The FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup, also known as the FIBA World Cup, (between 1950-2010, it was referred to as the FIBA World Championship), is an international tournament comprised of the senior, male teams of the FIBA association, the global governing body of the sport of basketball, and considered to be their flagship event.
From 1970 to 2014, both the FIFA World Cup and the FIBA World Cup were played in the same year. However, the FIBA World Cup was changed so that it occurs the year following the FIFA World Cup (ostensibly) to avoid scheduling conflicts, however, it is likely that part of this decision was to increase excitement for each event, which may be slightly diminished given that they occurred in the same year.
The inception of the event was in 1950, at a meeting during the 1948 Summer Olympics, in an effort to replicate the success of the already existing FIFA World Cup, giving sports fans additional international competition between the Olympics. The first event was held in Argentina, who were also the winners of the championship, beating out all teams en route to success.
Until 1994, only players considered ‘amateur’ were allowed to register for the event, which prevented NBA players from participating. Prior to that, only European and South American teams were allowed to participate, as they were not considered professionals. By enabling NBA players to participate, there was increased equality in the skill levels of the teams, and so the decision was made to increase the number of participating teams to 24 for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
The qualification process for the event has varied throughout its history. From 1970-2014, FIBA hosted tournaments were run in different continents throughout the world, such as the FIBA EuroBasket, FIBA AfroBasket and FIBA AmeriCup, to ensure parity and diversity between the teams. Moreover, the host country and reigning Olympic Champions automatically qualified, and four ‘wildcards’ were distributed by FIBA.
As is to be expected given their powerhouse of a domestic professional league, the United States is the most successful team in the history of the league, with 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. Followed closely is Yugoslavia, and just behind them are the Soviet Union, two nations who no longer exist. Oscar Schmidt is far and away the leading goal scorer of the event, coming in at 843 career points within only four tournaments, between 1978 and 1990.
The FIBA World Cup amasses a gargantuan viewer base each tournament, not unlike the FIFA World Cup. The 2010 event boasted over 800 million viewers from 171 countries, across television and online streams of the event. 30 million of those views came from people watching via FIBA’s official website and broadcast of the tournament, and the tournaments since then have retained similar numbers of viewers.
How To Watch Basketball World Cup NZ
The 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will begin on the 31st of August and end on the 15th of September, will include 32 teams in total. A live stream of all games will be available.
We have no idea who has the rights to the tournament in NZ, it doesn’t appear anyone has them.
- Australia: Kayo Sports / Foxtel
- International: LiveBasketball.TV
- United Kingdom: LiveBasketball.TV
You can buy a monthly subscription to watch the entire tournament with LiveBasketball for only $9.99 USD.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch LiveBasketball.TV you need to use an international VPN such as from the USA, UK or CA.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in US then you can buy a VPN and choose an US server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing AA Polo. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose USA Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a USA based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Los Angeles.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via USA.
You’ll now be able to go to the official basketball live stream website and pay $10 for a monthly subscription and watch the live stream instantly after account creation.
Step 4: Start Watching Basketball World Cup Live & On Demand
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.