After a few seasons, however, the NBA and EPBL resumed exhibition games in the 1950s (including a 1956 matchup in which the NBA's Syracuse Nationals lost to the EPBL's Wilkes-Barre Barons at Wilkes-Barre's home court). The CBA followed largely the same basketball rules as does the NBA and most other professional leagues. This page was last edited on 20 December 2020, at 01:31. The league's original name was the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League and it fielded six franchises - five in Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Allentown, Lancaster and Reading… November 16, 2001: The first game in the history of the National Basketball Developmental League is played. The Continental Basketball League (CBL) was a men's basketball minor league in the United States that began play in April 2010. , In 2009, Dennis Truax, who was previously affiliated with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), was named the first commissioner of the CBL. Steve A. Kauffman, currently a basketball agent, succeeded Rudolph as Commissioner in 1975. That would soon lead to the beginning of the end for the CBA. A five-minute overtime period was approved, scrapping the previous overtime rule that required a team to lead by three points to win.  Sometime between April and early May, the Fayetteville Crossover was added. By the 1967-68 season, the Eastern League lost many of its players when the upstart American Basketball Association formed. In an interesting twist, Lange went on to coach the Philadelphia Spirit in the USBL. The Eastern League became a haven for players who wanted to play professionally, but were barred from the NBA because of academic restrictions. Box Score. June 28, 2000: Thomas is offered the head coaching job of the NBA's Indiana Pacers. The Wilmington Sea Dawgs and the Cary Invasion announced the formation of the Tobacco Road Basketball League and their membership therein, thus leaving the CBL. In addition to six returning franchises the CBA added three expansion teams – the Oklahoma Cavalry, the Rio Grande Valley Silverados and East Kentucky Miners; the Atlanta Krunk joined the league after sitting out the 2006–07 season. Five former CBA team owners repurchase their franchises and join the rival. The Atlanta Krunk Wolverines and Vancouver Dragons deferred their participation until the 2007–2008 season and the Utah Eagles folded on January 25, 2007. Since NBA rules forbid a coach from owning his own league (as it would be a conflict of interest), Thomas is obliged to sell the CBA. In 2012, the Raleigh Rough Riders were added to the league.  Some teams also used their picks for publicity: for example, Cheryl Miller, a female player who played for USC in college, was selected by the Rockford Lightning with the 57th pick in the 1986 CBA draft; in the 1994 CBA draft Mexican soccer player Jorge Campos was drafted by the Mexico Aztecas, despite his ineligibility. Background For most of the 1980′s and 1990′s, the Continental Basketball Association was … For the independent Continental League that started play in 2007, click here The Continental League was a proposed league that had its beginnings in 1958. The CBA teams, in turn, would receive compensation for each 10-day contract. The league is headquartered in Florida.  This allowed the CBA teams to have a wider selection of players: the selection criteria were the same as the NBA draft. Other EPBL-NBA exhibition matchups include an October 1959 contest in which the New York Knicks defeated the Allentown Jets 131-102 at Allentown; and a contest in April 1961, in which the Boston Celtics also played an exhibition contest against Allentown (defeating the Eastern Leaguers soundly).  The Florida Flight moved to the newly formed Florida Basketball Association, and the Miami Stars and Palm Beach Titans went with them.. During each game, seven points are awarded—three for winning the game, and one point for each quarter in which a team outscored their opponent. November 2001: The CBA reorganizes for the 2001-02 season as former CBA franchises in Rockford, Gary, Grand Rapids and Sioux Falls merge with the smaller International Basketball Association (IBA), which has franchises in Bismarck (Dakota Wizards), Fargo (Fargo-Moorhead Beez) and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan Hawks).  Before the 2011 season was to start, the owners of the Savannah Wildcats announced the team would be sitting out the season due to a family matter affecting the owners' ability to lead the team. Kauffman remained the League's legal counsel for two years. During the 1980s and 1990s, the NBA's relationship with the CBA grew to the point where dozens of former CBA stars found their way onto NBA rosters, including Tim Legler (Omaha Racers), Mario Elie (Albany Patroons), and John Starks (Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets). If you or a member of your family is interested in being a part of the City’s youth basketball program, contact your Zone Coordinator for general information or your League Director for specific league information. In 1984, the league created the "CBA Sportscaster Contest" to select a color commentator for its weekly game of the week televised on BET. Centennial Conference 563 College Avenue W-560. In April 2011, the Gainesville Galaxy joined. During the 1982–83 and 1983–84 seasons, overtime games were decided by the team that scored the first three points in overtime. 8 Fairview at Continental 7:30 PMDec.  Gary Perry, an owner of the Augusta Groove when it was in the Premier Basketball League (PBL), was named the first director of basketball operations. No official explanation was given why the winner of the South Division, the Heartland Prowl, did not play in the game. The CBA's 2007–08 season began with 10 franchises, the greatest number of teams to start a CBA season since the 2000–01 season. 10 Continental at Hol Before the 2000–01 season the CBA signed a television contract with BET to broadcast up to 18 games, including the CBA All-Star Game, although the CBA folded midway through the season. February 24, 2001: The CBA declares bankruptcy. The league also instituted a series of novel rule changes including sudden-death overtime, a no foul-out rule and a change in the way league standings were determined. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@sentinelcolorado…  In the announcement of the Prowl, the absence of the Carolina Cougarz as a listed team coupled with their removal from the CBL website indicated that they had folded. Only the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976 kept the Eastern League alive, as an influx of players from defunct ABA teams joined the league. Thomas pays $5 million up front, agreeing to make four additional payments to the CBA's former team owners for the remainder of the debt. In 1980, the CBA became the official development league of the NBA.. The combined-ownership plan was unsuccessful and by 2001, the CBA had declared bankruptcy and ceased operations (folded on February 8, 2001 without managing to complete the 2000–01 season). Four fans were successful and a tie-breaker determined the winner, who drove home with the new $17,000 personal luxury car. We are excited to offer multiple league programs to accommodate county and state guidelines in 2021. Some examples include Nick Van Exel (1993, Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA), Dontonio Wingfield (1994, Seattle SuperSonics and Rapid City Thrillers), Stephen Jackson (1997, Phoenix Suns and La Crosse Bobcats), Jason Hart (2000, Milwaukee Bucks and Idaho Stampede); and several others.  On 13 April 2011, the Cary Invasion was added. Originally named the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association was founded on April 23, 1946.  As for the NBA draft, players had to renounce their college eligibility if they wanted to declare early. In 1985, the CBA followed with the "Ton-of-Money Free Throw", which featured a prize of 2,000 pounds (910 kg) of pennies ($5,000) if a randomly selected fan could make one free throw. Although the NBA played exhibition games with the Eastern League during the late 1940s and early 1950s the exhibition games ceased in 1954, when the Eastern League signed several college basketball players involved in point-shaving gambling scandals during their college years (including Jack Molinas, Sherman White, Floyd Layne and Al Roth). This made for at least some fan interest even in the late stages of games that were otherwise blowouts; the trailing team could still get a standings point by winning the final quarter, especially if the team that was leading chose to rest some or all of its starters. The next year, the league featured the "Easy Street Shootout". 2018 Continental League – All League Team. ContinentalDec. , Before the 1984–85 season Ducker announced that the CBA had signed a cable television contract with Black Entertainment Television (BET).. The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) (also known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League, the Eastern Professional Basketball League, and the Eastern Basketball Association) was a men's professional basketball minor league in the United States from 1946 to 2009.. 1978-79 Continental Basketball Association Standings. During Drucker's term the league expanded from 8 to 14 teams, landed its first national TV contract and saw franchise values increase from $5,000 to $500,000. Thomas embarked on a 30-year career as a special education teacher. See History of Continental Basketball League Teams, History of Continental Basketball League Teams, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Continental_Basketball_League&oldid=963947131, Defunct professional sports leagues in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 June 2020, at 18:20. The AL and NL refused to budge and this prompted William Shea and others to press for the new league.  and the Georgia Gwizzlies left the ABA to become the fourth. If the NBA team liked the player, the team could re-sign him to a second 10-day contract. A virtual museum of sports logos, uniforms and historical … October 24, 1999: He announces salary cuts in the CBA. As a response to the moves by the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco, William Shea proposed a new league to bring a second team to New York. On this day, Thomas signs a letter of intent to sell the CBA to the NBA Players' Association. The Pittsburgh Xplosion folded under unclear circumstances, and the league scheduled games against American Basketball Association (ABA) teams for the first month of the season in an attempt to stay solvent.  The NBA announced they would adopt a similar model before the 1981–82 season. Covid-19 and Little League Baseball. All three rims broke away from the backboard and snapped back in place. For the 1970-71 season the league rebranded itself the Eastern Basketball Association, operating both as a professional northeastern regional league and as an unofficial feeder system to the NBA and ABA. During the 1955-56 season, the Hazleton Hawks Eastern League team was the first integrated professional league franchise with an all-black starting lineup: Tom Hemans, Jesse Arnelle, Fletcher Johnson, Sherman White and Floyd Lane. The Continental League of Professional Baseball Clubs (known as the Continental League or CL) was a proposed third major league for baseball in the United States and Canada, announced in 1959 and scheduled to begin play in the 1961 season. October 7, 1999: Sale of the CBA to Thomas is finalized. The establishment of the Anchorage franchise garnered national media attention, including a feature story in Sports Illustrated. The Continental Basketball Association, with …  The league was renamed the Continental Basketball Association the following season, eventually leading to expansion across the country. The group bought all of the individually owned franchises of the CBA, in a $10 million acquisition. Players such as Lavern "Jelly" Tart, Willie Somerset, Art Heyman and Walt Simon (all of whom were all-stars in the Eastern League a year before) were now in ABA uniforms.  On February 16, 2010, the Carolina Cougarz became the second team to join the CBL. Follow the action on NBA scores, schedules, stats, news, Team and Player news. ALBANY A strange and unsettling basketball season came to a premature end Sunday night, and with it perhaps an entire league. Shortly after this announcement, the CBL announced the addition of the Port City Sharks as a replacement for the Wildcats in Savannah, Georgia. After the second 10-day contract expired, the team had to either return the player to his CBA team or sign him for the balance of the NBA regular season. The league championship in 2010 was to be decided by a single elimination tournament in June. Over the years it would add franchises in several other Pennsylvania cities, including Williamsport, Scranton, and Sunbury, as well as teams in New Jersey (Trenton, Camden, Asbury Park), Connecticut (New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport), Delaware (Wilmington) and Massachusetts (Springfield).  However, after the removal of the Gwizzlies, the schedule and playoff structure were truncated and adjusted. Under the 10-day-contract rule, a player was signed at the pro rata league minimum salary (as stipulated in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement) for 10 days. October 1985: A contest was held by the CBA to find a fan to be a, October 21, 1985: The CBA announced they would keep statistics on. Thomas' reasoning is that by reducing the number of veterans in the league, there will be more young players available for NBA teams. How it all went wrong when Larry Lavin mixed minor-league basketball and cocaine in West Philadelphia by Frank Fitzpatrick , Updated: February 16, 2020 Larry Lavin, shown here incarcerated in a Minnesota medical facility in 2002, tried to make minor-league basketball viable in Philadelphia. Allentown Jets (20-21) - Roster | Statistics. No one won the (insured) prize, but the shot attracted national media coverage for the league in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and The Sporting News. Below is a timeline of Thomas' ownership of the CBA: In fall 2001, CBA and IBL teams merged with the International Basketball Association and purchased the assets of the defunct CBA (including its name, logo and records) from the bankruptcy trustee and resumed operations as the CBA, assuming the former league's identity and history. The winner was Don Mattingly (no relation to the New York Yankee baseball player), representing the Evansville (Indiana) Thunder. CLEMSON, S.C. -- — Aamir Simms scored 16 points, Al-Amir Dawes and John Newman III each added 12, and Clemson beat Maryland 67-51 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The NBA would send several players to the Eastern League for extra playing time, and for several seasons two Eastern League teams would play the opening game of a New Year's Eve doubleheader at Madison Square Garden (with the NBA playing the nightcap game). Kauffman kept the league name because he felt having a team in the Eastern league from Alaska might get the league additional notice and recognition. Also during this time, the CBA created a series of halftime promotions.  Several of its teams briefly joined the now-defunct International Basketball League. The CBA's first commissioner was Harry Rudolph (father of NBA referee Mendy Rudolph). The CBA often billed itself as the "World's Oldest Pro Basketball League," since its founding on April 23, 1946, pre-dated by two months, the founding of the National Basketball Association. The league fielded six franchises – five in Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Allentown, Lancaster, and Reading) – with a sixth team in New York (Binghamton, which moved in mid-season to Pottsville, Pennsylvania). The Continental varsity basketball team lost Tuesday's neutral non-conference game against Wayne Trace (Haviland, OH) by a score of 41-28. OurSports Central provides coverage of the following Continental Basketball League teams: Birmingham Sabers - Birmingham, Alabama.  On February 18, 2010, the Savannah Wildcats became the third team in the CBL. The All-Continental League girls basketball first and second teams for the 2019-20 season, as voted on by league coaches, including selections from Regis Jesuit. The most successful was the "1 Million Dollar CBA Supershot". 3 Tinora at Continental 7:30 PMDec. Link", "History of the Continental Basketball Association", "Dennis Truax named CBA Deputy Commissioner", Continental Basketball Association on FunWhileItLasted.net, FIBA European Championship for Small Countries, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Continental_Basketball_Association&oldid=995257978, Defunct professional sports leagues in the United States, Articles with dead external links from January 2017, Articles needing additional references from May 2019, All articles needing additional references, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. email@example.com (01) 6326275 In August 1999, the CBA's teams were purchased by an investment group led by former NBA star Isiah Thomas. The CBA also sent qualified coaches to the NBA, including Phil Jackson (Albany Patroons), Bill Musselman (Tampa Bay Thrillers), Eric Musselman (Rapid City Thrillers), Flip Saunders (LaCrosse Catbirds) and George Karl (Montana Golden Nuggets). Pittsburgh Piranhas (1994) Pittsburgh Xplosion (2006 - 2007) Puerto Rico Coquis (1983 - 1984) Quad City Thunder (1987 - 2000) Rapid City Thrillers (1987 - 1994) Reno Bighorns (1982) Rio Grande Valley Silverados (2007) Rochester Flyers (1987 - 1988) Rochester Renegade (1992 - 1993) With Eye Toward N.B.A. During the 2006-07 season no players were called up from the CBA to the NBA, ending a streak of over 30 seasons of at least one call-up per year. Continental Little League has opened registration for the 2021 season! That year, Brendan McCann of the Allentown Jets led the league with 31 three-pointers. Mitchell Wiggins, who was suspended by the NBA for cocaine use, was one of the first players signed in the CBA under the new rule that was implemented in conjunction with the NBA and NBA Players Association.. The suit was settled and in exchange for the right to sign any player at any time, the NBA paid the CBA $115,000; it also paid the CBA $80,000 to help develop NBA referees at CBA games. The contest was won by a NJ high school basketball coach, Bill Lange, who won the Philadelphia regional contest and then went on to win the national tryout. He says that the league will now operate as a single-owner entity, and the CBA will continue to be the official developmental league of the NBA. The 1978-79 season was the Continental Basketball Association's 1st, and 8 teams competed in the league that year. CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE. In that contest, 14 contestants were selected (one from each city), and the person making the longest shot was awarded a $1,000,000 zero-coupon bond.  On March 28, 2011, the Heartland Prowl announced they had left the ABA to join the CBL. June 1987: The CBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the season to 54 games. Basketball Coaches Without Boundaries celebrates its 21st year of Youth Basketball Summer League, Summer Basketball Instructional Camp and various social programs for the youth and Families of Frederick County. The Eastern League also signed 7-foot center Bill Spivey, the former University of Kentucky standout who was accused of point-shaving (although Spivey was acquitted of all charges, the NBA still banned him from the league for life). 62-57 (L) - Continental vs. North Central RESULT Loss Played on 1/25/2020 Kauffman executed a plan to bring the Anchorage Northern Knights into the league beginning with the 1977-78 season.  The maneuver was not enough. The Rochester Zeniths won the 1978-79 CBA championship. Because the 1961-63 American Basketball League used a three-point scoring line, the Eastern League added a three-point line for its 1964-65 season. At the end of the 2005–2006 season, three current and one expansion CBA franchise jumped to the NBDL. Women's Continental League Cup: Man City progress despite shootout loss to Man Utd Last updated on 19 November 2020 19 November 2020 . This rule (which was designed to encourage drives to the hoop) caused more confusion than scoring, and was quickly abandoned. In 1987 the CBA announced that they would allow teams to sign players banned for drug use by the NBA. The official site of the National Basketball Association. 1978-79 Continental Basketball Association League Leaders. CBA franchises usually selected players who had the higher chance to sign for them instead of signing overseas or in the NBA, even though some teams used their picks in the later rounds to select players who were likely to be drafted in the NBA, in the event these players were cut in the preseason. The league planned to return in the spring of 2013, but a lack of teams prevented that. A variation of this rule (using an arc rather than a box) would be adopted by the NBA in 2002, however, and later adopted by the, For a few years in the early 1980s the CBA offered a. Drucker also created a series of high-profile, big-money promotions that attracted increased attendance, league sponsorship and media interest. The salary cap was adjusted to reflect the increased games. 5A/4A Continental (Colorado) Basketball Standings. , On November 2, 2009, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs were the first team to announce joining the league. The all-black Dayton Rens competed in the 1948-49 National Basketball League. The league obtained eight new franchises (for a total of ten) for the 2006 season. From 1986 to 1989 he supervised the production of CBA telecasts on ESPN as President of CBA Properties. After the league's 1985 All-Star Game in Casper, Wyoming, the CBA invited fans to make a paper airplane from the centerfold of their game program (each identified with a unique serial number) and attempt to throw the paper airplane through the moon roof of a new Ford Thunderbird parked mid-court. In 2001, the NBA formed its own minor league, the National Basketball Development League (the NBDL or "D-League"). Carolina Cougarz - Fayetteville, North Carolina. 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