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International Basketball League (1999-2001)

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The IBL was a brief attempt to established a nationwide second-tier pro basketball league in the late 1990’s.  Unlike its main rival – the established but perpetually struggling Continental Basketball Association (CBA) – the IBL placed its franchises primarily in Major League markets, such as Baltimore, Cincinnati, Saint Louis and San Diego.

During the IBL’s second season in the winter of 2000-01, the league held merger talks with the floundering CBA.  Before an agreement could be reached, the CBA went out of business in midseason.  The IBL immediately absorbed five smaller-market CBA clubs (Gary, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Rockford, Sioux Falls) and re-worked the remainder of its schedule to incorporate the refugees.  But the IBL had its own problems and folded after the end of its second season.  The five former CBA clubs survived by re-launching a new version of their old league.

International Basketball League Franchise List

Franchise Years Active IBL Champions
Baltimore Bayrunners 1999-2000
Cincinnati Stuff 1999-2001
Connecticut Pride 2001
Gary Steelheads 2001
Grand Rapids Hoops 2001
Las Vegas Bandits 2000-2001
Las Vegas Silver Bandits 1999-2000
New Mexico Slam 1999-2001
Richmond Rhythm 1999-2001
Rockford Lightning 2001
St. Louis Swarm 1999-2001 2000
San Diego Stingrays 1999-2000
Sioux Falls Skyforce 2001
Trenton Shooting Stars 1999-2001

Written by AC

April 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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