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.
Although there had been earlier attempts at professionalbasketballleagues, including the American BasketballLeague and the National BasketballLeague, 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.
The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professionalbasketballleague 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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