National Basketball Association
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league in North America
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. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States
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and one in Canada
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. It is an active member of USA Basketball
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(USAB), which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation
International Basketball Federation
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as the National Governing Body
Sport governing body
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(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
New York City
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on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America
Basketball Association of America
The Basketball Association of America was a professional basketball league in North America, founded in 1946. The league merged with the National Basketball League in 1949, forming the National Basketball Association ...