It was on December 1981 when Naismith came up with the first rules about the game that he originally called Basket Ball. He was then a physical education professor and teacher at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School at in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. The school is now known as the Springfield College. He went through many trial and error processes before he finally was able to carry out the first look of the game. Various improvements have been put in place to make the game more effective and more fun to watch and play through time.
But even before that time, women competed in a game that has since grown into a global sport. Tennis is one of the very few modern sports that women participated in almost from the start. The game was invented during the early 1870s in England. Only men could play, like most competitive physical activities. Then known as lawn tennis, it was a game made available for the rich and privileged.
There have been many changes and innovations that were implemented on the game to make it what it's like today since its conception. This is why many countries have also established their professional leagues. This is one good indication that the sport is indeed popular.
Heres a look at a few of the leagues that can be obtained at various countries where the sport is popular and many people are hooked about the game as well as the players.
Where Can We Go From Here?
This league is the fruit of the union of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. The American Basketball Association was created in 1967 and this actually was a threat on the NBA dominance. In 1976, another historical merge happened between the two groups that created a powerful lineup of teams and opened the way for the NBA to be hailed as the top professional league in the world when it is a question of this sport. It is the top when it is a question of various areas such as the popularity of the game and most of its players, the pay range of the players, the talent of those who're involved in the game and the degree of competition that it brings every time a game is on.
The first professional team was established in Shenyang, and was sponsored by the Anshan Steel Company. The Chinese Basketball Association, which is the more prominent league for men's professional basketball in China, was set up in 1995. The popularity of the sport touched new heights after Yao Ming joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a player for the Houston Rockets in 2002.
This league that in backed up by the NBA was formed in 1997. It suffered from a shaky start. However, it was able to get up above the rest and confirms its spot on the league. WNBA was able to seal a lucrative deal with ESPN for 2009 to 2016. This gets more viewership than the NHL and Major League Soccer according to figures.
This started in 1979 and it presently has eight teams from various parts of Australia and one from New Zealand. There are some players from the league that made it big in the international scene, such as Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Andrew Bogut, Chris Anstey, and Shane Heal.
This is known to become the second oldest basketball league in the world. Its first game was held on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. There were nine teams that participated on the initial season of the league.