The 20 Biggest Tech Advancements in Sports History

Breakaway Rims

Year Introduced: 1978
Sport: Basketball

With the 1970s came high-flying athletes like Dr. J, Daryl Dawkins and David Thompson who weren't afraid to play above the rim. Unfortunately, their show-stopping highlights also had the potential to be exactly that: show-stopping. Breaking a rim is no doubt legendary, but the delays they created during games were starting to become an issue. In 1978, the NCAA was the first to use a breakaway rim, with the NBA following in 1981. Since then, no one has been able shatter the glass--though that certainly didn't stop Shaq from trying.

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