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The Basketball League (TBL)
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2019 TBL season
TheBasketBallLeague Logo.jpeg
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 2018
CEOEvelyn Magley
President Dave Magley
Commissioner Paul Mokeski
Motto“Where the spirit of the game lives”
No. of teams 9
Countries United States
Continent FIBA Americas ( Americas)
Most recent
Yakima SunKings (2018)
Official website

The Basketball League (TBL) is a minor professional basketball league operating in North America that began play in 2018 as North American Premier Basketball (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). [1] 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. [2]

The league launched its inaugural 2018 season with eight teams: the Albany Patroons, Kansas City Tornados, 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. [3]

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). [4] 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. [5] During the league changes, the Ohio Bootleggers, Rochester Razorsharks, and Vancouver Knights folded while the Bellevue team never came to fruition. The league then added the existing teams, the Jamestown Jackals and New York Court Kings, in addition to the three previously announced expansion teams, the Raleigh Firebirds, San Diego Waves, and Tampa Bay Titans. Three teams also slightly rebranded with the Kansas City Tornadoes, Mesquite Desert Dogs, and Owensboro Thoroughbreds. The 2019 season commenced with ten teams.

During the second season, there were many canceled and rescheduled games. [6] The league apparently cut its season short, with the New York Court Kings and Kansas City Tornadoes either folding or ceasing operations for the season. [7]


2019 teams

Team City Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head coach
Albany Patroons Albany, New York Washington Avenue Armory 3,600–4,300 2017 2018 Derrick Rowland
Jamestown Jackals Jamestown, New York Jamestown Community College 1,400 2015 2019 Mark Anderson
Kansas City Tornadoes Kansas City, Missouri Hy-Vee Arena 8,500 2017 2018 Eddie Corporal
Mesquite Desert Dogs Mesquite, Nevada Virgin Valley High School 2017 2018 Carlnel Wiley
Owensboro Thoroughbreds Owensboro, Kentucky Owensboro Sportscenter 5,000 2017 2018 Adam Chrisco
Raleigh Firebirds Raleigh, North Carolina Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School 2,000 2018 2019 Robert Brickey
San Diego Waves San Diego, California San Diego Mesa College 1,500 2018 2019 Adrian Hayes
Tampa Bay Titans Tampa, Florida Memorial Middle School 1,500 2018 2019
Yakima SunKings Yakima, Washington Yakima SunDome 6,159 2017 2018 Paul Woolpert

Future teams

Team City Arena Capacity Founded Joining Head coach
Dallas Redbirds Dallas, Texas 2018 2020
Rochester Revolution Rochester, New York 2019 2020 Armando Villanueva

Former teams

Team City Arena Seasons Notes
Bellevue Bellevue, Washington Announced 2019 NAPB expansion team; never mentioned after transition to TBL
New York Court Kings Queens, New York Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Center 2019 Apparently ceased operations during the season
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
Rochester Razorsharks Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 2018 Played the 2018 NAPB season and was among the teams listed as members in the TBL; removed as listed members upon 2019 schedule release
Vancouver Knights Richmond, British Columbia Richmond Olympic Oval 2018 Ownership transferred during the 2018 season; not listed by TBL as a 2019 member

Team timeline

Current teams in tan
Former teams in dark tan
Announced future teams in green

Rochester Revolution Dallas Redbirds Tampa Bay Titans San Diego Waves Raleigh Firebirds New York Court Kings Jamestown Jackals Yakima SunKings Vancouver Knights Rochester Razorsharks Ohio Bootleggers Mesquite Desert Dogs Owensboro Thoroughbreds Kansas City Tornadoes Albany Patroons


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
2019 Yakima SunKings

See also


  1. ^ "KU notebook: Ex-Jayhawk David Magley leaves Canada pro league for new venture in U.S." The Kansas City Star. July 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "The North American Premier Basketball League". NAPB.
  3. ^ "State of the NAPB: Magley shares thoughts on first half of season". NAPB. February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Meet the First Black Female Owner of a Male Professional Basketball League (Not a Team, But a League!)". Black News. July 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mesquite (Nevada) Desert Dogs coming back for 2019". Mesquite Local News. August 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "GOOD AND BAD NEWS FOR DESERT DOGS". Mesquite Local News. April 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Patroons trying to make it work". Times Union. April 8, 2019.

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