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WATCH: How a Super Bowl game ball is made

WATCH: How a Super Bowl game ball is made

Photo: Associated Press/Rick Osentoski

Every NFL game ball is still made in America, mostly by hand. Official game balls for the NFL football Super Bowl XLIX are made at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio. The company has been the maker of the official NFL game balls since 1941.

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These photos were taken on Jan. 20 at the company’s factory, which opened in 1955, and according to Wilson is the only “dedicated football factory in the world.” Employing 120 people, the factory produces about 700,000 footballs annually, including all NFL games balls, and those for the NCAA and some high school conference.

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