BAA

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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.

 

Basketball

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All this time i have only been talking about NBA which right now is recognised as one of the major basketball leagues in the world but now I’m going to talk about how this sport came to be. I’ts long history began in 1891 when the game was invented.

James Naismith published 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of 18 into 2 teams of 9 players each and set about to teach them the basics of his new game of Basketball. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball, into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. The first public basketball game was played in Springfield, MA, on March 11, 1892.

The first professional league was founded in 1898. Six teams took part in the National Basketball League, and the first champions were the Trenton Nationals, followed by the New York Wanderers, the Bristol Pile Drivers and the Camden Electrics. The league was abandoned in 1904.Then, many small championships were organized, but most of them were not as important as some teams who played for money against challengers.

Then the two major leagues the BAA and the NBL merged to become the NBA , the most important basketball league in the world.