[1] 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. On February 2, 2009, the league announced a halt to operations, turning a scheduled series between the Albany Patroons and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry into the league-championship series. 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. 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. 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. Thomas embarked on a 30-year career as a special education teacher. October 7, 1999: Sale of the CBA to Thomas is finalized. 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. Lancaster, PA 17603 Ph 1.717.358.4463 Privacy Policy In an interesting twist, Lange went on to coach the Philadelphia Spirit in the USBL. The league also removed the Miami Stars and the Palm Beach Titans from the team list for the 2011 season. The youth basketball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 years old. [1] The league is headquartered in Florida. 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. That would soon lead to the beginning of the end for the CBA. 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. The Port City Sharks failed to play the complete schedule and were replaced in later games by travel teams. 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. 1978-79 Continental Basketball Association League Leaders. 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. In 1979, the NBA signed four players from the newly renamed CBA. In 1948, the league was renamed the Eastern Professional Basketball League. The Continental varsity basketball team lost Tuesday's neutral non-conference game against Wayne Trace (Haviland, OH) by a score of 41-28. Some examples include Nick Van Exel (1993, Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA),[22][23] Dontonio Wingfield (1994, Seattle SuperSonics and Rapid City Thrillers),[24][25] Stephen Jackson (1997, Phoenix Suns and La Crosse Bobcats),[26][27] Jason Hart (2000, Milwaukee Bucks and Idaho Stampede);[28][29] and several others. From the section Women's Football 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. 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). In 1980, the CBA became the official development league of the NBA.[12]. Drucker (son of Norm Drucker, another top NBA referee) continued his 12-year association with the CBA until 1986 as Commissioner and general counsel. The AL and NL refused to budge and this prompted William Shea and others to press for the new league. 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. 10 Continental at Hol In an era where the typical basketball halftime promotion, even in NCAA Division I and the NBA, would feature a winning prize worth less than $100, the CBA's Supershot (created in 1983) offered a grand prize of $1 million if a randomly selected fan could hit one shot from the far foul line, 69.75 feet (21.26 m). 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. AURORA | Selections from Regis Jesuit and others from Castle View, Chaparral, Douglas County, Heritage, Highlands Ranch, Legend, Mountain Vista, Ponderosa, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge on the All-Continental League first and second teams for the 2019-20 boys basketball season: Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. 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. [24] In 1997, Lamar Odom, then a highly recruited high school prospect, was given the opportunity to enter the CBA draft and choose the team he wanted to play for, reversing the traditional drafting process;[33] Odom, however, decided not to hire an agent and opted to play in college. The Continental Basketball League is a Pan-African sport league modelled after the NBA and Euroleague with the vision of creating opportunities in the sports industry by capturing the rich entertainment culture of Africans to promote sports tourism. [1], On November 2, 2009, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs were the first team to announce joining the league. 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. When Thomas graduated from Maryland State in 1965 he had a chance to play in the Continental Football League, but chose not to. By the 1967-68 season, the Eastern League lost many of its players when the upstart American Basketball Association formed. This rule (which was designed to encourage drives to the hoop) caused more confusion than scoring, and was quickly abandoned. [11] Now, the league stays defunct.[1]. 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. [7] Several of its teams briefly joined the now-defunct International Basketball League. Follow the action on NBA scores, schedules, stats, news, Team and Player news. [20] This allowed the CBA teams to have a wider selection of players: the selection criteria were the same as the NBA draft. [21] While initially the draft was limited to players who were not drafted in the NBA,[20] this later changed, and on several occasions players were drafted by both the NBA and the CBA. June 28, 2000: Thomas is offered the head coaching job of the NBA's Indiana Pacers. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@sentinelcolorado… The CBA, receiving no compensation from the NBA for these signings, filed a lawsuit against the NBA. Centennial Conference 563 College Avenue W-560. 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. The league used this method to calculate division standings from its implementation in 1983 until the league's end in 2009. 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. Shea, with the help of several other wealthy aficionados, organized to establish the Continental League with eight teams, one in New York and another in Toronto—hence the continental moniker. Although three-point plays during the 1960s were few and far between, the Eastern League developed several scorers who used the three-point shot to their advantage. S ertoma Off-Street Basketball League, of Frederick, is a non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing the youth of our community a quality basketball program. Four fans were successful and a tie-breaker determined the winner, who drove home with the new $17,000 personal luxury car. A virtual museum of sports logos, uniforms and historical … A player cannot foul out of the game; after a player's sixth personal foul, the opposing team receives an automatic free throw. NBA/CBA relations grew tense again in 1982, when the CBA added the Detroit Spirits franchise to their league roster. 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. 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. Season standings were changed from a win-loss percentage, to the "7 Point System". With tryouts in cities nationwide, the promotion gained the league national attention on the NBC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, in Sports Illustrated and other media. 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. Kauffman served as Commissioner until 1978, when his Deputy Commissioner, Jim Drucker, took the reins. During the 1946-47 Eastern League season, the Hazleton Mountaineers had three African-American players on their roster during the season – Bill Brown, Zack Clayton and John Isaacs. Isaacs previously played with an all-black touring squad (the Washington Bears), while Brown and Clayton were alumni of the Harlem Globetrotters. Thomas chooses not to sell. [7], Two weeks into the 2010 season, the Steel left the league for the World Basketball Association (WBA)[8] and was replaced by the Birmingham Sabers[9] On 1 June 2010, the Georgia Gwizzlies were removed from the league for failure to meet operating standards, after having missed games against Birmingham and Wilmington[10]. The all-black Dayton Rens competed in the 1948-49 National Basketball League. In April 2011, the Gainesville Galaxy joined. The former South Shore League Player of the Year was named a SSL All-Star for a third time and became the first player in program history to score 1,000 career points. On this day, Thomas signs a letter of intent to sell the CBA to the NBA Players' Association. The 1978-79 season was the Continental Basketball Association's 1st, and 8 teams competed in the league that year. The Continental Basketball League (CBL) was a men's basketball minor league in the United States that began play in April 2010. Box Score. The EPBL, however, could sign him and Scott played 77 games for the Allentown Jets before later joining the NBA's Detroit Pistons. [4] On February 18, 2010, the Savannah Wildcats became the third team in the CBL. The Atlanta Krunk Wolverines and Vancouver Dragons deferred their participation until the 2007–2008 season and the Utah Eagles folded on January 25, 2007. 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. 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. 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. Five former CBA team owners repurchase their franchises and join the rival. [16] Sometime between April and early May, the Fayetteville Crossover was added. The CBA teams, in turn, would receive compensation for each 10-day contract. The Continental Basketball Association, with … Since the Spirits played in the same city as the NBA's Pistons, the NBA did not renew its year-to-year agreement with the CBA. Summer 2000: After 20 years of using the CBA as its developmental league, the NBA announces it will form its own minor-league feeder system, creating the, October 2, 2000: Thomas places the league into a. February 8, 2001: The CBA suspends play midway through the 2000-2001 season. The league obtained eight new franchises (for a total of ten) for the 2006 season. After putting up impressive numbers this season in the NBA Development League, Linganore grad Joe Alexander has landed a spot with one of the Euroleague’s most successful teams. Background For most of the 1980′s and 1990′s, the Continental Basketball Association was … The 2008–2009 season began with only four teams, instead of the expected five. With Eye Toward N.B.A. 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.[13]. 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). Sertoma will keep the welfare of its participants free of any adult ambition or personal glory and will promote the ideals of youth sports regardless of race, religion, gender or national origin. 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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. [12][13] On March 28, 2011, the Heartland Prowl announced they had left the ABA to join the CBL. 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.[1]. [19] The Florida Flight moved to the newly formed Florida Basketball Association, and the Miami Stars and Palm Beach Titans went with them.[20]. [3] The league was renamed the Continental Basketball Association the following season, eventually leading to expansion across the country. 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. Allentown Jets (20-21) - Roster | Statistics. 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). 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). Shortly after this announcement, the CBL announced the addition of the Port City Sharks as a replacement for the Wildcats in Savannah, Georgia. Kauffman remained the League's legal counsel for two years. During the early years of the CBA (when it was known as the EPBL), the league's relationship with the NBA was frosty at best. The group bought all of the individually owned franchises of the CBA, in a $10 million acquisition. [20] As for the NBA draft, players had to renounce their college eligibility if they wanted to declare early. [14] 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. Continental Little League has opened registration for the 2021 season! Sometimes rules adopted by the CBA on an experimental basis later became permanent in that league and were adopted by other levels of basketball as well; others remained unique to the CBA. Kauffman executed a plan to bring the Anchorage Northern Knights into the league beginning with the 1977-78 season. In 2012, the Raleigh Rough Riders were added to the league. The average salary of $1,500 per week will be reduced to $1,100, with rookies getting $800. 3 Tinora at Continental 7:30 PMDec. 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. March 2000: The NBA offers Thomas $11 million plus a percentage of the profits for the CBA. We are excited to offer multiple league programs to accommodate county and state guidelines in 2021. 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. Posted Tue, Jan 28 2020. The Eastern League became a haven for players who wanted to play professionally, but were barred from the NBA because of academic restrictions. The playoffs became a one game championship between the first and second place teams, the Sea Dawgs and Wildcats respectively, which was won by the Wildcats 96-86 in overtime. [10] The maneuver was not enough. 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.