National Basketball Association (NBA) - Statistics & Facts

National Basketball Association (NBA) - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the National Basketball Association (NBA)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league in North America comprising 30 franchises, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada (Toronto Raptors). The league was founded in 1946, then named the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1949 the BAA merged with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association.

Today the NBA, as a whole, generates more than 4 billion U.S. dollars in revenue each season, an average of around 150 million U.S. dollars per team (2012/13). The team that generated the highest revenue was the Los Angeles Lakers with 295 million U.S. dollars according to Forbes. The top-5 teams in terms of revenue were rounded out by the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Forbes NBA team valuations, the New York Knicks are the most valuable franchise of the league with a total value of 1.4 billion U.S. dollars. The only two other franchises with a value of 1 billion U.S. dollars or more are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. The least valuable franchise is the Milwaukee Bucks with a value of 405 million U.S. dollars, less than one third of what the New York Knicks are worth. On average NBA franchises have an estimated value of 634 million U.S. dollars. In comparison the average franchise value in the NFL was at 1.43 billion U.S. dollars, in MLB at 811 million U.S. dollars and in the NHL at 413 million U.S. dollars.

During the regular season a leaguewide total of 1,230 games are played, with each team playing 82 games. The average regular season home attendance in the league was 17,407 (2013/14 season), with a total attendance of 21.41 million. According to Team Marketing Report, the average ticket price was at 52.5 U.S. dollars in the 2013/14 season.

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