What year did basketball come to Australia?
The first official game of basketball was played between teachers and students of the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1892, and in 1898 the first professional league was created in the USA. The first recorded game in Australia was played in 1905 at the YMCA in Melbourne.
When did basketball get popular in Australia?
Basketball in Australia experienced a golden age in the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s, during which the National Basketball League saw its halcyon days. However, its popularity, media attention, attendance, and corporate support deteriorated during the 2000s.
What sports is Australia famous for?
Australian Rules Football is clearly the most popular spectator sport in Australia, though in terms of participation more men play golf, cricket and tennis. Rugby league is another popular sport, but not as a sport to play.
Is basketball becoming more popular in Australia?
Basketball has become so popular in Australia it has overtaken all traditional sports in some schools, with places in junior league competitions filling up months before nominations even open.
How much do Australian basketball players make?
Australian pro basketball players can expect – on average – $146,000 AUD per/year ($109,000 USD) playing in their domestic pro league. The lowest an Australian pro can get paid is $58, 584 AUD per/year ($43,000 USD) per an official release from the NBL.