Continental Basketball Association

The Continental Basketball Association, or just briefly mentioned CBA, was an American basketball organization. It is the USA Basketball assumed the basketball governing body in the United States.

This league was until 2009 the oldest existing to the longest professional basketball league in the world. The NBA 's predecessor, the Basketball Association of America began operations in June 1946, two months after the founding of the CBA. The first CBA commissioner was Harry Rudolph. The operation of the CBA, which was in 2001 after a bankruptcy already become questionable, was set in 2009 and not resumed.


On April 23, 1946, the CBA was founded under the name of Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League. First, there were six teams ( Wilkes -Barre, Hazleton, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and Binghamton ).

1948, the League in Eastern Professional Basketball League was renamed. Over the years, teams from Williamsport, Scranton, Sunbury, Trenton, Camden, Asbury Park, New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Wilmington and Springfield was taken.

After the league was renamed in 1971 in Eastern Basketball Association, she was on 1 June 1978 the present name: Continental Basketball Association. It came especially at the beginning of the 80s many new teams to CBA (eg, the Patroons of Albany, Catbirds from Louisville / La Crosse, Thunder from the Quad Cities or Yakima Sun Kings from ).

In the year 1999, all CBA teams were bought by an investment group led by former NBA star Isiah Thomas. The plan to allow control the league by a single owner, failed and CBA was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2001 and set the game mode first.

International Basketball League ( IBL)

In 1999, the International Basketball League founded. After the CBA served as the NBA Development League for over twenty years, it was announced in the summer of 2000, the decision of the NBA, that after the 2001 season, the NBA Development League should be established. Thus, the CBA was no longer the official structure of the NBA League. The resulting difficulties led to the bankruptcy of the CBA a year later and made ​​sure that several franchises of the CBA changed in the IBL.

CBA (2001 to 2010)

In the fall of 2001, the teams of the CBA and IBL banded together after the bankruptcy of the CBA, bought the CBA rights (including name and logo) and started the CBA operation again.

In the summer of 2009, only two teams in the CBA for the continuation of gaming operations in the following year were ready, so you stopped the game operation for 2010 and did not resume.

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