By Murry R. Nelson
This publication examines the yankee Basketball League and its brief heritage, starting with its notion in 1959-60 and its seasons of play, 1961-1963. The league was once the 1st to take advantage of a trapezoidal, wider lane and a 30-second shot clock, in addition to the 3-point shot. With a crew in Hawaii, the league created an adjusted agenda to deal with the outsize distance. Many gamers akin to Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches equivalent to Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later stumbled on their method to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for broad recognition of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in an incredible expert league as they either debuted within the ABL.
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Extra resources for Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, 1960-1963. The Upstarts Who Shot for Three and Lost to the NBA
In April of 1960, a potential offer came from New York City, which would have had media cachet. 38 Saperstein was not very sanguine regarding Stern’s pursuit, reiterating a key point that he had, apparently, made by phone, regarding the lack of a good venue other than Madison Square Garden. He felt that a Brooklyn project might have a chance, but he called it at best a long chance. He did go on to suggest that if the syndicate had the money and the desire, they might be interested in pursuing a franchise for some other part of the country.
These were Buffalo, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Oakland. Dallas moved within two years to Kansas City, where they became ﬁrmly ensconced as the Chiefs. 5 It was with this history and contemporary action that Abe Saperstein formed the American Basketball League in 1960. Saperstein always had contingency plans to maximize his revenue streams. As owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, with at least two different squads, he had a team playing every day somewhere in the world. He also was one of the key reasons that the NBA was able to pay its bills from the formation of the league in 1949 through the 1950s, as he had the Globetrotters play doubleheaders before many NBA games, often doubling or tripling the average attendance ﬁgures for those games.
2 The move of the two franchises was a signiﬁcant blow to New York City, both in pride and economics. Almost immediately there was a call from many in the city for National League expansion in order to bring a franchise back to the city. The major leagues were not initially eager for expansion, fearing that their product would be diluted and attendance would suffer. The indecisiveness made for a perfect time for an old baseball warrior, Branch Rickey, to step into the breach. Rickey hoped to start a third major league, and he set about lining up wealthy backers interested in such an endeavor.