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International Basketball League (1999-2001)

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The IBL was a brief attempt to established a nationwide second-tier pro basketball league in the late 1990’s.  Unlike its main rival – the established but perpetually struggling Continental Basketball Association (CBA) – the IBL placed its franchises primarily in Major League markets, such as Baltimore, Cincinnati, Saint Louis and San Diego.

During the IBL’s second season in the winter of 2000-01, the league held merger talks with the floundering CBA.  Before an agreement could be reached, the CBA went out of business in midseason.  The IBL immediately absorbed five smaller-market CBA clubs (Gary, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Rockford, Sioux Falls) and re-worked the remainder of its schedule to incorporate the refugees.  But the IBL had its own problems and folded after the end of its second season.  The five former CBA clubs survived by re-launching a new version of their old league.

==Franchise List==

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Baltimore Bayrunners 1999-2000 Bayrunners Home Tagged Posts
Cincinnati Stuff 1999-2001 Stuff Home Tagged Posts
Connecticut Pride 2001 Pride Home Tagged Posts
Gary Steelheads 2001 Steelheads Home Tagged Posts
Grand Rapids Hoops 2001 Hoops Home Tagged Posts
Las Vegas Bandits 2000-2001 Bandits Home Tagged Posts
Las Vegas Silver Bandits 1999-2000 Silver Bandits Home Tagged Posts
New Mexico Slam 1999-2001 Slam Home Tagged Posts
Richmond Rhythm 1999-2001 Rhythm Home Tagged Posts
Rockford Lightning 2001 Lightning Home Tagged Posts
St. Louis Swarm 1999-2001 Swarm Home Tagged Posts
San Diego Stingrays 1999-2000 Stingrays Home Tagged Posts
Sioux Falls Skyforce 2001 Skyforce Home Tagged Posts
Trenton Shooting Stars 1999-2001 Shooting Stars Home Tagged Posts

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April 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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