10 Defunct Sports Leagues That Are Cooler Than the NHL

American Basketball Association

Years of Existence: 1967-1976

If you want to talk about innovation in sports, you have to start with the ABA. The three-point line, the slam dunk contest, and the spectacle that has become All-Star weekend originated with this professional basketball offshoot. If you want to talk about desperate gimmicks like the Winter Classic, the All-Star Game Draft, and executive compliance with in-game violence, stick with the NHL. 

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