, 2006 the ball was replaced nevertheless with last leather model.

Balls of Spalding firm play teams of the Highest basketball league, the Superleague, in league for children and young people, and in 2007 this company became the supplier of basketballs for BallReal (World tournament of streetball).

The Spalding company also provides basketballs for the consumer market.


One of the largest producers of basketballs is also the Wilson company. This company makes sports equipment in Chicago. It is well-known to productions of the high-quality basketballs which received names for the ability to absorb moisture during game. These basketballs use in the Moscow basketball league, in National association of student’s sport, and also them use in many school teams of the USA.

Wilson is now an official NBA ball. They replaced Spalding after long years of cooperation.

The Wilson company also provides basketballs for the consumer market.

Molten Corporation is a Japanese producer of goods for sport.

This company is one of the largest producers of basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs. The Molten basketballs, on an extent more than are used 20 years at the Olympic Games and in the European Superleague.

To the largest producers of basketballs also are:

the American company Rawlings which balls are used on tournaments in the Amateur sports union, and also in the largest streetball tournament in the USA.

The known company on production of sports goods – Nike. Basketballs of campaign of Nike use in games ULEB. In Philippines in National association of student’s sport, and also in University association in Philippines.