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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 10
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 Tornadoes, 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]


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 Rising Star Sports Ranch 600 2017 2018 Carlnel Wiley
New York Court Kings Queens, New York Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Center 1,000 2012 2019
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

Former teams

Team City Arena Seasons Notes
Bellevue Bellevue, Washington Announced 2019 NAPB expansion team; never mentioned after transition to TBL
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

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

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.

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