United States Basketball League

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United States Basketball League (USBL)
USBLlogo.PNG
Logo USBL
SportBasketball
Founded1985
Ceased2008
Motto"The League of Opportunity"
CountryUSA
ContinentFIBA Americas (Americas)
Last
champion(s)
Kansas Cagerz (1st title)
Most titlesAtlantic City Seagulls
Dodge City Legend
Miami Tropics (3 titles each)
Official websitewww.USBL.com (Archived)

The United States Basketball League (OTC Pink No Information: USBL), often abbreviated to the USBL, was a professional men's spring basketball league. The league was formed in 1985 and ceased operations in 2008.

History[edit]

The USBL started in 1985 as one of the first basketball leagues to play a late-spring to early-summer schedule. The league quickly became known as a development league for players, with many players moving up to the NBA and many more playing in Europe after stints here.[1][2][3] The top teams of the regular season advanced to the USBL Postseason Festival, a playoffs system that saw teams play single elimination games in order to advance to the final game. On three occasions (1985, 1986 and 1990) no postseason was held, and the team with the best regular season record won the championship. In 1989 the USBL ceased operations temporarily in order to improve its organization, and resumed the following season, in 1990.[4] In 1996, the league made a stock offering, a rarity among sports leagues. However, in later years, the league declined as rival leagues appeared and USBL had a tougher time replacing teams that folded. In the last two seasons, the league was mainly a midwestern league, with teams mainly in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

After speculation that the USBL might fold after the 2007 season,[5] the league announced that it would sit out the 2008 season and consider its options for the future.[6] In January 2010, the league expressed hopes to resume play in April 2010.[7] However, no further news has surfaced from the league.

The final champions are the Kansas Cagerz, who won the title game on July 1, 2007.

Locations of final USBL teams and divisions

Complete team list[edit]

USBL Champions[edit]

Teams played a single championship game at the end of the playoffs to name the league champions

League awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Postseason MVP[edit]

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Coach of the Year[edit]

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Man of the Year[edit]

Notable past players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldaper, Sam (June 25, 1985). "N.B.A. HOPEFULS FIND A SHOWCASE". The New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Bernucca, Chris (July 21, 1991). "The League of Opportunity". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "USBL PLAYERS PLAYING IN EUROPE". usbl.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "USBL 1989 SEASON RECAP". usbl.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e "USBL hands out postseason awards". oursportscentral.com. July 2, 2002. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e "USBL hands out post-season awards". oursportscentral.com. July 2, 2003. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e "USBL honors All-USBL Teams". oursportscentral.com. July 6, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e "USBL reveals All-USBL teams". oursportscentral.com. July 5, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d "Oklahoma's White named player of the year". oursportscentral.com. June 22, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Atlantic City Seagulls win USBL title". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 30, 1998. p. 47.
  14. ^ "USBL Unveils 20th Anniversary Team". oursportscentral.com. June 21, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "2006 USBL championship game recap". oursportscentral.com. June 25, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "Steelheads' Schaper named USBL Rookie of the Year". oursportscentral.com. June 27, 2007. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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