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This month, we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Air Bud Clause!

This month, we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Air Bud Clause!

Incredibly enough,dogs were not allowed to play basketball. It wasn’t until 1997 that a dog debuted for the Timber Wolves.

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K9 in the house

It was a tough game against the Warriors, and the TWs were down to four players. Seconds before forfeiting, Buddy showed up to save the day. He dressed up and was ready to play ball. But the commissioners were not ready to allow a dog on the court.One of them, in a fit of rage, asked if they were nuts.

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Scene from the actual game: who said they can’t play?

That was when TWs’coach pointed out what became known as the Air Bud Clause:

Check on your little book.You won’t find anything there that says that a dog can’t play.

— Arthur Chaney, Timber Wolves' coach

And he was right. “Ain’t no rules says a dog can’t play basketball,” confirmed the referee. For that day on, dogs were allowed into matches of all kinds.

Here are other dogs in sport:

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Babe Ruth (or was it Hank Aaron?)

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The famous Golden Receivers

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Ronaldog1

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Even actors were inspired by Bud

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