The NBA announced that it has named NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall as President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL). BAL is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa which is scheduled to play next year.
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“Amadou’s efforts to grow basketball and the NBA’s business across Africa have been extraordinary, and he is an ideal choice to lead the Basketball Africa League,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. “This historic initiative will not only further enhance the game in Africa but also provide new opportunities in media, technology, and infrastructure on the continent.”
The announcement about the NBA and FIBA’s launch of the BAL, which would mark the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America, was made at the NBA All-Star 2019 Africa Luncheon in Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Senegalese native joined the NBA back in January 2010 and helped open the league’s office in Johannesburg, South Africa in May 2010. Fall has also directed the NBA’s grassroots basketball development initiatives and partnerships with marketing, media, and consumer product companies in Africa.
Fall previously worked for the Dallas Mavericks, starting as a scout in 1998 before ultimately becoming Director of Player Personnel and Vice President of International Affairs, when he served as the team’s international goodwill ambassador and oversaw scouting assignments. He helped start Basketball Without Borders Africa in 2003 and served as Camp Director until 2010.
Fall will assume his role as BAL President immediately while assisting in the transition and search for a new Managing Director of the NBA in Africa.