Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  19 responses

NBA, FIBA Reportedly Want to Create a ‘World Cup of Basketball’

We’ve heard David Stern and some NBA owners (most notably, Mark Cuban) propose major changes to the participation of high-level NBA talent in the Olympic Games. According to Yahoo! Sports, this is largely based on what most things in this world are: money. And lots of it. The NBA and FIBA are reportedly exploring an idea that’s been branded as the “World Cup of Basketball”: “For months, the NBA has been discussing an end to the Olympic basketball Dream Team movement and delivering its superstars to a proposed rebranding of the world championships called ‘The World Cup of Basketball.’ For the use of its most marketable players, the league office and many NBA owners are determined to create a financial partnership with FIBA for a World Cup that would allow the NBA to significantly share in the windfall of revenues. ‘The owners would be a lot more comfortable letting star players play internationally if they’re sharing in the revenue,’ one league said As constituted now, the International Olympic Committee has control of the Olympic basketball tournament and most of the revenue it generates. Stern says the NBA will take time to deliberate how it will proceed in the future, but multiple league and international sources insist there’s little chance the league will ever send its best players to the Summer Olympics beyond the 2012 London Games. The NBA has long wanted to best protect its financial investments in players by better controlling the medical and training staffs used in international competition. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he isn’t aware of the NBA’s specific intentions in possibly moving its star players to the rebranded World Cup, but says he has lobbied for much more complete control of the tournament. He sees no reason to partner with FIBA or anyone else. He wants the NBA to own, operate and profit on a global tournament using the league’s stars. ‘The question is: Why would we partner with a current tournament rather than start our own?’ Cuban said. ‘If done correctly, it can be NBA-owned and operated and have the potential to be just as large as the World Cup of soccer. That is a product, in my opinion, we want to own, not share. I don’t know what the NBA plan is, but the above is what I will be pushing for.’”

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  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    God I hate David Stern. Leave ish alone man. When the Olympics come around I only look forward to three things: track and field, boxing and the basketball tournament….ok actually four: women’s volleyball (drools)

    Greedy SOB’s the whole lot of ya

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    This story made sense up until Cuban started talking. USA Basketball would be a separate entity in an NBA controlled international tournament? How the hell would that work? Is this an inter-nation tournament, or an international club tournament? And in either case who would be the players for USA Basketball? I presume not NCAA players as they’d be a separate body too, right?

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    Mind you, this could provide answers to the questions bugging us all season (and that we’ve never asked) – could the Washington Wizards defeat Kentucky in a winner-takes-all exhibition game? Could the Americas Qualifying Round USA Basketball team beat anyone not from Mexico? Could the Melbourne Tigers beat any pro team from the Puerto Rican league? In the new Mark Cuban International Fantasy League WE have the answers!

  • bdogg

    in theory a good idea but reality this is terrible. i will start this chant now! stern must go! team usa already has to make a 3 year commitment. what more do you want. i do not want logos on jerseys like in euripe it is tacky and this number 2 looks like an alien from MIB. get rid of everyone! i want a fresh voice..bird would be great! i would even go chuckster thou i am not sure he would want the gig!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I thought David Stern said he’ll be out in a few more years…

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Good luck “convincing” players to go – the Olympics are under the umbrella of patriotism and duty, which is exactly the kind of guilt trip needed to make millionaires give up their precious summers. But an entire “league” with its own championship that quite literally means squat? Now you’re just being greedy, Stern.

  • Heals

    Translation: We’ve found a way to make even more $$$ off our players in the disguise of patriotism and world wide competition…

  • MtotheS

    Money money money money….. Greedy!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Valid point, 1982…

  • MikeC.

    Am I the only one that read this as FIBA partnering with the NBA to have the Olympics reserved for amateurs and them simly re-branding the FIBA World Championships to The World Cup of Basketball and having that for the pro’s? I think this is a good thing. Less demand on the pro’s so they’ll be more likely to want to play.

  • http://Slamonline.com 19821982

    The difference is that There is a fundamental reason to play in the Olympics. Why would they want to waste time in an international D-League?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Don’t they already have the FIBA Americas for that?

  • Shane

    Why not use the same model as the champions league in soccer, the top 4 teams from each league in the world compete in a tournament or better yet 20 game season that coincides with their own reg season

  • LA Huey

    MikeC, that’s how I was understanding it. And I don’t have a problem with the NBA having a controlling stake of a competition in which their players play. The schedule in this tournament would be a lot better for NBA players too.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I mean but mikeC I kind of want to watch the best basketball possible (or close to it) during the olympics, not “ameteurs”….but with that said but this is still kind of dope.

  • http://slam Steven

    Cuban is wrong they need FIBA or the whole looks like a money grab like the baseball classic with a Italy team filled with guys from Jersey. Also in what world does Cuban think 214 countries in the world would care about a basketball world cup. Yes if done right it could become huge in this country, but most nations will have a hard time finding 11 freaks of nature that can play the game.

  • Ben

    Cuban is mental if he thinks it’s remotley possible for the NBA to be as big as the FIFA world cup.

  • ab40

    This is all Mark Cuban, I bet the fiba is not that involved. And the Olympic Commitee is not pleased with this. Hell I’d rather have the real American team play at the Olympics than a World Championship with even more commercials.

  • http://nope Nomena


    Maybe the dream of M. David Stern is good, but the NBA is not in the same level as the FIFA. FIBA is.
    FIFA is the United Nation of football and every nation accept its authority. The NBA is just an american league of basketball.
    To go internationally, the NBA must pass through US Basketball, then FIBA.
    And we have problems with M. Cuban”s idea. Maybe, he have to learn more about the world of football and the FIFA. No country will accept the authority of the NBA as they do to FIFA.
    But if the american want to create a world class competition, they have to work with the Europe. Europeans are the only nations in this world who have the philosophy and the vision of how to create a world competition.

    In Superbowl, and the baseball World series, only teams and cities in the United States of America get involve. Most of the nations dont even know the existence of baseball, so how could they know the World serie ? Same thing for american football. They have their football (foot + ball).