They were the Amigos during their first season in Anaheim and later moved to Los Angeles to become the Stars. The team existed from to Init moved from southern California to Utah.
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Maurice Podoloff, head of the BAA since its inception, was elected head of the new league. The new NBA was made up of 17 teams that represented both small towns and large cities across the country. Through the s, though, the number of teams dwindled, along with fan support, and by the season, only eight teams remained.
Six teams from the BAA remain in operation in the NBA as of the —18 seasonthree that co-founded the league in and three that joined it from the NBL in below. The inaugural BAA season began with 11 teams, of which four dropped out before the second season. However, most of the ABL and NBL teams played in small arenas, and in some cases even ballrooms or high school gymnasiums. Walter Brownowner of the Boston Gardenbelieved that major ice hockey arenas, which sat empty on many nights, could be put to profitable use hosting basketball games when there were no ice hockey games to be played.
Strong, financially sound teams. Taking advantage of technological resources through a user-friendly website and mobile-application. Playing in front of larger media markets.
The ABA was conceived at a time stretching from through the mids when numerous upstart leagues were challenging, with varying degrees of success, the established major professional sports leagues in the United States. Basketball was seen as particularly vulnerable to a challenge; its major league, the National Basketball Associationwas the youngest of the Big Four major leagues, having only played 21 seasons to that point, and was still fending off contemporary challenging leagues it had been less than five years since the American Basketball League ABL shut down. According to one of the owners of the Indiana Pacers, its goal was to force a merger with the more established league.
It wasn't too long ago that outsiders considered the Chinese Basketball Association one of the great unknowns in professional sports. But in recent years, especially since the Olympics in Beijing, the CBA has emerged as a viable option for borderline NBA players or veterans looking to extend their careers. He jumped to the CBA inwon three championships and became beloved in China.
During its history, the league has had traveling teams from countries such as Australia and Japan that have played in the ABA. Additionally, the league has had teams made up of players from a particular country on a team based in the United States. This was done as a way to showcase players from that country in the United States.