During All-Star weekend, it was introduced that the NBA will now be partnering up with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to launch a model new skilled basketball league within the continent of Africa. This is a large growth for the league because it makes an attempt to broaden its world attain. According to Complex, 12 groups will likely be representing 9 international locations together with Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia.
“The Basketball Africa League is a vital subsequent step in our continued growth of the sport of basketball in Africa,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver defined in an announcement. “Combined with our different applications on the continent, we’re dedicated to utilizing basketball as an financial engine to create new alternatives in sports activities, media, and know-how throughout Africa.”
The announcement of this new league was met with cheers, particularly by former president Barack Obama who mentioned “I’ve at all times cherished basketball as a result of it’s about constructing a crew that’s equal to greater than the sum of its elements. Glad to see this growth into Africa as a result of for a rising continent, this may be about much more than what occurs on the court docket.”
In order to qualify, chosen groups must take part in a event, with the qualifiers making the soar to the model new league. The groups being chosen exist already in their very own leagues however are being given a possibility to stand up.
This is the primary time the NBA has tried a league of its variety.