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National Basketball Association

National Basketball Association
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Sports League information
League NameNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
FoundedJune 6, 1946, New York City, New York, United States
CommissionerDavid Stern
MottoWhere Amazing Happens
Inaugural season1946 47
No. of teams30
CountryUnited States (29 teams)
Canada (1 team)
ContinentFIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent championDallas Mavericks (1st title)
Most championshipsBoston Celtics (17 titles)
TV partnerABC
ESPN
TNT
NBA TV

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada. It is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues.

The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL). The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey.


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