Backstreet Boys Vs. NSYNC: Who Would Win In A Basketball Game?

Don’t adjust your calendars. It’s not 1999, but it is the start of a new battle between Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. Grab your Tiger Beat and put on your new lip gloss from Claire’s, it’s time to choose sides.

NSYNC’s Joey Fatone was recently caught on camera by TMZ and questioned over whether his boy band NSYNC could beat their ultimate rivals aka Backstreet Boys on the court. Fatone says NSYNC would easily dominate the game, this he promises you. Actually, he said “There’s no think so. You tell that to Nick Carter.”

Oh snap.

If a basketball game between the two boy band rivals were to take place, it wouldn’t be the first time. The Backstreet Boys and NSYNC squared off against one another back in 1997 at a charity match, but it’s not 1997 anymore. That means 1997 bodies are now 2018 bodies. So, let’s look at the facts.



Justin Timberlake may still be playing the Super Bowl and selling out concerts around the world, but what about the rest of NSYNC? Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick haven’t performed in years, although Lance Bass recently tried to go to space and you have to be in pretty good shape for that trip. On the other hand, Backstreet Boys have been performing at their residency in Las Vegas, which means all five members are in fighting shape.

Point: Backstreet Boys


Albums Sold

The Backstreet Boys have sold 130 million records worldwide, making them the greatest selling boy band of all time. While this may seem like an advantage, it also means that NSYNC have more to prove.

Point: Backstreet Boys



NSYNC are famous for their reluctance to reunite on stage, and when we say their reluctance, we mean Justin Timberlake. Not cool, JT. BSB continue to tour and perform together, with members taking time off to pursue solo endeavours and always returning to the group. That kind of brotherhood has got to make for better teamwork on the court. It’s what every sports movie is about.

Point: Backstreet Boys



It’s the ultimate boy band question, but declaring which group has the bigger fan base is something wars have been started over. BSB continue to play for their fans, while NSYNC fans had better hope they like whatever new album Justin Timberlake is promoting. NSYNC fans are more starved for content from their chosen five-piece, which could make a basketball game that reunites the group the biggest ticket of the year/decade.

Point: NSYNC

By our calculations, it looks as though the game would easily go to Backstreet Boys, but as always, social media has some thoughts as well.

The Ringer writer Shea Serrano has made his stance clear.

There’s some debate over how the game would end up if played inside versus outside.

Oooooo big NSYNC fan here.

There would have to be some spring training ahead of the game.

Let’s not forget about the possibility of a third (almost full) team.

Then there are some fans who would rather leave the boy bands in the past.

FYI, Nick Carter is in. Let’s. Do. This.