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Walter Brown, owner of the Boston Garden, believed that major ice hockey arenas, which sat empty on many nights, could be put to profitable use hosting basketball games when there were no ice hockey games to be played. To put this theory into practice, the BAA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946. Maurice Podoloff, who was already serving as president of the American Hockey League, was appointed president of the BAA, becoming the first person to simultaneously lead two professional leagues.

The owners of the BAA, while experienced businessmen, had little practice at owning basketball teams.The league started with 11 teams, which played a 60-game regular season. This was followed by the playoffs and the final series to determine the league winner.Similar to Major League Basketball, nobody expected signing or drafting black players.

 

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