- Premier Basketball League
Infobox sports league
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founded = 2007
teams = 13
country = USA
website = [http://www.pblproball.com/ http://www.pblproball.com/]
The Premier Basketball League (
PBL) is a professional basketballleague that began play in January 2008. The league had ten teams for the 2008 season.
The PBL was born out of frustrations several former member teams of the modern American Basketball Association (ABA) had with that league. Eight of the initial ten teams either played in or were slated to play in the ABA.
Original Ten Teams
"* -ABA team"
In early 2007,
Joe Newmanwas voted out of his position as CEO of the ABA by the board of directors, which included Maryland Nighthawksowner and then-ABA COO Tom Doyle, due to dissatisfaction with how Newman executed his duties as CEO. Newman responded by using his and other shares that formed a controlling interest to remove the entire board of directors. [cite web | url = http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1332044/000114420407005571/v064649_8k.htm | title = United States Securities And Exchange Commission Form 8-K | date = 2007-01-31 | accessdate = 2008-05-21]
Newman then refused to reschedule a weather-delayed playoff game between the
Rochester Razorsharksand Wilmington Sea Dawgsalthough the two teams agreed to a make up date, wanting instead to force Rochester to accept a forfeit. [cite web | url = http://www.starnewsonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070324/NEWS/703240374/-1/State | title = Sea Dawgs are unlikely hosts | last = George | first = Rachel | date = 2007-03-24 | accessdate = 2008-05-21 | publisher = Wilmington Star News ]
It was on the heels of these two incidents that the Nighthawks and Razorsharks ownership groups combined forces to create the PBL.
Current PBL Teams with ABA Pasts
"* - Slated to play in ABA but never played"
Houston Rocketspoint guard and current NBA on TNTanalyst Kenny Smithis the league's first commissioner. cite web | title = Nighthawks prep for New Year, new league | publisher = Gazette.Net | date = 2008-01-02 | last = Rao | first = Chay | url = http://www.gazette.net/stories/010208/gaitspo165521_32357.shtml | accessdate = 2008-01-15] [ cite web| title = NBA Legend Kenny Smith Named PBL Commissioner | publisher = Premier Basketball League | date = 2007-12-06 | url = http://www.pblproball.com/press/league/20071206-KennySmithNamed.htm | accessdate = 2008-01-15]
econd year defections from other leagues
During the 2008 off season, six more former ABA teams decided to move to the PBL. First, on
May 9, the Manchester Millratsand the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 ABA champion Vermont Frost Heavesmoved.cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3637863 | title = Premier Basketball League Welcomes Vermont Frost Heaves And Manchester Millrats | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-05-09 | accessdate = 2008-05-09 ] Then on May 20, the inactive Detroit Panthers re-activated and joined the league.cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3643972 | title = Detroit Panthers Join Premier Basketball League | date = 2008-05-20 | accessdate = 2008-05-20 | publisher = Our Sports Central ] And on May 21, the Quebec Kebsjoined.cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3644389 | title = Quebec Kebs Join Premier Basketball League | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-05-21 | accessdate = 2008-05-21] On June 5another team with an ABA history, the Augusta Groove, joined the league, but from the Continental Basketball Association.cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3653860 | title = Premier Basketball League Welcomes Augusta Groove | date = 2008-06-05 | accessdate = 2008-06-05 | publisher = Our Sports Central ] On June 23, the Halifax Rainmen, announced they were also joining. cite web | url = http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/73452 | title = Rainmen to join Premier Basketball League | publisher = Halifax Metro.Ca | date = 2008-06-23 | accessdate = 2008-06-23] The first International Basketball Leaguedefection came on July 31when the Battle Creek Knightsjoined the league.cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3692898 | title = Premier Basketball League Welcomes Battle Creek Knights | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-07-31 | accessdate = 2008-07-31 ]
2008-09 Teams [ [http://www.pblproball.com/teamsites/ 2008-09 PBL Team Websites] ]
Battle Creek Knights
Maryland Nighthawks(will play abroad during the 2008-2009 season) [cite web | title = Maryland Nighthawks To Be Internationally Showcased | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3725822 | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-10-07 | accessdate = 2008-10-08 ]
Mid-Michigan Destroyers[cite web | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3725816 | title = Premier Basketball League Welcomes Mid-Michigan Destroyers | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-10-07 | accessdate = 2008-10-07 ]
Quad City Riverhawks(will sit out the 2008-2009 season) [cite web | title = Quad City Riverhawks To Sit Out 2009 Season | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3714521 | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-09-05 | accessdate = 2008-09-13 ]
Reading Railers(will sit out the 2008-2009 season) [cite web | title = Reading Railers To Sit Out 2009 Season | url = http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3723999 | publisher = Our Sports Central | date = 2008-10-02 | accessdate = 2008-10-02 ]
Vermont Frost Heaves
Wilmington Sea Dawgs
Defunct Teams/Failed Expansion
* Bridgeport, Connecticut
Buffalo Dragons- sold to the management of the Buffalo Sharksof the ABA to form the Buffalo Stampede.cite web | url = http://www.buffalonews.com/291/story/442767.html | title = Teams merge to form Stampede | last = McKissic | first = Rodney | publisher = The Buffalo News| date = 2008-09-19 | accessdate = 2008-09-19 ]
Chicago Aztecas- will be PBL representative travel team
Dallas Defenders- ownership revoked midseason, replaced by league-run replacement, folded when no outside owner could be found
Jacksonville JAM- expelled by league, searching for other options
Jacksonville SLAM- league-run replacement for JAM, folded when no outside owner could be found
Minnesota Ripknees- returned to ABA, folded shortly afterwards
Rockford Fury- folded when the PBL instituted a "one team per owner" rule [cite web | title = Fury Finished | publisher = MyStateline.com | date = 2008-08-08 | accessdate = 2008-08-12 | url = http://mystateline.com/content/fulltext/?cid=18671 ]
Southeast Asian All-Stars- previously announced by PBL, have not been heard from since and not on official website's team roster.
Toronto Lazers- previously announced by PBL, have not been heard from since and not on official website's team roster.
* 2008: Jeremy Bell,
* 2008: Keith Friel,
Coach of the Year
* 2008: Rod Baker,
Championship Game results
Rochester Razorsharksdefeated Arkansas Impact, 142-112 ( Blue Cross Arena)
List of developmental and minor sports leagues
* [http://www.pblproball.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070321/SPORTS/70321037/1007 News story announcing league's formation]
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