By r4m3v151t0R. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 16:11:26 PM.
When the two leagues merged in 1949 it brought the total number of teams to 17 but the new league would quickly start losing teams. After just six years the number of teams had dropped to just 8. Financial troubles plagued the league from the start and this was especially true for the NBL teams that joined during the merger due to them being in smaller markets. The owner of the Fort Wayne Pistons, a former NBL team, named Frank Zollner was key in keeping the NBA financially afloat during this time.
No question, Tiger Woods took golf to new heights not even the great Arnold Palmer and rival Jack Nicklaus never brought it to. But just as Woods took the sport to the top, he nearly brought it down all by himself. The scandals, controversies and every negative stuff about Tiger hurt the sport, at least from the American perspective.
Speaking of popularity, no one ever came close from the Michael Jordan. This man popularized NBA to the world in the 1980s to 1990s. He also was the most well-rounded and marketed athlete of his generation. No wonder, every basketball player looks up to him.