Basketball is booming and is now the biggest sport in the world, played in 213 countries, which is in 5 more countries than soccer. There is no doubt that a new era of basketball has begun!
Basketball is a welcoming and inclusive sport that brings diverse communities together. One of its greatest strengths lies in its accessibility; basketball is a sport for all ages and abilities with introductory programs for kids as young as five being offered at most associations and participants at tournaments such as the Pan Pacific Masters Games playing well into their 70’s and 80’s, basketball is truly ‘everyone’s game’.
The sport has always been a popular in America, however in recent years’ basketball has risen in popularity gaining immense global attention. There are numerous reasons behind the growth, for instance the addition 3 on 3 as an Olympic sport.
Moreover, basketball is providing more opportunities as it is more accessible than most sports. For instance, compared to a grass soccer pitch basketball courts can rely on public space since they are easier to fit, maintain and more suited to urban areas where space is limited.
In Australia 6 of the top 10 highest paid athletes are basketball players, Australia’s junior and wheelchair athletes continue to shine and both the NBL and WNBL are amongst the very best leagues in the world. Additionally, basketball in Europe is also currently booming as Euroleauge is experiencing more spectators, more income and more global fans.
Moreover, there are several good pathways in basketball where young people have the opportunity to combine their passion for playing basketball with their studies as they can represent their school, university, club, state or country. Many universities in the US and Australia also have scholarships available with options for aspiring players to play in national leagues or in leagues abroad.
There is no doubt basketball is only going to get bigger! No matter whether it’s the NBA, the Olympics or any of the European leagues, basketball has grabbed the world’s attention and it is evident by the increasing number of interest by people who are playing, watching and participating.