Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

Original basketball rules are for sale [Updated]


A physical education instructor named James Naismith invented the game of basketball 119 years ago as a winter activity for a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.

He conjured up 13 rules, typed them out and scribbled some handwritten notes on the document. There were to be nine players on each team, a soccer ball instead of a basketball and peach baskets as hoops.

The papers are being sold Friday at a New York City auction. The presale estimate is $2 million. [Updated at 11:58 a.m.: The Naismith Rules have been sold for $4.3 million.]

The auction proceeds will go toward the Naismith International Basketball Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and services to underprivileged children around the world.


Lakers hit the road for six games in 10 days

Lakers' Derek Fisher lets fans know he's still got it

--Melissa Rohlin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: The two pages used by James Naismith to write the first basketball rules. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press.

Comments  ()


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About the Reporters
Sports Now is written by the entire Sports department of the L.A. Times.

Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.



Bleacher Report | Los Angeles

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More on Bleacher Report »

Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: