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Encyclopedia > Professional Basketball League of America

The Professional Basketball League of America (1947-48) was a basketball league in the USA that was started in 1947 in response to the tremendous upsurge in interest in basketball in the era immediately following World War II. The organization was underfunded compared to its competitors, the Basketball Association of America, the National Basketball League, and even the American Basketball League; there was simply not room in the marketplace for four major professional basketball leagues. The PBLA folded without completing its only season.

PBLA Teams:

  • Atlanta Crackers
  • Birmingham Skyhawks
  • Chattanooga Majors
  • Chicago Gears
  • Grand Rapids Rangers
  • Houston Mavericks
  • Kansas City Blues
  • Louisville Colonels
  • New Orleans Hurricanes
  • Oklahoma City Drillers
  • Omaha Tomahawks
  • Saint Joseph Outlaws
  • Saint Paul Saints
  • Springfield Squires
  • Tulsa Ranchers
  • Waterloo Pro-Hawks

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National Basketball Association - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2476 words)
Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the National Basketball League, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play primarily in large arenas in major cities.
In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1954, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises, all of which are still in the league (the Knickerbockers, Celtics, Warriors, Lakers, Royals/Kings, Pistons, Hawks, and Nationals/76ers).
Following the recent changes to the National Hockey League's scheduling format, the NBA is now the only major league in North America in which all the teams play each other during the regular season, and where a season ticket holder can see every team in the league come to town in any one season.
BIGpedia - National Basketball Association - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (1314 words)
The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America.
The NBA, comprised entirely of white players and coaches upon its founding, became the first professional sports league to have a fl head coach in 1966, the first to have a fl general manager in 1972, and the first to have a fl franchise owner in 2002.
The league's several international offices and 30 teams are directed out of New York City (Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue) and Secaucus, New Jersey (home of NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios).
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