The Origins of the Basketball World Cup

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is also known as the FIBA World Cup of Basketball or simply the FIBA World Cup, is a major international basketball competition that is contested by the men’s national teams of the members of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport’s global governing body. It is considered to be the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation and enjoys vast media coverage and spectator support. The championship has been held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1950, except for two occasions.

The structure of the tournament is similar to that of the FIFA World Cup, and both of these international competitions were played in the same year between 1970 and 2014. The parallel event for women’s teams, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, is also held every four years, and between 1986 and 2014, the men’s and women’s championships were held in the same year, though in different countries. The current format of the tournament, much like the FIFA tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation. The winning team receives the Naismith Trophy, which was first awarded in 1967. The current Basketball World Cup champions are the United States, who defeated Serbia in the final of the 2014 tournament.

A Crucial Date Change Made

However, the dates for the Basketball World Cup have now been altered. After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup championships, the men’s World Cup four-year cycle was changed in order not to clash with the more popular FIFA World Cup. The next men’s Basketball World Cup will therefore now be held in 2019. The women’s championship, which was renamed FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup post the 2014 tournament, will remain on the previous four-year cycle, with championships in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

The 2019 Event in China

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 18th World Cup tournament. China and the Philippines were the two final countries bidding for the tournament. The tournament will be hosted in China and this venue selection has been described as marking a new era for this competition.  Already, the group stage will be expanded from 24 to 32 teams creating a larger, more competitive environment and housing many of your favourite players seen at mobile NBA betting sites online. China believes that hosting the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will inspire a lot of people and particularly more young athletes to participate in basketball, and grow the game in this huge market. This promotional aspect to the Basketball World Cup is evidenced with China nominating eight cities to participate in the hosting of the event.

Direct Involvement

The online popularity of sports betting offers a way with which fans can become involved with the Basketball World Cup. The internet, mobile phones and a massive community of punters from around the world realise that the great sporting events, which have commanded our attention for so long, are not only available to watch on line, but also offer some of the very best wagering opportunities. The improved coverage of all major international sports events, like the Basketball World Cup facilitates an entire range of virtual involvement and sports betting options.