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 5 billion U.S. dollars in revenue each season, an average of around 195 million U.S. dollars per team (2015/16). The New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors are the only teams with more than 300 million U.S. dollars in annual revenue. Six more teams - Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors - generated more than 200 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2015/16.

The New York Knicks are the most valuable franchise of the league with a total value of 3.3 billion U.S. dollars. More than half of the NBA franchises have a value of one billion U.S. dollars or more. The least valuable franchise is the New Orleans Pelicans with a value of 750 million U.S. dollars. On average NBA franchises have an estimated value of 1.34 billion U.S. dollars. In comparison the average franchise value in the NFL was 2.34 billion U.S. dollars, in MLB 1.54 billion U.S. dollars and in the NHL 517 million U.S. dollars.

During the regular season a league wide total of 1,230 games are played, with each team playing 82 games. The average regular season home attendance in the league was 17,884 (2016/17 season), with a total attendance of 21.99 million. The average ticket price was at 55.88 U.S. dollars in the 2015/16 season.



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Facts on the National Basketball Association (NBA)
Franchis value & revenueValuesStatistic
NBA total league revenue5.87bn USD Details →
NBA team with the highest revenue - New York Knicks376m USD Details →
Sponsorship revenue of the National Basketball Association799m USD Details →
Average operating income per franchise in the NBA31.28m USD Details →
Average franchise value of NBA teams1.36bn USD Details →
Team in the NBA with the highest franchise value - New York Knicks3.3bn USD Details →
Players & salariesValuesStatistic
Projected NBA salary cap in 2017/18110m USD Details →
NBA average team payroll90.93m USD Details →
Player expenses of the Los Angeles Lakers84m USD Details →
Total earnings of LeBron James86m USD Details →
NBA all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - number of points scored38,387 Details →
Russell Westbrook - number of career triple doubles79 Details →
Media & fan interestValuesStatistic
Average TV viewership of NBA Finals20.2m Details →
TV ratings NBA finals 201611.4 Details →
Number of people in the U.S. very interested in the NBA23.28m Details →
Twitter followers of the Los Angeles Lakers6.01m Details →
Facebook fans of the Chicago Bulls18.93m Details →
Share of survey respondents who think the '95-'96 Chicago Bulls team is the greatest of all-time41% Details →
Game attendanceValuesStatistic
Total NBA regular season attendance21.99m Details →
Average attendance in the NBA17,884 Details →
Average attendance of the Chicago Bulls21,680 Details →
NBA average ticket price55.88 USD Details →


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