The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced a long-term extension of its partnership with sports and entertainment collectibles company Panini Group.
Under the terms of the deal, the Italian brand will continue as the trading card and sticker partner of North America’s elite basketball league, building on an agreement which first launched in 2009. It will continue to create and market consumer products such as NBA Hoops and Donruss, as well as high-end collectibles.
Sal LaRocca, the NBA president of global partnerships, said: “Panini America has grown the traditional trading card market both domestically and internationally, continuing to deliver industry-leading innovation, product development and marketing initiatives. Together, the NBA and Panini remain committed to offering Panini's premium NBA trading card offerings to fans around the world.”
Mark Warsop, chief executive of Panini America, added: “We're honoured that the NBA has entrusted us to be its exclusive trading card manufacturer for the last seven years, and this extension is a pivotal part of our exciting future. The NBA is a vital, vibrant part of our company and we look forward to a long, prosperous future.”
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