Lively Tales About Dead Teams

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Major League sports in the United States are a pretty solid investment. The last time a franchise in the Big Four (NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball) went out of business was in 1978.*  1978!  Try to think of another marketplace that hasn’t lost a single participating business across four decades of relentless technology change and disruption.

But the minor leagues and start-up concepts like indoor soccer, box lacrosse and basketball leagues for short men are a different story. The lunatic fringe of the pro sports industry is a land of hustlers and marks, grand delusions and shoestring budgets, guerilla marketing and Ponzi schemes, of humble beginnings and even humbler endings. There are literally thousands of such teams that have come and gone from the North American pro sports landscape.  Some played for decades. Some folded without ever making it to the field or court. Most of them, whatever their other failings, were a hell of a lot of fun.

We try our best to keep track of them all here.

*If you knew it the Cleveland Barons of the National Hockey League, you are really going to like it here.


About Andrew Crossley

Andrew Crossley started writing Fun While It Lasted in February 2011. He worked as a front office executive in various minor professional sports leagues for the better part of fifteen years between college and children. Including:

  • 1996 – Atlanta Committee For the Olympic Games – Associate Envoy to the Russian Olympic Delegation
  • 2000 – Boston Bulldogs/Boston Renegades/Cape Cod Crusaders Pro Soccer – Director of Public Relations
  • 2001 – 2002 Nashua Pride Professional Baseball – Director of Public Relations & Promotions
  • 2003 – Nashua  Pride Professional Baseball – Assistant General Manager
  • 2004-2005 – Brockton Rox Professional Baseball – Assistant General Manager
  • 2005-2007 – Brockton Rox Professional Baseball – General Manager
  • 2007-2009 – Boston Breakers Women’s Professional Soccer – Director of Business Development
  • 2009-2011 – Boston Breakers Women’s Professional Soccer – General Manager


Andrew lives with his wife and two children near Boston, Massachusetts. He has taught courses in sports management at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Endicott College.  A few times a year he is asked to advise someone on a minor league sports investment.

His advice is: No.


How To Search Fun While It Lasted

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You can also use the drop down navigation menus at the top of each page to search by sport, league and team.


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Written by AC

February 25th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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  1. Maybe you can help me. Some time in the mid 80s, I briefly worked for a fledgling basketball league. I can’t remember if they were supposed to be a minor league thing or competition to the NBA. The Long Island team was to play at Hofstra University. I thought it was called the UBL, but that’s another league entirely. I wish my memory was better. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?

    Michele Catalano

    11 Aug 11 at 6:51 am

  2. Hi Michele,

    It played in the spring/summer time right? That was the United States Basketball League (USBL) and they had a couple of teams on Long Island over the years. Definitely a minor league league. The league hung in there for more than two decades, finally shutting down after the 2007 season.


    12 Aug 11 at 12:03 pm

  3. Stumbled across your website just recently. Great in depth blog on some defunct teams.

    Wondering if you have read the book “Sports Hall of Oblivion”. I got that book on inter-library loan from, I believe, the Windsor Public Library some time ago.

    Will Scheibler

    25 Sep 11 at 12:29 pm

  4. Fantastic Site! I look forward to your future posts. Being a fan of women’s sports you will unfortunately have unlimited material. Looking forward to it!


    10 Oct 11 at 3:59 pm

  5. Mr. Crossley,

    I’d like to nominate a team for the “Crime & Punishment” tag. The 2010 Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association went 16-0 and won the league championship, then weeks later were shut down when the owners were arrested for embezzlement. Months later, the rest of the league collapsed.

    In fact, I’m hoping you’ll get to indoor football soon, because the old-timers at know about a lot of screwed-up franchises, including some other arrested owners. The four non-Arena leagues are still good for a few hilarious catastrophes between them per season. The story of the seeming success and shocking expulsion of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters looks to still have a few hidden wrinkles, probably hidden under the flab of its general manager-turned starting QB, 300 lb NFL veteran Jared Lorenzen.


    29 Oct 11 at 8:13 pm

  6. I just discovered your website today and have to say I really enjoy it. Since I was a kid I have always had a fascination with minor league sports. I especially enjoyed the two posts you did on Roller Hockey International franchises. Please post more on the RHI and the many teams that came and went during its short 6 season history.


    31 Dec 11 at 6:27 pm

  7. Hi Andy,

    Here is an obscure league that you may wish to include in your blog:

    [Played one exhibition game on 10th February 1991 before disbanding]
    Founded by Jim Drucker, a former Continental Basketball Association commissioner, the LBA tried gimmicks such as 9′ 2″ high baskets, a 25″
    circumference basketball and skin-tight unitards for its players. The league only survived one game as the Detroit Dazzlers defeated LBA All-Stars at the Palace of Auburn Hills in front of 10,753 spectators
    on ESPN.

    Chicago Slammers [Chicago, IL] 1991
    Detroit Dazzlers [Auburn Hills, MI] 1991
    LBA All-Stars 1991
    Los Angeles Lancers [Los Angeles, CA] 1991
    New York Blasters [New York, NY] 1991
    Philadelphia Freedoms [Philadelphia, PA] 1991

    Graham Clayton

    23 Sep 13 at 1:03 pm

  8. Dear Andy,

    This is an excellent weblog with some interesting, entertaining and informative submissions.

    As Graham aforementioned the LBA was a unique approach to the game. The idea behind the rule adaptations were based on research analysis revealing that Women’s basketball players are 92% the size of Men’s basketball players. Hence the 9’2″ goal height and 25″ ball size. I actually made the league roster; moreover the season folded right after the half-time NBA exhibition game. We did however practice on the 9’2″ goals for several months. I even have video footage of all of us dunking at will.

    Many of the players that would have played in the LBA, had it been launched, played in the WBA. The WBA league also started with an All-Star Game in 1992 and then played three full seasons from 1993-95. The founder of the WBA, Lightning Mitchell, has a movie in production that will tell the story of the first professional Women’s basketball summer league. I am sure this will be an entertaining film chronicling the highlights and mishaps of one of the foremost pioneers of Women’s professional basketball.

    I will pass on this weblog to my former teammates and opponents in the league in hopes that they will share their stories.

    Dr. Robelyn Garcia

  9. Hi Andy,

    I’ve a good deal of information on the 1976 ASL Championship winning LA Skyhawks, as my father, Brian, played in goal for them.

    I’ve commented on the programs you have for the Skyhawks for the ’76 season, but if you want any additional information, drop me a line via email.

    Graham Parkinson

    Graham Parkinson

    23 Jan 16 at 1:17 pm

  10. Another former long-time ALPB staffer, about to make what might be a last pilgrimage to Bridgeport as the Fish are on the ropes. The city is making noise like they will turn Harbor Yard into a concert venue, stay tuned. Loved those early years, where the Bears seemed to play the Pats every other afternoon at Bport to dozens of adoring fans and guys ended up living in a campground by midseason one year. Good times.



    Johnny Domino

    30 Aug 17 at 5:43 pm

  11. Cool blog … you may be interested to know the Albany Patroons have been revived as part of the brand-new North American Premier Basketball league, and are back playing in the old Armory as of this month. Your blog title says it all – I attended many Pats games in the ’80s, and it was a great time. Thanks for the memories!

    David S Brickman

    17 Jan 18 at 2:11 pm

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