Russell Brands recalls Spalding portable basketball goals after injuries

Photo source: CPSC

The backboard may fall, posing an impact injury hazard

Russell Brands of Bowling Green, Ky., is recalling about 13,400 Spalding Momentous EZ Portable Basketball Goals sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The welds in the arm attaching the backboard to the pole can fail and cause the backboard to fall, posing an impact injury hazard.

The firm has received 26 reports of weld failures including three backboards separating from the pole.

One injury involving the backboard hitting a consumer on the shoulder/upper torso and one injury hitting a consumer on the head have been reported.

This recall involves Spalding Momentous EZ Assembly Portable Basketball Goals.

The goals have a 50 inch or 54-inch acrylic clear backboard with a visible “H-frame” providing support behind the backboard, or a 54-inch acrylic clear backboard with aluminum trim, but no H-frame.

All backboard styles are attached to a black metal pole with a black metal arm. “Spalding” is printed on the front of the black base and “6E” is molded on the back.

The numbers 1010, 1011 or 1012 are printed to the right of the CAUTION statement on the front of the backboard.

The portable basketball goals, manufactured in China, were sold at Academy and Scheels stores nationwide and online at and from May 2021, through April 2022, for between about $400 and $600.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the portable basketball goals and contact Spalding to arrange for a technician to remove the original arm and install a new one on the goal system.

Spalding is contacting all known purchasers.

Consumers may contact Spalding at (800) 558-5234 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT) Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Friday, or online at for more information.

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