Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame is basketball's most famous hall of fame . It honors players , coaches , referees and sponsors of the sport as well as selected teams for extraordinary achievements. There are currently 404 individuals and twelve teams in the Hall of Fame. With the exception of sponsors for whom there is no blocking period, admission takes place at the earliest in the fourth year after the end of their active career, in the case of referees after 25 years of professional activity in the 26th year of their career and in the case of coaches in the fourth year after the end of their active career , alternatively after 25 years of professional activity in the 26th year of the career after reaching the age of sixty.
The Hall of Fame is located in Springfield , Massachusetts . It was inaugurated in 1959 and named after the Canadian doctor and educator James Naismith , who is considered to be the inventor of basketball.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is managed by a board of currently 24 members. The current chairman of the board is John L. Doleva (as of 2020).
The task of the board is to create public awareness of the sport of basketball and its history. At the administrative level, the Board of Directors monitors the operational business of the Hall of Fame as well as the selection process for future members. The selection process itself, however, is controlled by two examination boards.
A fully completed nomination application must be received by the CEO and President of the Hall of Fame by October 31. All candidates who meet the electoral requirements will be submitted to the appropriate examination boards. These candidates are usually announced on the anniversary of the historic launch of the basketball game on December 21st.
A total of two examination committees are convened by the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame to make a selection of candidates each year, which are then presented to the so-called Honorary Committees of the Hall of Fame for final decision, on the one hand the North American Screening Committee with nine voting members and the other is the Women's Screening Committee with seven voting members. Both can name up to ten and up to four nominations and require at least seven and five votes from the respective committee.
The Board of Trustees then examines whether the nominees may have damaged the integrity of the basketball game. If not, the Administrative Committee submits the finalists to two honorary committees, North American and Women's. These finalists are usually announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend .
Finalists each require 18 out of 24 votes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. If a finalist is not elected five times in a row, he receives a five-year ban. Members of these committees are not announced by the Hall of Fame. Traditionally, all committees work anonymously. They include merited Hall of Famers, officials, media representatives and experts.
In addition, there have been four direct election committees since 2011, each of which can choose one directly from all nominees. Their circle was expanded in 2019 to include a women's veterans committee. The committees are:
- Contributors Committee
- Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee
- International Game Committee
- Veterans Committee (resigned 35 or more years ago)
- Women's Veterans Committee (resigned 35 or more years ago)
From 2011 to 2015, the American Basketball Association also had a direct election committee for players .
- List of members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- FIBA Hall of Fame
- Official website of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- The Hall of Fame on the Basketball Reference website
- members of the Hall of Fame
- Admission Changes 2018 On: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame website; Springfield, Massachusetts: December 19, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018 (in English)
- Official description of the admission process on the Hall of Fame website ( Memento from September 5, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
- Changes to the 2016 Admission Process On: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame website; Springfield, Massachusetts: December 14, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2017 (in English)