Basketball Championships To Be Vuvuzela-Free

Kobe and Lebron won’t be at the World Basketball Championships, which start on August 28th in Turkey. Neither will any of the other NBA players who helped Team USA win the Gold at the 2008 Olympics. But if you’re still going to watch the tournament, here’s one consolation: No vuvuzelas. The organizers have banned the horns, saying that they’re “not appropriate in a confined space such as a basketball arena.”

The New York Times sounds off:

”We want fans to enjoy themselves and make lots of noise but not at the risk of spoiling it for others,” FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann said in a statement. ”The vuvuzela is simply not appropriate in a confined space such as a basketball arena. It’s a very loud instrument and some medical experts believe the decibel level and frequency can be harmful to hearing.”

The world championships begin Aug. 28 in four cities in Turkey. FIBA warned that the instruments will be confiscated by security and the ban will be enforced at all of its indoor tournaments, such as the women’s world championships this year. Anyone bringing a vuvuzela to a FIBA venue risks expulsion.

The championship series will be aired, vuvuzela-free, on ESPN 8, the Ocho. (Just kidding. It’ll stream on ESPN 3, or ESPN 360, or whatever it’s called now. Hmm, maybe it will be the Ocho after all.)

Vuvuzelas Silenced for Basketball Worlds []


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  1. trey says:

    World Basketball Championships… hmmmm

    the one country that produces the most NBA players will not be attending. Can you still call it the World Basketball Championships?

    and what the heck it the World Basketball Championships anyway? Never heard of them… they must be big.

  2. tundey says:

    Please don’t disparage ESPN3. It’s a pretty cool site. Imagine being able to stream live sporting events even if all you have is the most basic of cable packages? I have been able to use ESPN3 and Hulu to starve off the urge to subscribe to a more expensive cable package.

  3. Mike says:

    A closed arena full of these things, I can only think of one thing worse: I actually worked as an usher at an NSync concert years ago and the sound of 20,000 screaming teenage girls was probably the worst sound I ever heard, but this would be a close second.

  4. pantheonoutcast says:

    “It’s a very loud instrument and some medical experts believe the decibel level and frequency can be harmful to hearing.”

    And from the NYT article:

    “FIBA called the vuvuzelas ”controversial instruments'”

    Going out of their way to avoid calling them “noisemakers,” huh? I guess those plastic things people slap together at Angels games are “instruments” too. As well as air horns and “pounding on the seat in front of you.” And Shea Stadium’s “Cow Bell Man” is a virtuoso conductor…

  5. justagigilo85 says:

    Vuvuzelas are pretty inappropriate in open stadiums too.

  6. syzygy says:

    My dream is to flood the vuvuzela market with fakes made of an organic material that rapidly dissolves upon contact with the moisture in the breath of the moron “playing” it. People won’t risk being covered in a oozing mass of brightly-colored goo, so vuvuzela sales will dry up, and we will be forever rid of that blatting abomination.