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Basketball - Statistics & Facts

Basketball was invented in 1891 by Canadian-American physical educator James Naismith. The sport was officially adopted as an Olympic event at the 1936 Berlin games and has since grown to become one of the world’s most popular team sports.

In the United States, participation in basketball is invariably high, with 24.23 million participants aged six years and older engaging in the game in 2018 alone. Recreational youth leagues run by mostly private non-profit organizations are usually available for kids and teenagers across the U.S., and players who are able to excel in these leagues typically move on to playing in competitive high school basketball. There remains a consistently high participation rate in U.S. high school basketball and some of these high school players will later advance to competing in the college leagues. The most elite players in college may then go on to be drafted into teams competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in North America, with the average franchise value of its participating teams standing at approximately 2.12 billion U.S. dollars. The NBA is also widely considered to be the highest level of professional basketball in the world and NBA players are among the highest paid athletes worldwide. In 2020, the highest-paid NBA player, LeBron James, earned a salary that amounted to 37.4 million U.S. dollars and generated additional income of 55 million U.S. dollars from endorsement deals. The main North-American basketball league for women is the WNBA. In 2019, the WNBA's average annual salary stood at 75.18 thousand U.S. dollars per player and total salaries approximated to 10.83 million U.S. dollars.

Men and women’s college basketball in the United States are operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA men’s Division 1 single-elimination tournament is one of the most widely-watched sporting events in the United States. Mostly occurring during the month of March - hence the name March Madness - TV advertising revenue for the NCAA men’s tournament has grossed over 900 million U.S. dollars in each of the last few years. In addition, the attendance across all NCAA college basketball games amounted to a total of 650 thousand paying spectators in 2018.

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Basketball - Statistics & Facts

Basketball was invented in 1891 by Canadian-American physical educator James Naismith. The sport was officially adopted as an Olympic event at the 1936 Berlin games and has since grown to become one of the world’s most popular team sports.

In the United States, participation in basketball is invariably high, with 24.23 million participants aged six years and older engaging in the game in 2018 alone. Recreational youth leagues run by mostly private non-profit organizations are usually available for kids and teenagers across the U.S., and players who are able to excel in these leagues typically move on to playing in competitive high school basketball. There remains a consistently high participation rate in U.S. high school basketball and some of these high school players will later advance to competing in the college leagues. The most elite players in college may then go on to be drafted into teams competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in North America, with the average franchise value of its participating teams standing at approximately 2.12 billion U.S. dollars. The NBA is also widely considered to be the highest level of professional basketball in the world and NBA players are among the highest paid athletes worldwide. In 2020, the highest-paid NBA player, LeBron James, earned a salary that amounted to 37.4 million U.S. dollars and generated additional income of 55 million U.S. dollars from endorsement deals. The main North-American basketball league for women is the WNBA. In 2019, the WNBA's average annual salary stood at 75.18 thousand U.S. dollars per player and total salaries approximated to 10.83 million U.S. dollars.

Men and women’s college basketball in the United States are operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA men’s Division 1 single-elimination tournament is one of the most widely-watched sporting events in the United States. Mostly occurring during the month of March - hence the name March Madness - TV advertising revenue for the NCAA men’s tournament has grossed over 900 million U.S. dollars in each of the last few years. In addition, the attendance across all NCAA college basketball games amounted to a total of 650 thousand paying spectators in 2018.

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