A group of public health organisations in the US have challenged the National Basketball Association over its recent decision to allow spirits advertising and alcohol promotions for affiliated basketball teams.

The organisations, led by not-for-profit health advocacy group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), said yesterday (9 February) that the increased presence of alcohol advertising at NBA basketball games  "would promote drinking liquor to thousands of underaged fans and link professional basketball to drinking liquor".

"The NBA congratulates itself on its youth-outreach and community programmes, yet it is poised to increase its profits by exposing young fans to more ads for rum, whiskey, vodka, and of course, beer," said Tracy Downs, manager of CSPI's Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV.

The groups have collectively written to NBA commissioner David Stern to voice their concerns.