I thought about this one last nite watching the Hoyas give Kansas a run for their money.
I often say that electricity, the EZ pass, and the 3-point line make my list as the top 3 inventions ever …
You know all about the first two.
Here’s the story behind the third: basketball’s 3-pointer …
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Excerpted from RCP Sports: Top 10 Biggest Rule Changes in Sports
The three-pointer is arguably one of the most exciting parts of basketball.
It can quickly change a game’s momentum and makes the last minutes of every close game that much more exciting.
But years ago most people in power considered the three-pointer a gimmick.
The idea of the three-point field goal was first tested in a college game between Columbia and Fordham back in 1945.
The rule was used in the American Basketball League during its short lifespan starting in 1961, but became popular when it was used by the American Basketball Association (ABA), which was founded in 1967.
The three-point shot was believed to open up the game and spread the court in a league that had become dominated by big men and inside play.
The rule was not instituted in the NBA until the 1979-80 season, when it was used on a trial basis. One year later, the league adopted the rule permanently.
The NCAA didn’t officially establish the three-point field goal until 1986.
Several conferences had applied the rule in their own manner before, differing on the distance for the shot. The first to do so was the Southern Conference in the 1980-81 season. At the time, Furman coach Eddie Holbrook summed up what most coaches thought with the inception of the rule, “It’s a coach’s nightmare and a spectator’s delight.”
Although the three-point line has changed distances over time in both the NBA and NCAA, no one would argue that it remains a spectator’s delight, and even most of the coaches have come around. Source