Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Canadian Basketball Primer

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Canadian Basketball Primer

Article excerpt

AS two new pro-basketball teams commence play in Canada, here's a snapshot of the game's popularity north of the border.

How many Canadians play basketball?

Just over 900,000 between the ages of 6 and 54. This number is expected to grow significantly, just as baseball participation jumped after Canada got the Montreal Expos (1969) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977).

How does youth basketball stack up with youth hockey?

About 4-1/2 times as many young people (500,000) are involved in organized hockey than in organized basketball.

How good are Canada's top college teams?

Basketball Canada, the national governing body for the sport, equates top-level Canadian squads with low-level Division I American teams.

How have Canadian squads fared in international play?

Third place at the 1986 men's world championships is Canada's best recent result. Neither the men's nor the women's team qualified for the 1992 Olympics, and only the women will compete in next summer's Centennial Games. …

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