Baloncesto Profesional Colombiano

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Liga Directv de Baloncesto
Sport Basketball
Founded 1988
Inaugural season 1988
No. of teams 12
Country  Colombia
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Cimarrones de Choco (1st title)
Most titles Paisas-Arrieros de Antioquia, Búcaros de Santander (4 titles)
TV partner(s) DirecTV, Canal Capital, Canal 13, Telecaribe, Telepacífico, TRO, Teleantioquia, Telecafé, Teleislas
Official website Sitio web oficial

Baloncesto Profesional Colombiano (in English, Professional Colombian Basketball), now referred to mostly as Liga Directv Antigua Copa Invitacional FCB (or, FCB Invitational Cup), is the premier professional basketball championship in Colombia. The championship was established in 1992 and is organized by the Federación Colombiana de Baloncesto (in English, Colombian Basketball Federation). Initially the first national amateur championship was called Copa Sprite, sponsored by the eponymous soda trademark. This led the participating clubs to the creation of the División Mayor del Baloncesto Colombiano.[1] This way the first championship was performed, with the called Copa Sprite Profesional, in this version participated the following teams: Bogotá-Doria Promasa, Valle-Sensus 2, Antioquia-Sprite, Santander-Terpel, Barranquilla-Junior y Caldas-Ron Viejo de Caldas.[2]

League format[edit]

The championship consists of three rounds:[3]

  • Round Robin: The teams play 24 games each. The four top teams in the end reach the play offs.
  • The play offs: The first seed plays against the fourth, and the second seed against the third. The two teams which win their legs will play the finals. The best of seven games wins the leg.
  • The Finals: The two teams will play a best of seven games series.

Current clubs[edit]

Academia Montaña
Búcaros
Caribbean Heat
Cimarrones
Cafeteros
Cóndores
Halcones
Águilas
Once Caldas
Piratas-Guerreros
Bambuqueros
Current Teams
Team City Arena Capacity
Academia de la Montaña Medellín Coliseo Universidad de Medellín 6.000
Águilas Tunja Coliseo Municipal de Tunja 2.500
Bambuqueros Neiva Coliseo Álvaro Sánchez Silva 5.000
Búcaros Bucaramanga Coliseo Vicente Díaz Romero 5.000
Cafeteros Armenia Coliseo del Café 5.000
Caribbean Heat San Andrés Coliseo Genie Bay 5.000
Cimarrones Quibdó Coliseo Municipal de Quibdó 4.000
Cóndores Tocancipá Coliseo Municipal de Tocancipá 4.000
Guererros Bogotá Coliseo El Salitre 7.000
Halcones Cúcuta Coliseo Toto Hernández 5.000
Once Caldas Manizales Coliseo Jorge Arango Uribe 5.000
Piratas Bogotá Coliseo El Salitre 7.000
Defunct Teams
Team City Arena Capacity
Caimanes Barranquilla Coliseo Elías Chegwin 5.000
Cangrejeros Cartagena Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo 5.000
Indervalle Cali Coliseo Evangelista Mora 3.340
Islanders San Andrés Coliseo de San Luis 3.000
Sabios Manizales Coliseo Jorge Arango Uribe 5.000
Los Pastos Pasto Coliseo Sergio Antonio Ruano 4.000
Centauros Villavicencio Coliseo Alvaro Mesa Amaya 4.000
Expreso Azul Sibaté Coliseo XIUA 3.000
Pijaos Ibagué Coliseo Enrique Triana Castilla 3.000

Champions list[edit]

Semi-Professional era (1988 to 1991)[edit]

Year Champion Tournament
1988 Cali Sport - JGB I Copa Sprite
1989 Caldas Bancafetero Aces II Copa Sprite
1990 Antioquia - Sprite III Copa Sprite
1991 Valle - Sensus IV Copa Sprite

Profesional era (1992 - present)[edit]

Year Champion Tournament
1992 Valle - Sensus Copa Sprite Profesional
1993 Paisas - Pilsen I Copa Costeñita
1994 Leopardos de Bucaramanga II Copa Costeñita
1995 Caimanes de Barranquilla III Copa Costeñita
1996 Paisas - Pilsen IV Copa Costeñita
1997 Caimanes de Barranquilla V Copa Costeñita
1998 Caimanes de Barranquilla VI Copa Costeñita
1999 Piratas de Bogotá VII Copa Costeñita
2000 Sabios de Caldas VIII Copa Costeñita
2001 Paisas - Pilsen Copa Invitacional FCB-SALUDCOP-IDRD
2002 Cancelled
2003 Piratas de Bogotá Copa Invitacional FCB-SALUDCOP-IDRD
2004 Piratas de Bogotá Copa Invitacional FCB-SALUDCOP-IDRD
2005 Cancelled[4]
2006 Búcaros de Santander[5] Copa Invitacional FCB-SALUDCOP-IDRD
2007 Búcaros de Santander[6] Copa Invitacional FCB-SALUDCOP-IDRD
2008 Cúcuta-Norte Copa Invitacional FCB-IDRD
2009 Cúcuta-Norte Copa Invitacional FCB 2009
2010 Arrieros de Antioquia Copa Invitacional FCB 2010
2011 Búcaros de Santander Copa Invitacional FCB 2011
2012 Búcaros de Santander Copa Invitacional FCB 2012
2013-I Bambuqueros de Neiva Liga Directv de Baloncesto 2013-I
2013-II Guerreros de Bogotá Liga Directv de Baloncesto 2013-II
2014-I Cimarrones de Choco Liga Directv de Baloncesto 2014-I

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