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Transcript of NBA
National Basketball Association
A merge of BAA (founded by: Walter Brown) and NBL (founded by: ???)
On this day in 1949, after a damaging three-year battle to win both players and fans, the rival Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The BAA incorporated in 1946, challenging the hegemony of the nine-year old NBL. The BAA established itself in bigger cities than the NBL, which existed only in small Midwestern cities like Fort Wayne, Sheboygan and Akron. While the NBL held its games in small gymnasiums, the upstart BAA played its games in large major-market arenas such as the Boston Garden and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. By the 1948-49 season, the BAA had begun to attract some of the country’s best players, and four NBL franchises--Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Rochester--moved to the BAA, bringing their star players with them. George Mikan, the biggest attraction in either league who by himself could virtually assure a team’s success, defected to the new league with the Minneapolis Lakers.
On August 3, 1949, representatives from the two leagues met at the BAA offices in New York’s Empire State Building to finalize the merger. Maurice Podoloff, head of the BAA since its inception, was elected head of the new league. The new NBA was made up of 17 teams that represented both small towns and large cities across the country. Through the 1950s, though, the number of teams dwindled, along with fan support, and by the 1954-55 season, only eight teams remained. That year, the league transformed the game with the creation of the 24-second clock, making play faster-paced and more fun to watch. Fans returned, and the league, now financially solvent, expanded throughout the 1960s and 70s. Today, the NBA has 30 franchises and attracts players—and millions of fans—from countries around the world.
Sales and Statistics
The average NBA team makes around 100 million dollars per year before expenses. Salaries take about 65% of the income, taxes and other expenses such as promotions take another 20%. so the average team makes about 15 million dollars a year in pure income. that does not include however the playoffs.
Where to get NBA tickets
Tickets can be purchased on many websites, however, the two more popular choices are: Ticket Master and of course, NBA.com
Ticket prices are between $50-$200 (for cheap tickets),
$250-$1,000 (better seating), and $8,000-25,000(courtside tickets)
sometimes courtside tickets cost over 20,000 due to a popular sold out game.
Fun Facts about the NBA
At 5'3", Muggsy Bogues is the smallest player to ever play in the NBA. Seeing as how he averaged just 8.3 points and 6.6 assists in four years at Wake Forest, one wouldn't think he was a first-round pick. One would be wrong, as the Washington Bullets selected the diminutive point guard with the 12th overall pick in the 1987 draft. He would go on to have a 14-year career, making his bones as a defensive threat and a decent passer. In terms of scoring, he only averaged 10-plus points three times. Still, he became something of a folk hero with his height, and has many fans to this day.
Dave DeBusschere may be best known as one of the best forwards of his generation, finishing his 12-year career with averages of 16.1 points and 11 rebounds per game. However, Deion Sanders better move over. DeBusschere was also a two-sport athlete who spent two seasons in Major League Baseball as well. A pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, DeBusschere spent two years with the team. Over that stretch, he went 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Now we know why he switched to basketball, I guess...
"I could have been a doctor, and now I'm stuck in Los Angeles sharing the ball with an egomaniac named Kobe. HELLLLLPPPPPPPP!"
Gasol's face says it all in this picture.
More fun facts about the NBA
Believe it or not, the fan-favorite three-point shot wasn't always in the NBA. It, in fact, started in the ABA, which was known for more flashy play and showmanship. The NBA didn't adopt this new rule until the 1979-1980 season. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Game with the Largest Margin of Victory Involved the Cleveland Cavaliers
The date was December 17, 1991 as the Cavs dropped the hammer on the Miami Heat, 148-80.
Mark Price and John Battle led Cleveland in scoring with 18 points apiece.
Wilt Chamberlain Is the Only Rookie of the Year to Lead in Scoring
Wilt the Stilt averaged 37.6 points per game that year, playing for the Philadelphia Warriors. He also led the league with 27 boards per contest.
Some famous people watching the NBA
Why should you watch NBA
Is that even a question?
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More famous people watching NBA
Quotes from the NBA
"It's hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it's definitely impacted the league."
- Michael Jordan
"It's been a journey, the NBA. It's taken me a lot farther than I ever expected."
- Larry Bird
“Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.”
- Magic Johnson
The first four games of the series featured commentary from fictional announcers "Bob Steele" and "Rod West" (voiced by Bay Area sports radio personalities Bob Fitzgerald and Rod Brooks who works at KNBR 680 San Francisco. They also host a radio show called "Fitz and Brooks"), but since NBA 2K3 the game's announcing team has been something of a revolving door, featuring commentary from the likes of Bill Walton, Tom Tolbert, Kevin Frazier, Michele Tafoya, and Bob Fitzgerald. The color and play-by-play commentary in NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, and NBA 2K8 is provided by Kevin Harlan and Kenny Smith, with Craig Sager providing sideline reports. Peter Barto is the PA Announcer. NBA 2K9 features commentary from Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg with Cheryl Miller as the sideline reporter on most versions of NBA 2K9 and NBA 2K10. Starting with NBA 2K11, Doris Burke replaces Miller as the sideline reporter on most versions of the game. On most versions of NBA 2K12, Steve Kerr joins Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg in the commentary booth. On the PlayStation 2 versions starting with NBA 2K9, no sideline reporter is featured in the game, while on the PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K12, Kerr does not join Harlan and Kellogg. In 2002 Sega implemented the American television network, ESPN's brand with their Sega Sports video games. The ESPN brand was used for 3 games, with the second game even being renamed ESPN NBA Basketball, until ESPN signed a 15-year deal with EA Sports.
NBA 2k (continued)
In 2005 Sega sold the NBA 2K series along with Visual Concepts to Take-Two Interactive. The series is currently published by 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two. The PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K7 was the first version to support motion sensing controllers with a free throw shooting mechanic that has the player move the Sixaxis controller in a motion similar to a real free throw shot, but was discontinued for later games in the series. The series has been present on the seventh-generation of consoles starting with the release of NBA 2K6 for the Xbox 360 in November 2005. NBA 2K11 was the first installment in the franchise to have support for stereoscopic 3D screens, although this feature was made available via an update only for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. NBA 2K12 became the first game in the series to have "built-in" support of 3D for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, and the first to include motion controls using the PlayStation Move.
NBA Live is a series of basketball video games, published by EA Sports. It is the successor to EA's previous NBA Playoffs and NBA Showdown series. Its main competitor is the NBA 2K series. After the release of NBA Live 10, EA attempted to retool the series under a new name with NBA Elite 11. However, the game was met with bad publicity and development problems before release and was cancelled (though a playable demo was released for download). In November 2010, development of the franchise was moved from EA Canada studio to Florida-based Tiburon studio. It was eventually announced that the series' next installment would be released in Fall 2012 and would return to the NBA Live name, however on September 27, 2012 EA announced they would cancel the release. Although, the game would officially return with NBA Live 14 in the fall of 2013.
NBA 2k14 vs. NBA LIVE 14
Metacritic - 37 (critics) 3.2/10 (users)
IGN - 4.3/10
Metacritic - 87 (critics) 5.1/10 (users)
IGN - 8.9/10
MEET THE TEAMS
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sources: ww.NBA.com www.wikipedia.com
Created by: Manuel Alfonso
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