Basketball Wiretap

2019 FIBA World Cup Records TV Audience Reach Of Over 3 Billion People

Oct 3, 2019 2:45 AM

The 2019 FIBA World Cup broke a record with a TV audience reach of over three billion people.

The tournament also generated over 1.5 billion views on social media.

"The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 has been the World Cup of a new era and of new records. On the court, players set new standards and off the court we saw our largest ever audience reach on TV and social media. These record statistics are more than just numbers, they tell the human story of how globally-loved basketball is," said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

Over 800,000 fans attended 92 games during the tournament.

The final between Argentina and Spain had a worldwide TV reach of 160 million people. 


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Klay Thompson: I Would Love To Play For Team USA In Olympics

Sep 21, 2019 1:35 PM

Klay Thompson joined Golden State Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Draymond Green in expressing his desire to play for Team USA in next year's Olympics. 

“I would love to play (for) Team USA. That is the plan. I would love to be on the Olympic team," Thompson told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic.

Thompson and Curry played together in the 2014 World Cup, which Thompson said was a critical bonding experience for the duo.

Thompson echoed Gregg Popovich and Kobe Bryant's sentiment that world basketball will continue to be a challenge for the U.S.

“It was hard to watch us lose. Those guys, they sacrificed their summers for that. I’m not going to dog them for losing, though. The world is good.”

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

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USA Keeps No. 1 FIBA Ranking Despite 7th Place Finish

Sep 19, 2019 11:00 AM

The United States have kept their No. 1 ranking in the FIBA men's rankings despite a seventh place finish in this year's World Cup.

The top spot has been held by the United States for nine straight years since winning the 2010 world championship.

The FIBA rankings take results from the most recent eight years into account.

Spain remained at No. 2, while Australia jumped eight spots to No. 3. Argentina and France rounded out the top-5.


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Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio Leads Spain To 95-75 Win Over Argentina In World Cup Final

Sep 15, 2019 12:11 PM

Spain defeated Argentina 95-75 to win the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Ricky Rubio, awarded the tournament MVP, scored 20 points. Marc Gasol added 14 points on his way to becoming the second player to win a NBA Title and a FIBA Gold Medal in the same year.

Gabriel Deck lead Argentina with 24 points.

Rubio, Gasol, Luis Scola, Evan Fournier, and Bogdan Bogdanovic were chosen to the all-tourney team.


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Donovan Mitchell On Team USA: 'I Want To Be There' For 2020 Olympics

Sep 14, 2019 12:11 PM

Donovan Mitchell reflected upon his positive experience with Team USA during this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup, even despite their disappointing finish that included losses to France and Serbia.

"Everybody likes to look at the end goal, but when you sit back and reflect, I played on Team USA. That's incredible for me. I think that in itself is amazing. So yes, it was definitely worth it," said Mitchell.

Team USA finished in seventh place following their 87-74 win over Poland.

Mitchell added that he wants to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I think I have to wait for them to ask. But I want to be there."


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Sasha Djordjevic Steps Down As Coach Of Serbia National Team

Sep 14, 2019 11:45 AM

Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic announced that he will be leaving his position following their fifth-place finish in the FIBA World Cup.

Djordjevic said that he had made up his mind prior to Serbia's disappointing finish.

"I would've left the team after the World Cup even if we had achieved our goals. It was a decision I made before the summer," said Djordjevic after beating the Czech Republic. 

Igor Curkovic/FIBA

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