Spalding is an American sporting good company founded by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois, in 1876.The company specializes in the production of balls for many sports, but is best-known for its basketballs. Spalding also makes a range of products for baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and American football. Spalding developed the first basketball in 1894 and is currently a leading producer, it has been the Official ball supplier to the NBA. In 2006, Spalding and the NBA announced that they would create a new NBA Official Game Ball, with interlocking segments and made with a synthetic material instead of leather.

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