Synthetic Basketball

Description (Brief)
In the 2006 season, the National Basketball Association introduced a synthetic basketball to replace traditional leather models. The ball, made of a microfiber composite, was uniformly rejected by players and its use was discontinued after a mere three months.
This ball is an example of that failed experiment, provided by the Washington Wizards NBA franchise.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
basketball
date made
2006
maker
Spalding & Evenflo Companies
Physical Description
synthetic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in; x 21.59 cm
ID Number
2006.0235.01
accession number
2006.0235
catalog number
2006.0235.01
subject
Basketball
Sports
Professional
Invention
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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