On This Day In History- Aug. 3rd, 1949

On this day in history, August 3rd, 1949, the BAA (Basketball Association of America) teamed up with the NBL (National Basketball League) to create what we now know as the NBA (National Basketball Association). The Two leagues joined forces after few years of hard fought popularity between the two. Both were still starting up and beginning the growth process, but also knew that the other league was stunting one anothers growth and popularity. When the two leagues joined together to create the NBA, the league was able to grow without direct competition to hinder any of its growth. Could you imagine if the two leagues never teamed up and to this day we still had multiple leagues fighting for the crowd and player popularity? Basketball would not be the same.

 

Here is a clip of George Mikan highlights to help us look back on that time…

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