Estimated Fans: 2.2 Billion
Regional Popularity: US, Canada, China and Philippines
Basketball is a team sport played by two teams. Each team has five players. Basketball is played on a rectangular court. The objective of the game is to shoot a ball through a hoop that is attached to backboards at each end of the court. Basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, one of the most successful programs in the game's history.