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The Rise of the National Basketball Association$
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David George Surdam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037139

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037139.001.0001

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The NBA Becomes “Major League”

The NBA Becomes “Major League”

(p.165) Conclusion The NBA Becomes “Major League”
The Rise of the National Basketball Association

David George Surdam

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the NBA's troubled history and its eventual prosperity. It discusses how a series of events and decisions helped improve the league's prospects. The BAA/NBA struggled with many things in its first decade, from concerns over stadium capacities to lack of consumer demands for pro basketball games to racial integration and the rise of technology. Yet the owners' decisions to absorb NBL teams, ruthlessly pare weak teams, tamper with playing rules, introduce African American players, relocate to larger cities, and develop a relationship with television all proved beneficial, although sometimes with a lag. The league's survival, frequently precarious, was a testimony to a group of owners' determination and their willingness to absorb losses.

Keywords:   NBA, BAA, NBL, playing rules, racial integration, television, pro basketball, NBA history

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