FIBA Changes World Champs to World Cup November 17, 2012 12:42

This week FIBA announced that it was altering the format of the World Championships, as well as re-naming the tournament, The World Cup.

FIBA re-names the World Championships, the World CUp.

FIBA has also decided to make some huge changes to the number of teams taking part. Moving from a 24 team format onto a 32 team format.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com explains:

"FIBA announced this week that its quadrennial World Championship, which starting in 2014 will be known as the FIBA Basketball World Cup, will skip its 2018 turn and move to 2019 to take the event "out of the shadow" of soccer's World Cup. As part of the shift, FIBA says the World Cup field is expanding from 24 teams to a record 32 countries and that seven of the 12 nations in the 2020 Olympics will qualify -- along with the host nation of '20 Games -- based on World Cup results.

Yet one of the more interesting changes to the international basketball calendar involves the introduction of six planned qualifying windows for the 2019 World Cup that will be staged in November 2017, February 2018, June 2018, September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. You'll notice, as you re-read that sentence, that four of those six windows take place at the same time that the NBA schedule calls for NBA players to play NBA games."

I can't see this format working can you? Who wants to see national basketball teams play without their main stars from the NBA. Surely if basketball is expected to grow around the world then the superstars from the NBA are the ones to draw in the crowds during these qualifying windows during the NBA season.

I guess we'll see how this pans out in the future, when these qualifying windows begin.