The Baloncesto Superior Nacional or BSN (lit. "National Superior Basketball") is the main Puerto Rican men's basketball league. It currently has 10 teams, but has had many teams in several cities of the island. The league was established in 1929. It has produced players that have distinguished themselves in the NBA, European Leagues, and other leagues. Also most of the players in the Puerto Rico men's national basketball team are playing in the league.
For the 2011 season will began the 31st of May, each team will play 30 games in a single table format. The regular season is followed by a Playoff with the best 8 teams divided in two groups based on regular season standings (1 vs 8,4 vs 5, 2 vs 7,and 3 vs 6). The teams will play series the best of seven. The season concludes with the finals, here two teams compete in the best of seven games.
The Vaqueros de Bayamón are the current leaders in all time championships with fourteen. The Atléticos de San Germán have fourteen, and the Leones de Ponce have twelve.
The BSN was a struggling league economically until the 1980s, when, with Genaro 'Tuto' Marchand as President, an explosion of basketball popularity happened all over Puerto Rico. Basketball overtook baseball as the Puerto Rican fans' second favorite sport after boxing at that time.
The fact that WAPA-TV Channel 4 transmitted six games a week for the whole island to see, was a major contributor to this change in popularity. These games were shown Sundays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 9 p.m., Wednesday nights at 9, Friday nights at 9, and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and at 9 p.m.
During that time, other legends followed in the footsteps of Juan "Pachin" Vicens (Named Greatest Basketball Player in the World at the Basketball World Championship, held in Santiago, Chile, 1959). Among those younger stars, various bright stars soon emerged, such as Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Raymond Dalmau, Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz, Ramon Rivas, Jerome Mincy, Georgie Torres, Angelo Cruz, Angel Santiago, the late Federico 'Fico' Lopez and Rubén Rodríguez showcased their talents to all of Puerto Rico's TV viewers and game goers.
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