Basketball – The World’s 2nd Best International Spectator Sport

One of the greatest sports in the world today is Basketball. It is truly an international sport and worldwide it is the world’s second largest spectator sport only to Football. One of the most popular and widely viewed sports on the planet.

Basketball is played in many different countries including United States (where the sport originates from) and China. It is as a consequence a true Olympic sport. Basketball is a major team sport that is played at great pace. People follow their favourite teams with a passion and there is always great rivalry between the teams from different cities and countries.

The world’s strongest league is undoubtedly the NBA, which includes a number of very strong, powerful teams. As my family are spread throughout many of the United States we tend to follow the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Many of the world’s best players play in the NBA. They come from far and wide. Players get paid the best but then they have to be amongst the best to be able to compete in the No. 1 greatest league. The standard of quality and excellent play is very high.

The US game is slightly different from all countries worldwide including Europe and the rest of the world. It is 8 minutes longer overall. It tends to be faster with a much higher average number of points scored in each game. Most games are tremendously exciting and have a tendency to be fast paced with non-stop action.

International games are played with 4 quarters of 10 minutes totalling 40 minutes while NBA games are played with 4 quarters of 12 minutes totalling 48 minutes. There is a 15 minute break at half time with 2 minutes allowed for the other breaks.

Each Basketball match is played between 2 teams of 5 players who attempt to score points against each other. The goal at either end of a court is 10 foot high (3.048 metres). You can pass; bounce (dribble) the ball. Physical contact is penalised. The other team is awarded 1 or 2 Free throws. You can score 3 points from a long-range shot, 2 points from an average basket score and 1 point from each Free throw scored.

Basketball is an excellent team sport that can be played both indoor as well as on outdoor courts.

Be sure to enjoy the sport and have great fun

Have a great time either playing or watching

Martin Jeszke

www.sportsworldallsports.info

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