The best continental league in the Americas. The Basketball Champions League Americas is the best continental league in the Americas. An innovative joint partnership between FIBA, Federations and Leagues with 12 top teams from the continent. It is a fair competition based on sporting principles with teams qualifying through National Leagues.
The Basketball Champions League Americas is the best continental league in the Americas. An innovative joint partnership between FIBA, Federations and Leagues with 12 top teams from the continent. It is a fair competition based on sporting principles with teams qualifying through National Leagues.
The Board of BCL Americas (BCLA) has defined and approved key resolutions for the upcoming Season 3 of BCLA. Considering the current COVID pandemic situation, in particular in South America, the BCLA Board has decided for the league to play in a bubble format where each of the twelve (12) teams will have a chance to host in the group stage.
LEAGUE HISTORY Maurice White, owner of the Chicago Gears (National Basketball League champions for 1946-47), took his team and, together with fifteen other businessmen, formed the Professional Basketball League of America for the 1947-48 season They produced a 60 game schedule for each team (30 at home and 30 away), signed all players to two year contracts, and branched out into many new cities in the South and Midwest for professional sports first venture in those areas. Unfortunately ...
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The American Basketball League, often abbreviated to the ABL of 1996 was a professional women's basketball league in the United States. At the same time the ABL was being formed, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was creating the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The ABL began league competition in the Fall of 1996, while the WNBA launched its first game in June 1997.
Metropolitan Basketball League (MBL), 1921–1928; American Basketball League (ABL), 1925–1955; National Basketball League (NBL), 1926–27; National Basketball League (NBL), 1929–30; National Basketball League (NBL), 1932–33; Midwest Basketball Conference (MBC), 1935–1937; became National Basketball League with 1937-38 season.
The American Basketball League was an early professional basketball league. During six seasons from 1925–26 to 1930–31, the ABL was the first attempt to create a major professional basketball league in the United States. Joseph Carr, who was, in 1925, the president of the recently founded, three year old National Football League, organized the ABL from nine of the best independent pro teams from the East and the Midwest. George Halas of the NFL Chicago Bears was the owner of the Chicago ...
The American Basketball League played one full season, 1961–1962, and part of the next season until the league folded on December 31, 1962. The ABL was the first basketball league to have a three point shot for baskets scored far away from the goal. Other rules that set the league apart were a 30-second shooting clock and a wider free throw lane of 18 feet instead of the standard 12.