Who started the National Basketball League?

The league was created by three corporations: General Electric, Firestone and Goodyear. It was primarily made up of Great Lakes area small-market and corporate teams.

Why did the NBL and BAA merge?

With higher salaries and bigger arenas, the better players were choosing the BAA over the NBL. Since the NBL consisted of primarily small market teams with limited resources, pressure came to bear on NBL owners to seek a solution. That solution can in the form of a merger in 1949.

How did basketball spread through the US so fast?

Basketball became popular very quickly and its popularity spread widely. The graduates of the YMCA school traveled across the country and introduced their new game to people in towns and cities across the land.

What color was the first basketball?

The first balls made specifically for basketball were brown, and it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball that is now in common use.

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