FIBA adopts major World Cup qualification changes, putting NBA participation at risk

Christian Petersen

The international basketball governance organization has radically shifted its qualification system and calendar. Where it leaves NBA players remains to be seen.

FIBA, the international governing board for the sport of basketball, on Sunday announced wide changes to the way teams will qualify for the World Cup following the 2014 event. Among those changes: the following World Cup will be held in 2019 as FIBA attempts to find some daylight by shifting off of the years in which FIFA's football World Cup grabs attention.

Most importantly, though, is that FIBA will qualify teams for the World Cup and Olympic tournament much as its football brothers do: through multiple qualification periods through the year. These periods will, for the 2019 World Cup, be in November 2017, February 2018, June 2018, September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. You may not that the NBA is typically in session in November, February and, for two teams, June.

Whether this means that NBA players will no longer participate in global basketball remains to be seen. If so, it's a huge dent to the sport.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.