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History of Basketball

Basketball is one of the most well-liked of all sports, and the history of basketball shows how it quickly rose to be the popular game it is today. Basketball is liked by men and women and boys and girls of all ages, nationalities and education levels. Basketball is a highly favored sporting activity, with both players and observers from all over the world.

The History of Basketball - The Beginning

Basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith - aka "The Father Of Basketball" - over 100 years ago, in 1892, and the first official game of basketball took place in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on April 8, 1893. There were only two basketball teams when the sport originated and began gaining attention: Geneva College and the New Brighton YMCA.

The History of Basketball - Popularity

Grows Basketball grew in popularity so quickly, that at least 360 basketball teams came into being by 1914, forming at colleges around the country. In 1939, the original NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship was played, and the winning basketball team came from the University of Oregon.

The History of Basketball - The Pros Enter The Picture

Professional basketball had its official beginnings when the National Basketball League came into being. Organized by Barney Sedran and Ed Wachter in 1898, the NBL had several teams. The Buffalo Germans and the Boston Celtics became two of the best pro basketball teams right from the beginning. In the 1930s, both the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Renaissance experienced their share of success.

The 1930s also saw the emergence of women's basketball, and the female stars of the day included Babe Didrikson and Alline Banks Sprouse.

The History of Basketball - TV Boosts the Popularity of Basketball

The 1940s brought the first televised basketball games, and through television the game was opened up to a nationwide audience. Madison Square Garden played host to the premier TV game, where teams from Fordham and Pittsburgh challenged each other. This original broadcast released a floodgate of basketball fans from across the country, and basketball became a favorite TV sport, illustrated each year by the frenzy over the NCAA tournament held to find the best U.S. college basketball team.

Basketball is still wildly popular today. Fans love to play and watch the game of basketball, and the annual NCAA Championship seems to gain a wider audience every year. Superstar players can be found on all of the teams - both college and professional - and they continue to inspire and excite basketball fans the world over.


 

 

 

 

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