- 38 Seasons
The NBA is the number one professional basketball league in the world. The NBA stands for the National Basketball Association and the game itself was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. Basketball is currently the second most popular sport in the world and the NBA is the launching pad for many of today's most popular athletes, past or present. The shows that are televised are mostly recorded live. Most of the shows incorporate an elaborate discussion of the day's upcoming games and popular stories around the league. These discussions usually include retired basketball players and popular sports anchors that give opinionated perspectives of what teams are legit or just fool's gold. In the show, these discussions are usually followed by a basketball game with premiere match-ups of the NBA's best players. The excitement and action is non-stop with today's best athletes. Once half time arrives, there is an interview with the star player of the first half, which is followed swiftly by a half time show. The half time show covers the highlights of the first half of the game as well as the highlights of other games around the league. These highlights are then followed by a short discussion of what's going on in the first half as well as suggestions for improvement. The NBA airs on a number of different network channels with a plethora of sponsors. The NBA in recent years have gone more global with not only a concentration of bringing more games overseas, but also a huge influx of successful European and Asian basketball players. The game of basketball has evolved in many ways. For better or for worse, the league has become a showman's league with an abundance of top notch athletic perimeter players. In some ways, the lost art of the post-up game has stifled the league's progression of its players, but it has been replaced by a highlight factory of spectacular guards and forwards.