Facts About Everybody’s Sports – Basketball
Basketball was adopted by the YMCA, in the late 1800’s, and was spread across the United States. The sport was then established in many women’s high school s, but within the same decade the YMCA stopped supporting the game because they thought it was too rough and attracted the wrong type of people. But the sport got attention from other groups and eventually it was being played in amateur sports clubs, colleges, and professional clubs. The first organizations that tried to take control of the game’s rules were the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States and Amateur Athletic Union, but the first professional league was created in 1898 called the National Basketball League , however it only survived for five years. By the 1920’s there were basketball teams through the United States, hundreds of men played on a professional basketball team in their town, city, or state. Team like the Original Celtics, the New York Renaissance Five (Rens) and the Harlem Globetrotters are still around today. The sport became so big in the collegiate level that the first national championship tournament was organized in 1937 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. One year later a championship for NCAA teams was organized, it was called the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). But with great things there are always others there to exploit it and basketball was no exception. Gambling scandals were widespread, between 1948 to 1951, where many players were implicated for point shaving or match fixing. In the beginning of the 20th century, basketball was perfect for the smaller high schools because of equipment and player requirements. Today almost every high school in the United States has a basketball team. Basketball is popular in large cities with large schools to rural areas.