The Basketball League
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Upcoming season or competition:|
2019 TBL season
|Motto||“Where the spirit of the game lives”|
|No. of teams||11|
United States |
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Yakima SunKings (2018)|
The Basketball League (TBL) is a minor professional basketball league operating in North America that began play in 2018 as the North American Premier Basketball League (NAPB).
On July 7, 2017, Dr. Sev Hrywnak and Dave Magley announced the formation of a new professional basketball league. Magley previously served as Commissioner for the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). Dr. Sev Hrywnak is the owner of the Rochester Razorsharks. Teams are based throughout the United States and Western Canada. Over the course of two years, the league administration located cities that formerly hosted basketball teams in the defunct Continental Basketball Association, the Premier Basketball League, defunct NBA teams and other potential sports markets. The purpose of the league is to provide opportunities for community involvement particularly schools from the elementary to high school levels. Programs include players reading to younger children, hosting basketball camps for teens, and speaking in school-wide assemblies about substance abuse and staying in school.
The league launched its inaugural 2018 season with eight teams: the Albany Patroons, Kansas City Tornadoes, Kentucky Thoroughbreds, Nevada Desert Dogs, Ohio Cardinals, Rochester Razorsharks, Vancouver Knights, and the Yakima SunKings. The Ohio Cardinals were replaced midseason by the Ohio Bootleggers, a team operated by the former ownership of the Vancouver Knights.
On February 25, 2018, Dave Magley stated that there were four more approved franchises in Bellevue, Washington, Raleigh, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, and San Diego, California, with the goal of 16 total well-funded teams, for a 2019 season.
After the first NAPB season, Magley acquired the league as sole owner, moved the headquarters to Indiana, and named Evelyn Magley as the new CEO. On July 14, the league was rebranded as The Basketball League (TBL). Paul Mokeski, head coach and general manager of the Nevada Desert Dogs during the inaugural season, was then named commissioner of the league for the 2019 season.
|Dallas Redbirds||Dallas, Texas||2018||2020|
|Bellevue||Bellevue, Washington||—||—||Announced 2019 NAPB expansion team; never mentioned after transition to TBL|
|Ohio Bootleggers||Westerville, Ohio||Otterbein University Rike Center||2018||Originally the Ohio Cardinals; franchise transferred to the owners of the Vancouver Knights during the 2018 season; not listed by TBL as a 2019 member|
|Vancouver Knights||Richmond, British Columbia||Richmond Olympic Oval||2018||Ownership transferred during the 2018 season; not listed by TBL as a 2019 member|
Current teams in tan
Former teams in dark tan
Announced future teams in green
|Season||Regular season champion||Regular season MVP||Playoff champion||Playoff runner-up||Playoff MVP|
|2018||Yakima SunKings||Edwin Ubiles (Albany)||Yakima SunKings||Albany Patroons||Renaldo Major|
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