The first televised college basketball game was played Feb. 28. 1940, when Pitt faced off against Fordham at, fittingly, Madison Square Garden. Quick Facts What
First Televised Basketball Game (1940) While the first basketball game had taken place years before, the first televised game was a collegiate game between Fordham University and Pittsburgh University. This game was aired on February 28th, 1940. The game hardly went as well as it hoped, as very few people had televisions at the time.
The first-ever television broadcast of a basketball game occurred on 28 February 1940 when the University of Pittsburgh defeated Fordham at Madison Square Garden on NBC station W2XBS. Professional basketball has been aired on television since 1953, shortly after the founding of the National Basketball Association , and has been aired on television ever since.
College basketball was first televised during the "experimental" era of television's broadcasting history, when W2XBS broadcast a men's basketball doubleheader from Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 28, 1940. Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh played in the first game, and New York University played Georgetown University in the second game.
The first basketball game is televised, from Madison Square Garden; Fordham vs the University of Pittsburgh. It was over NBC's experimental station in New York, W2XBS. It was over NBC's experimental station in New York, W2XBS.
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