By Murry R. Nelson
This ebook examines the yankee Basketball League and its brief historical past, starting with its belief in 1959-60 and its seasons of play, 1961-1963. The league used to be the 1st to take advantage of a trapezoidal, wider lane and a 30-second shot clock, in addition to the 3-point shot. With a crew in Hawaii, the league created an adjusted time table to deal with the outsize distance. Many avid gamers resembling Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches corresponding to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later discovered their method to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for vast popularity of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in an important expert league as they either debuted within the ABL.
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The All-American Football Conference began in 1946 and merged with the NFL in 1949 as the National-American Football League. This was one of the ﬁrst indicators that there was room for other professional leagues, under the right conditions. In addition it was important to note that professional football was far less popular than major league baseball in terms of both total attendance and professed favorites. 1 In the immediate post-war period, baseball’s popularity was even higher although there was not the same “ofﬁcial” designation.
First was the aforementioned television contract. It was true mutualism as the two parties both needed what the other could provide. For the AFL, it was exposure; for ABC, it was a sports product that would draw an audience. Rickey had argued that fans wanted competition, close contests and good play. It didn’t matter if the Continental League teams were initially inferior to the American or National League teams. Parity would come, Rickey asserted, in a few years. Meanwhile his league would build with young players who would emerge as stars.
Team Standings, 1961–1962 Appendix 2. ABL Scoring, 1961–1962 Appendix 3. Team Standings, 1962–1963 Appendix 4. ABL Scoring, 1962–1963 Appendix 5. ABL Most Valuable Player and All-League Teams, 1961–1962 Chapter Notes Bibliography List of Names and Terms Acknowledgments This book started as a chapter in another volume, but thanks to Mike Domjan, an old college friend, I was able to access the necessary files on the American Basketball League at the Dolph Briscoe Center of the University of Texas Archives.