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Premier Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
No. of teams 9 (2 in Canada, 1 in Puerto Rico)
Country(ies)  United States
 Puerto Rico
Most recent champion(s) Rochester Razorsharks
Official website

The Premier Basketball League (PBL) is a professional men's basketball league that began play in January 2008. The league had ten teams for the 2008 season and thirteen teams for the 2009 season. Complete statistics for the 2009 season can be found at the CREZ Stats website.





The PBL was born out of frustrations several former member teams of the modern American Basketball Association (ABA) had with that league.[1] Eight of the initial ten teams either played in or were slated to play in the ABA.

Original Ten Teams

East Division
West Division

* - former ABA team

ABA Controversies

In early 2007, Joe Newman was voted out of his position as CEO of the ABA by the board of directors, which included Maryland Nighthawks owner and then-ABA COO Tom Doyle, due to dissatisfaction with how Newman executed his duties as CEO. Newman responded by using his and other shares that formed a controlling interest to remove the entire board of directors.[2]

Newman then refused to reschedule a weather-delayed playoff game between the Rochester Razorsharks and Wilmington Sea Dawgs although the two teams agreed to a make up date, wanting instead to force Rochester to accept a forfeit.[3]

It was on the heels of these two incidents that the Nighthawks and Razorsharks ownership groups combined forces to create the PBL.

Current Teams with ABA Pasts


Former Houston Rockets point guard and current NBA on TNT analyst Kenny Smith was the league's first commissioner. [1][4]

Year two

Defections from other leagues

During the 2008 off season, six more former ABA teams decided to move to the PBL. First, on May 9, the Manchester Millrats and the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 ABA champion Vermont Frost Heaves moved.[5] Then on May 20, the inactive Detroit Panthers re-activated and joined the league.[6] And on May 21, the Quebec Kebs joined.[7] On June 5 another team with an ABA history, the Augusta Groove, joined the league, but from the Continental Basketball Association.[8] On June 23, the Halifax Rainmen, an ABA team the previous year, announced they were also joining the PBL after a bid to join the NBA Development League fell short.[9] The first International Basketball League defection came on July 31 when the Battle Creek Knights joined the league.[10]

Franchise Failures

On February 5, 2009, the league removed the original ownership of the Montreal Sasquatch for non-payment of players and removed the team from the league.[11] Montreal's four best players were drafted by other teams and all of the other players were given unconditional releases.[12] However, on February 11, the league announced new ownership for the team and the team was reinstated for the remainder of the year.[13]

Two thirds of the way through their inaugural season, there was a split among the members of the ownership group of the Mid-Michigan Destroyers and the team suspended operations for at least 2009, if not permanently.[14] The league also said the remaining Mid-Michigan games on the schedule would be filled by the remaining teams in the league.[15]

Derailed Championship Game Series

The original league playoff plan called for an initial play-in game between the league's 4th and 5th seeds, then a best of three semi-final series and final series. The Rochester Razorsharks had to delay the third game of their semi-final series. By the time the finals would have taken place, there were concerns about date availability at Kellogg Arena (home of the Battle Creek Knights)[16] and the ability of the league to honor a commitment to broadcast the games overseas due to limited broadcast capability from Kellogg Arena.[17] So the series was switched to a single game at Blue Cross Arena over the objections of the Knights.[17]

Year three

In the aftermath of the confusing championship series, the Battle Creek Knights elected to leave the league and to take the season off.[18] Early reports suggested that the Wilmington Sea Dawgs had also parted ways with the PBL.[19] An announcment in November of 2009 confirmed it.[20] The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry joined the league from the CBA.[21] The Maryland Nighthawks changed the name of their franchise to the Maryland GreenHawks. [22]


Team City Arena (Capacity)
Buffalo Stampede United States Buffalo, New York Koessler Athletic Center (2,176)
Halifax Rainmen Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre (11,093)
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry[24] United States Lawton, Oklahoma Great Plains Coliseum (3,000)
Manchester Millrats United States Manchester, New Hampshire Southern New Hampshire Fieldhouse (2,000)
Maryland GreenHawks[24] United States Rockville, Maryland Thomas S. Wootton Athletic Center at Wootton High School
Puerto Rico Capitanes[24] Puerto Rico Arecibo, Puerto Rico Manuel "Petaca" Iguina Coliseum (14,000)
Quebec Kebs Canada Québec City, Québec PEPS de L'Université Laval (2,000)
Rochester Razorsharks United States Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena (12,428)
Vermont Frost Heaves United States Barre, Vermont Barre Auditorium (1,856)

Current, But Inactive Franchises

Team City Arena (Capacity)
Chicago Throwbacks[23] United States Chicago, Illinois Attack Athletics (1,000)
Detroit Panthers[25] United States Beverly Hills, Michigan Groves HS Arena (2,500)
Las Vegas Thunderbirds[24][26] United States Las Vegas, Nevada

Defunct Teams/Failed Expansion

Former Teams



Playoffs MVP

Coach of the Year

Sixth Man of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Championship Game results

For complete playoff results of past PBL seasons, see Premier Basketball League Playoff Results.

See also


  1. ^ a b Rao, Chay (2008-01-02), Nighthawks prep for New Year, new league, Gazette.Net,, retrieved 2008-01-15  
  2. ^ United States Securities And Exchange Commission Form 8-K, 2007-01-31,, retrieved 2008-05-21  
  3. ^ George, Rachel (2007-03-24), Sea Dawgs are unlikely hosts, Wilmington Star News,, retrieved 2008-05-21  
  4. ^ NBA Legend Kenny Smith Named PBL Commissioner, Premier Basketball League, 2007-12-06,, retrieved 2008-01-15  
  5. ^ Premier Basketball League Welcomes Vermont Frost Heaves And Manchester Millrats, Our Sports Central, 2008-05-09,, retrieved 2008-05-09  
  6. ^ Detroit Panthers Join Premier Basketball League, Our Sports Central, 2008-05-20,, retrieved 2008-05-20  
  7. ^ Quebec Kebs Join Premier Basketball League, Our Sports Central, 2008-05-21,, retrieved 2008-05-21  
  8. ^ Premier Basketball League Welcomes Augusta Groove, Our Sports Central, 2008-06-05,, retrieved 2008-06-05  
  9. ^ Rainmen to join Premier Basketball League, Halifax Metro.Ca, 2008-06-23,, retrieved 2008-06-23  
  10. ^ Premier Basketball League Welcomes Battle Creek Knights, Our Sports Central, 2008-07-31,, retrieved 2008-07-31  
  11. ^ PBL Makes Decision to Remove Montreal, Our Sports Central, 2009-02-05,, retrieved 2009-02-05  
  12. ^ PBL Conducts Dispersal Draft, Premier Basketball League, 2009-02-09,, retrieved 2009-02-12  
  13. ^ Premier Basketball League Continues in Montreal this Season, Our Sports Central, 2009-02-11,, retrieved 2009-02-12  
  14. ^ Pucko, Bill (2009-02-25), PBL Loses Another Team,,, retrieved 2009-04-04  
  15. ^ PBL Grants Mid-Michigan a Suspension of Operations, Our Sports Central, 2009-02-25,, retrieved 2009-02-25  
  16. ^ Van Horn, Chris (2009-04-19), Rochester RazorSharks staying home to defend title, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,, retrieved 2009-04-20  
  17. ^ a b Broderick, Bill (2009-04-16), Controversy shakes up PBL Championship, Battle Creek Enquirer,, retrieved 2009-04-20  
  18. ^ a b Broderick, Bill (2009-07-03), Knights to sit out next year, Battle Creek Enquirer,, retrieved 2009-09-07  
  19. ^ Caldwell, Greg (2009-07-01), Lancaster Liberty to play hoops here, Lancaster,, retrieved 2009-09-07  
  20. ^ a b Sea Dawgs Join Continental Basketball League, Cape Fear Business News, 2009-11-03,, retrieved 2009-11-03  
  21. ^ Krieger, Dan (2009-08-24), Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report, Our Sports Central,, retrieved 2009-10-18  
  22. ^, 2009-10-26,, retrieved 2009-10-26  
  23. ^ a b c Puerto Rico Capitanes Receive First Draft Pick in PBL Draft,, 2009-10-13,, retrieved 2009-10-28  
  24. ^ a b c d Wuest, Matthew (2009-10-15), Four new teams coming to town, Metro Halifax,, retrieved 2009-10-18  
  25. ^ Detroit Panthers Will Sit Out 2010 Season, Our Sports Central, 2009-10-16,, retrieved 2009-12-01  
  26. ^ Millrats Select Two Wildcats In PBL Draft, Our Sports Central, 2009-10-29,, retrieved 2009-10-30  
  27. ^ Byler, Billy (2009-11-03), Augusta loses its Groove, Augusta Chronicle,, retrieved 2009-11-04  
  28. ^ Premier Basketball League heads to Las Vegas for SGMA show, Our Sports Central, 2007-05-23,, retrieved 2008-05-20  
  29. ^ McKissic, Rodney (2008-09-19), Teams merge to form Stampede, The Buffalo News,, retrieved 2008-09-19  
  30. ^ Maryland Nighthawks Announce 2008 Regular Season Schedule, Our Sports Central, 2007-10-17,, retrieved 2009-07-29  
  31. ^ Dallas Defenders Cease Operations In PBL, Our Sports Central, 2008-02-11,, retrieved 2009-07-29  
  32. ^ Munson, Chris (2008-02-20), PBL at the Halfway Pole, Our Sports Central,, retrieved 2009-07-29  
  33. ^ Premier Basketball League Takes Over Operations In Jacksonville, Our Sports Central, 2008-02-04,, retrieved 2008-02-05  
  34. ^ Premiere Basketball League Wishes Ripknees the best, Our Sports Central, 2007-10-23,, retrieved 2009-02-10  
  35. ^ Reeths, Paul (2008-01-18), Frustrations mount in ABA, Our Sports Central,, retrieved 2008-01-21  
  36. ^ Fury Finished,, 2008-08-08,, retrieved 2008-08-12  
  37. ^ Southeast Asian All-Star Team to Join the Premier Basketball League, Our Sports Central, 2008-04-16,, retrieved 2009-07-29  
  38. ^ Toronto Lazers Join Premier Basketball League, Our Sports Central, 2008-04-17,, retrieved 2009-07-29  

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