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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_sports

Professional sports, as opposed to amateur sports, are sports in which athletes receive ... In 1871 the first professional baseball league was created. ... During the regular season, a team played only against other teams within its league. ..... highest paid player receiving a salary of £29.6 million (over US$45 million) a year ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball

Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five ... are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player. ... The peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were finally replaced by ... The first Canadian interuniversity basketball game was played at the YMCA in ...

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The First basketball type game may have been played by the early Olmec people of ... Fred Cooper who got $16 dollars, and became the first highest paid player. ... 1901 marked a landmark year for the game of basketball as colleges began ... just setting up the pro leagues came and went, but not all teams were in leagues.

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The average salary for a professional basketball player in 2010 is $1.1 million per year. The average salary of a basketball player in the NBA is about $4.2 ...

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Basketball, one of the most popular sports in the world and played by over 300 ... At first he thought to bring outdoor games such as soccer or lacrosse inside. ... was when he was sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to ... Players were paid $2.50 for playing home games and $1.25 for road games.

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www.educationworld.com/sites/default/files/march-basketball-final.pdf

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship ... In what year were basketball players first paid to play? 1796. 1896. 1996. 5. In what  ...

www.nba.com/history/firstgame_feature.html

Each team paid a $10,000 franchise fee, the money going for league operating ... It was a game of speed with no 24-second clock when we played. ... While the Knicks were getting ready for the opener, college basketball was still king in New  ...

www.thepeoplehistory.com/basketballhistory.html

Naismith was a 30-year-old instructor at the local YMCA training school, and, ... Basketball was also one of the first sports to be played by women as well as men; only .... Early Players College Teams Black basketball players were nothing new. ... and in 1954, NBC paid $7,500 for the first national broadcast TV rights to an ...

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... interference (from the balcony) when players attempted to shoot the ball. ... 1896, November 7--The first professional basketball game was played in ... The number of players was fixed at five on each team (previously seven-man teams were ... of barnstorming—traveling around the country and being paid to play against ...