Continental Basketball Association

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Continental Basketball Association

sport basketball
abbreviation CBA
League foundation April 23, 1946
League dissolution June 1, 2009
Country countries United States
Title holder Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry
Record champions Wilkes-Barre Barons and Allentown Jets (8 ×)

The Continental Basketball Association ( CBA ) called, was an American Basketball League . Until 2009 it was the oldest and longest-running professional basketball league in the world. It began operations in June 1946, two months before the NBA's predecessor Basketball Association of America (BAA) was founded.

The first CBA commissioner was Harry Rudolph. The league's operations, which had already become questionable after bankruptcy in 2001, was discontinued in 2009 and never resumed.


On April 23, 1946, the CBA was founded under the name Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League . Initially there were six teams ( Wilkes-Barre , Hazleton , Allentown , Lancaster , Reading and Binghamton ).

In 1948 the league was renamed the Eastern Professional Basketball League . Over the years, teams from Williamsport , Scranton , Sunbury, Trenton , Camden , Asbury Park , New Haven , Hartford , Bridgeport , Wilmington and Springfield have been included.

After the league was renamed Eastern Basketball Association in 1971 , it was given its current name on June 1, 1978: Continental Basketball Association . Many new teams joined the CBA, especially at the beginning of the 1980s (e.g. the Patroons from Albany , Catbirds from Louisville / La Crosse , Thunder from Quad Cities or the Sun Kings from Yakima ).

In 1999, all of the CBA teams were bought up by an investment group led by former NBA star Isiah Thomas . The plan to let a single owner control the league failed and CBA had to file for bankruptcy in 2001 and initially stop playing.

International Basketball League (IBL)

In 1999 the International Basketball League was founded . After the CBA had served as the NBA's development league for more than twenty years, the NBA's decision was announced in the summer of 2000 that the NBA Development League would be founded after the 2001 season . This meant that the CBA was no longer the official development league of the NBA. The resulting difficulties led to the bankruptcy of the CBA a year later and ensured that several CBA franchises switched to IBL.

CBA (2001 to 2010)

In the fall of 2001, the CBA and IBL teams joined forces after the CBA went bankrupt, bought the CBA rights (including name and logo) and restarted CBA operations.

In the summer of 2009, only two CBA teams were ready to continue operations in the following year, so that operations for 2010 were discontinued and not resumed.

CBA master

  • 1996/97: Oklahoma City Cavalry
  • 1997/98: Quad City Thunder
  • 1998/99: Connecticut Pride
  • 1999/00: Yakima Sun Kings
  • 2000/01: League operations were discontinued during the season
  • 2001/02: Dakota Wizards
  • 2002/03: Yakima Sun Kings
  • 2003/04: Dakota Wizards
  • 2004/05: Sioux Falls Skyforce
  • 2005/06: Yakama Sun Kings
  • 2006/07: Yakama Sun Kings
  • 2007/08: Oklahoma Cavalry
  • 2008/09: Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry
  • 2009/10: League operations were suspended before the season

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ L. John Wertheim: Nice Rebound. Sports Illustrated , November 18, 2002, accessed May 10, 2013 .