Turkish Basketball’s Rise to Global Popularity

According to most sources, basketball was first played in Turkey at an American college in Istanbul in 1904, since then many leagues have been formed with the premiere of these being the Turkish Basketball Championship. Founded just over 50 years ago , Turkey’s Basketball league has in recent years become increasingly popular not just in Turkey, but all over the world. In recent years many international stars of the game have signed with Turkish teams and with a spike in interest, the popularity has become worldwide.

Indicative of this rise in popularity is that an increasing number of people are beginning to bet and gamble on Turkish Basketball.

With the rise of online gambling on sites such as All Slot Casino and others, Turkish basketball has found itself featuring on more and more top sports bookmakers around the world. In recent years, gambling of all types, whether it be online slots, online casinos, or sports betting on every kind of market, has become incredibly popular. Due mainly to the increase in the popularity of the smartphone, billions log on every day to try their luck! With companies offering a huge range of free bets, free spins, bonuses, deposit matches, and more- you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to winning prizes!
Where did it all begin?

In 1904 at the American-founded Robert College in Istanbul, the first recorded game of basketball was played in Turkey. A physical education teacher at the school introduced it into their curriculum and from there its popularity began to grow. According to Euro Cup Basketball a Turkish man named Ahmet Robenson, a teacher at Galatasaray High School in Istanbul who was interested in introducing new sports to Turkey, introduced Basketball to his students in 1911.

The sport began to spread and in the years before the founding of the current Turkish Championship large tournaments were held in the larger cities of Turkey under the organisation of the ‘Turkish Basketball Championship’ between the years 1946 and 1966.


The 2017 Turkish Basketball League hosted their own dunk contest. Some of the most savage judges ever! If you have a video you'd like to have reacted to please tweet it to @TroydanGaming using #TroydanReacts Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpVUHSTKKhk

Turkish Basketball Championship becomes the Turkish Basketball Super League.

In the 1966-67 season of the Turkish Basketball Championship, the league was declared defunct and was transformed in the Turkish Basketball Super League as a newer incarnation of a top tier basketball league throughout Turkey.
From the six teams which competed under the older Turkish Basketball Championship, the new Super League has expanded in its 50 years to include 16 top tier professional teams from all over Turkey who compete against each other twice during the season, jostling for their position on the tournament ladder. The top eight teams are then pitted against each other in playoffs to determine the season’s champion.

Turkish Basketball’s worldwide position

Over the years and especially in the last 15-20 years, many international players have left their home teams at the highest level of the sport, such as the NBL in the USA and have been bought by Turkish clubs to play in the league.

With an increase in the quality of Turkish basketball players and an influx of international stars of the game (due also to unrest in Turkey), so too has interest from a global audience come to the Turkish Super League and its teams’ successes. In fact, this year the champions of the Euro League Basketball title were Fenerbahce who won the title to a home audience in Istanbul against Greek legends Olympiakos; according to the Euro League, the event’s broadcast reached a record 214 countries around the world.

An increase in interest in Turkish basketball has changed the sport’s status in Turkey from its humble infancy in the high schools of Istanbul as a part of physical education classes to a major sport in the country. Worldwide interest has increased and more and more international stars are coming to Turkey to play basketball. As more and more spectators are watching, betting, and cheering on their teams it seems like Turkish Basketball will only become increasingly popular, not just in Turkey but also around the world.