Introducing The Three-Point Line Benefited Big Men Most

After the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979, it would have been be intuitive to assume that guards, who shot a disproportionate amount of the new and more efficient three-point shots, benefitted most from it. But a new study from the Journal of Sports Economics claims that after the three-pointer was… » 7/21/14 1:41pm 7/21/14 1:41pm

Why Do We Say Three-Pointers Come From "Downtown?"

If you've ever watched a basketball game, you've heard a play-by-play announcer exclaim something along the lines of, "From way downtown!" after a made three-pointer. But when did this become the go-to turn of phrase for describing three-point shots? On this week's excerpt of Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Josh… » 6/25/13 5:14pm 6/25/13 5:14pm

Watch Puerto Rican TV's Awesome Reaction To New 3-Point Champion

Ray Allen rightfully made headlines two years ago when he passed Reggie Miller to become the NBA's all-time leader in career 3-pointers. The NBA isn't the only pro basketball league in the U.S., though, and when former USC player Larry Ayuso set the Baloncesto Superior Nacional career record last night in San Juan it… » 4/30/13 12:00pm 4/30/13 12:00pm