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Amadou Gallo fall joins the NBA as vice president of development in africa

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2010 – Amadou Gallo Fall is joining the NBA on January 25 to serve as Vice President of Development for the NBA in Africa it was announced today by Heidi Ueberroth, President, NBA International.

Fall will be responsible for leading the NBA’s efforts to help grow the game and participation in Africa working with the local federations and basketball entities.  He will oversee the NBA’s grassroots events and its partnerships with marketing, media and consumer products companies.  Fall will start in the NBA’s New York office and then relocate to Johannesburg, South Africa this spring. 

Fall previously worked for the Dallas Mavericks as Director of Player Personnel and Vice President of International Affairs.  Fall served as the team’s goodwill ambassador internationally and oversaw their scouting assignments.  For the past five years, Fall has traveled to Africa as an integral part of the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program, the NBA and FIBA’s global elite basketball development program that also uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.  Prior to his 12 years with the Mavericks, the Senegal native worked for the Senegalese Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Senegalese Basketball Federation.  The national team he assembled won the 1997 African Championship and participated in the 1998 World Championships in Greece.

“We’re pleased to have Amadou join the NBA and expect him to be a valuable contributor to the league’s international growth,” said Ueberroth.  “Amadou’s deep knowledge of basketball in Africa coupled with his 12 years of NBA experience provides a unique combination that will further develop the sport and our business in the region.”

Fall is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of the District of Columbia where he played center on the basketball team.

About the NBA

The NBA, founded in 1946, is a professional sports league and global business that features 30 teams in the United States and Canada.  During the 2009-10 season, NBA games will reach 215 countries and territories in 41 languages.  The league’s worldwide reach is also displayed in the 80 international players from 35 countries and territories on NBA rosters.  NBA merchandise is sold in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. averages more than 26 million page views per day, with more than 50 percent of the site’s visitors coming from outside of North America.  Through NBA Cares, the league, its teams and players have donated more than $115 million to charity, provided more than one million hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 440 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

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  1. baller says:

    Another chance for us to benefit from the NBA. Hopefully this time we will use it to our advantage.

  2. Luthando says:

    It is a good thing for Basketball in South Africa but I promise you it will be an opportunity missed like all the other ones we had. Back to reality…

    Is the a league in Gauteng this year? I have contacted GBA and BSA asking this same question not response so far. if yes please provide us with details and if not I am proposing that all teams representatives in Gauteng must meet and start a league because if we are waiting from BSA or GBA we are waisting time.

    I will be await responces

  3. Joe says:

    Hi Luthando

    The interim GBA exec is currently in negotiations with a service provider for the GBL 2010 season and have organised a general meeting to discuss the proposed structure on 13 February at Holy Family College, 40 Oxford Road, Parktown, 14:00.

    You are welcomed to attend the meeting to discuss your proposal for the league and other programmes for the year. For any enquiries on GBA please contact our General Secretary Kornelia.

    Joseph Mangadi – Interim GBA Programmes manager

  4. baller says:

    I hope pepole will attend unlike the AGM..

  5. GBA Sec Gen says:

    Hi Luthando,

    Who have you contacted at GBA that gave you no response? I would like to follow up with that person as we have made a firm commitment to acknowledge or answer (where we can) all requests for assistance or information.

    If you need to contact us, please do so on

    We currently do not have an office or phone lines but I can tell you that I’m pretty quick on email.

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, for which I have already received a ton of RSVPs. I think this is going to be a good one 🙂

    shap shap, K (aka GBA Sec Gen)

  6. baller says:

    eeeeeehhhhh, Luthando please come publicly and indicate who you contacted. back up your statement cos i only hope you not one of those that just hear shwashwi and react on that.

  7. TRUBaller says:

    Hi, this is great to know, I would like to get more information on the Marketing policies that they may have, I expect there to be better licencing terms for Africa as basketball marketing is at a very young stage at the moment.
    where can i get more information on things like commercial rights from the NBA. Just to stop at that, what will the exact address be for contact information.
    Keep up the good work