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This article is about the original International Basketball League. See International Basketball League
International Basketball League
The International Basketball League was a short lived professional basketball league in the United States. The IBL was headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The league started in 1999 and ended in 2001.-History:...

 for information on an unrelated league which is currently active.


The International Basketball League (IBL) was a short lived professional basketball league in the United States
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The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The IBL was headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The league started in 1999 and ended in 2001.

History


The International Basketball League was founded in early 1999 and made plans to begin play in fall of that year. The first season did not quite meet expectations with attendance, but the league was still largely functional, with the Saint Louis Swarm winning the first championship. The second season was significantly rougher, with the league losing the Baltimore and San Diego franchises and merging with teams from the CBA
Continental Basketball Association
The Continental Basketball Association was a professional men's basketball league in the United States, which has been on hiatus since the 2009 season.- History :...

 after that league folded early in 2000
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. The Swarm won the championship of that league in the second season, and although the league had stated that it would return for a third season, this was not to be the case, and all the teams folded soon after the season ended, although the teams from the former CBA ultimately restarted the CBA the following year. Although the league had some innovations suchs as playing the international three point line and trapezoid lane, and with the intention to offer professional basketball and more reasonable ticket prices, the cost structure of the league was simply too great for the revenue and attendance figures that it received.

Teams

  • Baltimore Bayrunners
    Baltimore Bayrunners
    The Baltimore Bayrunners were part of the International Basketball League . The Bayrunners were the first professional basketball team Baltimore had seen since the Bullets moved from Baltimore in 1973...

  • Cincinnati Stuff
  • Connecticut Pride
    Connecticut Pride
    The Connecticut Pride was an American basketball team based in Hartford, Connecticut that was a member of the Continental Basketball Association....

  • Gary Steelheads
    Gary Steelheads
    The Gary Steelheads were a professional basketball team that played in the International Basketball League. In the past they played in the International Basketball League, Continental Basketball Association, and the United States Basketball League. They were based in Gary, Indiana and played their...

  • Grand Rapids Hoops
    Grand Rapids Hoops
    The Grand Rapids Hoops was a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their first season was in 1989, and their final season was in 2003...

  • Las Vegas Silver Bandits
    Las Vegas Silver Bandits
    The Las Vegas Silver Bandits were a team in the International Basketball League . They played at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999....

  • New Mexico Slam
  • Richmond Rhythm
  • Rockford Lightning
    Rockford Lightning
    The Rockford Lightning were a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association. They were based in Rockford, Illinois. The Lightning were the oldest team in the CBA, originally existing as the Lancaster Red Roses from Lancaster, Pennsylvania...

  • Trenton Shooting Stars
  • St. Louis Swarm
  • San Diego Stingrays
    San Diego Stingrays
    The San Diego Stingrays were a charter member of International Basketball League and played at the San Diego Sports Arena. The Stingrays' most prominent player, for the first 13 games, was Percy Miller AKA rapper Master P...

  • Sioux Falls Skyforce
    Sioux Falls Skyforce
    The Sioux Falls Skyforce is a professional basketball team that plays in the NBA Development League. They are based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. The team plays at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Skyforce began in the CBA in 1989...