- National Teams
The BBL and the WBBL have announced the adoption of the new Molten BG4500 basketball as the official BBL and WBBL game ball.
As part of their ongoing sponsorship agreement with Molten – who are also sponsors of the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic – the new BG4500 will become the official ball of both leagues in all Championship, Cup, Trophy and Play-Off games beginning with the 2020-21 season.
The adoption of the new BG4500 means that Molten’s distinctive, patented 12-panel basketball has been the exclusive and official ball of the BBL for nearly 15 years.
“We’re delighted to introduce the BG4500 to the BBL, and have the ball in the hands of the very best players here in the UK,” said Alex James, Marketing Manager, Molten UK and Ireland.
“It is a privilege to work with the fantastic team at the BBL, who are at the forefront of the game here in the UK. We’re excited for many more seasons of action moving forward with the BG4500.
“The BG4500 is an elite level basketball, utilising the grip pattern of a natural leather to offer superior grip for the highest level of play. We’re excited to see the ball used to it’s full potential in the BBL.”
Made from a premium composite leather, the new FIBA approved BG4500 delivers a new surface texture which gives the ball an optimum grip over the traditional pebble grip basketballs, even when in contact with sweat or moisture.
The original leather texture surface area in contact with the hand is wider by 95% compared to that of conventional pebble surfaces intended for better grip.
Andy Webb, Chief Operating Officer, BBL, added:
“We’re very excited to adopt the new BG4500 Basketball for the 2020-21 season. We really value our partnership with such a prestigious international sporting brand such as Molten.
“The high-quality balls that Molten provide fit perfectly with our premium sporting position and the Molten range allows easy access to branded balls for every member of our basketball family.
“The people in the Molten team are truly sporting professionals and also contribute valuable ideas and support to our league.”