National Basketball Association is also known as The NBA is one of the most demanded sports organisations in the world. Streaming in over a couple of highly paid TV channels and OTT platforms it surpasses almost every professional sports organisations in terms of TRP. The NBA history was not a warm one. In its early days, NBA has to suffer a lot of downfalls. In the early ’80s, NBA was troubled by money-losing franchises, low attendance, declining television ratings, and limited national appeal. The NBA was established back in the year 1946 in New York City. In the beginning, it was called the Basketball Association of America (BBA) until 1949, when it changed its name to NBA after merging with National Basketball League (NBL). The name was changed to avoid any lawful difficulties, though BAA’s directing body retained its role.
On 1st November 1946, the first match of NBA was played. The match, that took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in Ontario, took place between the New York Knicks and Toronto Huskies. Ossie Schectman, who played for the Knickerbockers, is one who went down in history as the person having scored the first basket in the NBA. There were many other professional basketball organisations before the NBA came to be, including the ABL, the NBL, and the BAA. However, this was the first league that carried basketball games to big platforms in the major cities. Throughout the initial years, the condition of the game in BAA was not so different from that of other autonomous clubs and competing leagues. Baltimore Bullets just after joining the league won the championship title in that same year, is one of the best examples we can give.
There were 17 franchises after the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. The league then condensed to 11 franchises in 1950, and next to 8 franchises in 1954. The eight franchises are the only ones to have survived in the NBA league to date. The NBA color bar was broken in the 1947-1948 season when Wataru Misaka, a Japanese-American, was signed for the New York Knicks. He was the alone non-white player in the NBA until 1950 when the Washington Capitals contracted the first African-American player named Harold Hunter. However, several other African-Americans were contracted in various teams during the same season.
USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States, the NBA is an active member of USAB. The association’s numerous international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices in Midtown Manhattan. The NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are guided out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey. The history of the NBA is already so interesting, anyone not knowing it will be surely surprised. The rise of the league marked a benchmark for it and created an unmatched standard for the game. The NBA is also considered as the highest paying leagues according to the player’s salaries.