Ned Irish Sweetwater Movie: The story of the famous basketball player Sweetwater is now playing in theatres. The story is inspired by true events, so in this article, we are going to tell you about one such character shown in the movie. Ned Irish’s role is played by Cary Elwes in the movie, so let’s get started.
Edward S. Irish, also known as Ned Irish, was an American basketball promoter and was known as one of the personalities responsible for blooming basketball in America. He was the founder and president of a very famous basketball team, the New York Knicks, from 1946 to 1974.
He attended Erasmus Hall High School and received his degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1928. Then, he started working with the New York World-Telegram as a sports journalist.
For extra income, he worked with the New York Giants, which is a football team in New York. He covered his first-ever basketball ball in Manhattan College while working for World-Telegram. Then he left his job in 1934 and started promoting basketball at Madison Square Garden.
In 1946, he and ten other members founded the Basketball Association of America, which later merged and became an essential part of the NBA in 1976. From 1946 to 1974, he served as the president of his team, the New York Knicks. As his main role was to promote the game, he was not involved in the coaching part of the team.
For his efforts, in 1964, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He died on January 21, 1982.