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Smart to serve as FIBA World Cup 2027 global partner


FIBA and the leading Philippine mobile services provider, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), have renewed their Global Partnership until after the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 in Qatar.

The four-year extension follows excellent cooperation between both parties, as well as Smart’s stellar promotional work for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Playing a pivotal role with their world-class and award-winning mobile network, Smart has delivered and influenced highly successful on-ground and digital activations, delighting basketball fans from all over the world.

The centerpiece was the spectacular transformation of the Mall of Asia Ball into a colossal basketball with a hoop, creating one of the most breathtaking and monumental basketball tributes ever seen at a FIBA event.

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To further drum up excitement for the world’s biggest basketball tournament, Smart also unveiled a 400-square meter 3D Billboard at Bonifacio High Street Crosswalk and launched an interactive billboard with augmented reality integration along EDSA, showing larger-than-life digital versions of players dunking on an actual rim installed on the billboard.2023-FIBA-WC-Gabe-Norwood Smart to serve as FIBA World Cup 2027 global partner Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news

While the main focus of the Global Partnership has been on the Philippines as co-hosts of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, it’s now set to expand. In this next phase of the collaboration, Smart will reach out to Filipinos all over the world with promotional campaigns, and there are many more exciting plans yet to be unveiled.

The new partnership agreement secures Smart’s further enhancements, including additional exclusive rights in the areas of digital and live streaming. They will be the presenting partner of ‘Chat Parties’ hosted on respective FIBA competition websites, the FIBA official mobile digital and media application for the competition, or another official FIBA digital media channel, accessible to users located in the Philippines.

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Smart will enjoy graphic integration on the live stream of official draws of FIBA competitions, as well as youth competitions, in addition to being the presenting partner of the FIBA ‘Power Rankings’.

The renewal was announced at a ceremony during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Final in Manila.

Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, commented: “FIBA had high expectations for our Global Partnership with Smart, and we are delighted that it has surpassed them. We have achieved such impressive results together, and they have been a strong driver behind the success of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

“The transformation of the Mall of Asia Ball was something special, and what has been most important is how they have harnessed the incredible passion and love the Filipino community has for basketball to help promote our sport. We are very excited and pleased that they will now continue to assist us with many more events, including the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2026 in Germany and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 in Qatar.”

“It is a huge honor for us at Smart to help bring the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to the Philippines and showcase the unmatched passion of Filipino basketball fans to the whole world. As we renew our groundbreaking global partnership with FIBA, we look forward to bringing more exciting and immersive experiences to the fingertips of our subscribers, powered by our world-class and award-winning mobile network,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart President and CEO.

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