Lively Tales About Dead Teams

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About Fun While It Lasted:

Fun While It Lasted is devoted to presenting and preserving the history and memorabilia of the thousands of defunct sports teams and leagues that have come and gone from the North American pro sports scene.  At FWIL, you can find out the Who, What, Where, When

The heart of the project is more than 10,000 high quality images of rare programs, publicity photos, media guides, trading cards and other memorabilia that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet.

 

Navigation:

There are four types of Pages & Posts on FWIL:

Exhibits tell a story from a specific game, typically wedded to a piece of memorabilia from that event.  One team may be the subject of numerous posts.

Home Pages show the Who/What/Where/When of a particular defunct team.  Home Pages typically also include some combination of photos, a program collection, video and document downloads such as rosters or vintage press releases.

If you know the league that a team played in, you can use the sport-specific drop-down menus at the top of the site to look up your team.  Alternately, you can use the Search Form in the upper right hand corner (though you may need to wade through some other results).

Image Galleries are chronological collections of Media Guides, Program and Pocket Schedules organized by league.  You can access the Image Galleries from the drop down menus at the top of the site, or via links at the bottom of Home Pages or the top of Posts.

 

How To Search:

We love the SearchWP plug-in for WordPress.   Use the Search Form in the upper right corner of each page and elsewhere throughout the site to search by Team Name, Player Name, League, City, Venue,

 

About Andy Crossley:

andy@funwhileitlasted.net

Andy Crossley curates Fun While It Lasted.

He lives in Massachusetts.  He has also worked in various front offices in independent baseball, Women’s Professional Soccer, the United Soccer Leagues, and worked in the 1996 Olympic Games.

During those years he lost Jose Canseco’s uniform in a coin-op laundromat, got tossed out of the Moscow apartment building of the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in rhythmic gymnastics, testified in grand larceny proceedings against his boss and was married on a pitcher’s mound in the presence of friends, family and season ticket holders.

His teams’ promotional and customer service adventures have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio and The NBC Nightly News among other outlets.  Fun While It Lasted has been cited by The Times, the BBC and ESPN for coverage of the minor league sports industry.

This will be the only portion of the blog where he refers to himself in the third person.

 

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February 25th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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  1. Maybe you can help me. Some time in the mid 80s, I briefly worked for a fledgling basketball league. I can’t remember if they were supposed to be a minor league thing or competition to the NBA. The Long Island team was to play at Hofstra University. I thought it was called the UBL, but that’s another league entirely. I wish my memory was better. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?

    Michele Catalano

    11 Aug 11 at 6:51 am

  2. Hi Michele,

    It played in the spring/summer time right? That was the United States Basketball League (USBL) and they had a couple of teams on Long Island over the years. Definitely a minor league league. The league hung in there for more than two decades, finally shutting down after the 2007 season.

    andycrossley

    12 Aug 11 at 12:03 pm

  3. Stumbled across your website just recently. Great in depth blog on some defunct teams.

    Wondering if you have read the book “Sports Hall of Oblivion”. I got that book on inter-library loan from, I believe, the Windsor Public Library some time ago.

    Will Scheibler

    25 Sep 11 at 12:29 pm

  4. Fantastic Site! I look forward to your future posts. Being a fan of women’s sports you will unfortunately have unlimited material. Looking forward to it!

    M.Boyd

    10 Oct 11 at 3:59 pm

  5. Mr. Crossley,

    I’d like to nominate a team for the “Crime & Punishment” tag. The 2010 Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association went 16-0 and won the league championship, then weeks later were shut down when the owners were arrested for embezzlement. Months later, the rest of the league collapsed.

    In fact, I’m hoping you’ll get to indoor football soon, because the old-timers at oursportscentral.com know about a lot of screwed-up franchises, including some other arrested owners. The four non-Arena leagues are still good for a few hilarious catastrophes between them per season. The story of the seeming success and shocking expulsion of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters looks to still have a few hidden wrinkles, probably hidden under the flab of its general manager-turned starting QB, 300 lb NFL veteran Jared Lorenzen.

    super390

    29 Oct 11 at 8:13 pm

  6. I just discovered your website today and have to say I really enjoy it. Since I was a kid I have always had a fascination with minor league sports. I especially enjoyed the two posts you did on Roller Hockey International franchises. Please post more on the RHI and the many teams that came and went during its short 6 season history.

    Ahmed

    31 Dec 11 at 6:27 pm

  7. Hi Andy,

    Here is an obscure league that you may wish to include in your blog:

    LIBERTY BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 1991
    [Played one exhibition game on 10th February 1991 before disbanding]
    Founded by Jim Drucker, a former Continental Basketball Association commissioner, the LBA tried gimmicks such as 9′ 2″ high baskets, a 25″
    circumference basketball and skin-tight unitards for its players. The league only survived one game as the Detroit Dazzlers defeated LBA All-Stars at the Palace of Auburn Hills in front of 10,753 spectators
    on ESPN.

    Chicago Slammers [Chicago, IL] 1991
    Detroit Dazzlers [Auburn Hills, MI] 1991
    LBA All-Stars 1991
    Los Angeles Lancers [Los Angeles, CA] 1991
    New York Blasters [New York, NY] 1991
    Philadelphia Freedoms [Philadelphia, PA] 1991

    http://www.apbr.org/women.html

    Graham Clayton

    23 Sep 13 at 1:03 pm

  8. Dear Andy,

    This is an excellent weblog with some interesting, entertaining and informative submissions.

    As Graham aforementioned the LBA was a unique approach to the game. The idea behind the rule adaptations were based on research analysis revealing that Women’s basketball players are 92% the size of Men’s basketball players. Hence the 9’2″ goal height and 25″ ball size. I actually made the league roster; moreover the season folded right after the half-time NBA exhibition game. We did however practice on the 9’2″ goals for several months. I even have video footage of all of us dunking at will.

    Many of the players that would have played in the LBA, had it been launched, played in the WBA. The WBA league also started with an All-Star Game in 1992 and then played three full seasons from 1993-95. The founder of the WBA, Lightning Mitchell, has a movie in production that will tell the story of the first professional Women’s basketball summer league. I am sure this will be an entertaining film chronicling the highlights and mishaps of one of the foremost pioneers of Women’s professional basketball.

    I will pass on this weblog to my former teammates and opponents in the league in hopes that they will share their stories.

    Dr. Robelyn Garcia

    https://www.facebook.com/WomensBasketballAssociation

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