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The Basket Ball Fans Fest is a program designed for entertainment of basketball fans across the globe using the Internet, Radio and Television platforms for broadcast.
Internet Platform www.bbfansfest.com is the first broad-based fans web page on the net. It is designed to provide the much needed wide interactive platform for BASKETBALL FANS across the globe. So Fans, this is your website.
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The history of basketball begins with the invention of the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Throughout the 20th century, leagues developed such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Basketball League (NBL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), among others.
The first ever recorded game that was similar to basketball was played by the Azctecs of Mexico during the 16th century. The goal of the game which they called ollamalitzli was to throw a solid rubber ball through a stone ring.
Invention of the game.
The game of basketball as we know it today was created by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 to condition young athletes during the winter. It consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. He published 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of 18 into 2 teams of 9 players each and set about to teach them the basics of his new game. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball, into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. Every time a point was scored, the game was halted so the janitor could bring out a ladder and retrieve the ball. After a while, the bottoms of the fruit baskets were removed. The first public basketball game was played in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1892.
The first basketball game
The first basketball court: Springfield College
On December 21, 1891, James Naismith published rules for a new game using five base ideas and thirteen rules. That day, he asked his class to play a match in the Armory Street court: 9 versus 9, using a soccer ball and two peach baskets. Frank Mahan, one of his students, wasn’t so happy. He just said: "Huh. Another new game". However, Naismith was the inventor of the new game. Someone proposed to call it “Naismith Game”, but he suggested "We have a ball and a basket: why don’t we call it basket ball"?
The eighteen players were: John J. Thompson, Eugene S. Libby, Edwin P. Ruggles, William R. Chase, T. Duncan Patton, Frank Mahan, Finlay G. MacDonald, William H. Davis and Lyman Archibald, who defeated George Weller, Wilbert Carey, Ernest Hildner, Raymond Kaighn, Genzabaro Ishikawa, Benjamin S. French, Franklin Barnes, George Day and Henry Gelan 1–0. The goal was scored by Chase. There were other differences between Naismith’s first idea and the game played today. The peach baskets were closed, and balls had to be retrieved manually, until a small hole was put in the bottom of the peach basket to poke the ball out using a stick. Only in 1906 were metal hoops, nets and back boards introduced. Moreover, earlier the soccer ball was replaced by a Spalding ball, similar to the one used today.
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