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    Welcome to the Central Basketball Association

    The Central Basketball Association (CBA) welcomes everyone to the continuance of a fresh concept in the world of minor league basketball. Strong, financially sound teams. Online video rebroadcasts of league games. Detailed & accurate team and individual statistics. Strict adherence to National Basketball Association (NBA) rules. Taking advantage of technological resources through a user-friendly website and mobile-application. Playing in front of larger media markets. Working directly with agents and scouts as a genuine bridge for players to get overseas contracts in Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South America. All led under a strong corporate-style management structure. 

    These attributes one will not find apparent in any other minor league basketball league or organization. Until now. Welcome to the Central Basketball Association.    

    The 2014 season consisted of ten regular season games, in which each member team played five games at home and five on the road, commencing on March 1, 2014 and concluding on May 11, 2014. The top four teams competed in the post-season knockout tournament, with the semi-finals occuring on May 17, 2014, and the league Championship game being held on May 31, 2014, where the Middle Tennessee Storm became the 2014 CBA Champions, after defeating the St. Louis Hawks 106-103 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

    The 2015 season is scheduled to begin in March 2015, with the top four teams competing in the post-season knockout tournament in May 2015. 

    CBA Quick Facts

    • 14 players have signed professional international contracts after playing in the CBA, including 6 in North America, 6 in Europe, 1 in Australia, and 1 in Asia. Five players signed after the 2013 season, and so far nine players have signed following the 2014 season. 
    • This past 2014 season, the CBA consisted of 95 players with NCAA & NAIA collegiate basketball experience, as well as 25 players who had previously played overseas, and the league's first NBA D-League signing. 
    • Associated Press (AP) issued February 2014 national press release featuring the rise of CBA, giving the league national media attention prior to start of 2014 season.
    • The ownership groups for each member team come from various professional backgrounds including former NFL players, NASCAR drivers, Harlem Globetrotters, minor league baseball players, and international basketball stars.
    • The CBA partnered with the North of the Border Basketball League (NBBL) to set-up an annual USA versus Canada All-Star Game, with this year's inaugural event resulting in a 100-92 victory by the NBBL over the CBA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on August 22, 2014. Next year's contest will occur in the United States. 

    CBA Quick History

    • In 2013, the original 4 teams were the Bowling Green Hornets, Middle Tennessee Storm, River City Panthers, and St. Louis Hawks. Each team played 7 regular season games, with the top 2 teams advancing to the title game. The St. Louis Hawks won the regular season title (5-2) and defeated the Bowling Green Hornets 107-96 in the Championship Game in St. Louis. Floyd Irons (St. Louis) was named Coach of the Year; DeMarco Polk (Middle Tennessee) was named League MVP.
    • In 2014, the league expanded to 7 teams: Bowling Green Hornets, Chattanooga Rail Runners, Fort Wayne Flite, Memphis Soul Kings, Middle Tennessee Storm, River City Panthers, and St. Louis Hawks. Each team played 10 regular season home games, with the top 4 teams advancing to the post-season. The Chattanooga Rail Runners won the regular season title (8-2), and were the top seed in the post-season, followed by the Middle Tennessee Storm, Fort Wayne Flite, and St. Louis Hawks. Middle Tennessee ultimately prevailed as they defeated St. Louis 106-103 in the Championship Game in Nashville. Rodney English (Chattanooga) was named Coach of the Year; Antonio Cannon (Fort Wayne) was named League MVP.

    2014 USA-Canada All-Star Game

    2014 CBA Championship Game

    2014 Regular Season Standings

    CBA Weekly Update Video Show

    Sponsored by 2014 CBA Weekly Update (Post-season Preview)

    2014 CBA Weekly Update (Post-season Preview)

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    May 15, 2014: Jeff Mahoney (Summit City Sports) recaps the final week of the 2014 CBA regular season, while also previewing this Saturday's post-season games, as the 4-seed St. Louis Hawks travel east to face the 1-seed Chattanooga Rail Runners, while the 3-seed Fort Wayne Flite travel south to square off against the 2-seed Middle Tennessee Storm.

    CBA Archived Video Broadcasts

    Sponsored by 2014 Regular Season CBA Game Film

    2014 Regular Season CBA Game Film

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    A compilation of the full game footage of the regular season action during the 2014 Central Basketball Association season, featuring archived full video rebroadcasts, alongside some games with play-by-play and color commentary, of each of the seven member teams: Bowling Green Hornets, Chattanooga Rail Runners, Fort Wayne Flite, Memphis Soul Kings, Middle Tennessee Storm, River City Panthers, and St. Louis Hawks

    2014 NBL-Canada Draft

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    JP Nyadaro Selected in the 2014 NBL-Canada Draft

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    With the 13th pick in the 2014 NBL-Canada Draft, the Saint John Mill Rats selected John Paul Nyadaro (Bowling Green Hornets). The Kenyan-born Nyadaro averaged 12.6 points per game & 6.1 rebounds per game with the Hornets during the 2014 season. He also played all four years of college at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he finished his career 3rd in blocked shots in school history. Tune in at the 43:45 minute mark to watch his selection. 

    2014 Regular Season Leaders

    2014 Regular Season Leaders

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    2016 Prospective Teams

    Interested in having your organization be a part of the Central Basketball Association? Contact us to receive preliminary information and team application for the 2016 season. The CBA will be vetting applicants this winter and following summer, and will use the offseason periods to individually grade each prospective team. League officials will determine whether prospective teams possess a solid organizational infrastructure, financial stability, talented player pool, marketing strategies, accessibility to league-standardized venue, etc., thus qualifying them to be a potential member team in the league. 

    To reach the league office for questions, comments, or application information, please contact us at info@playcba.com

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    The basketball-related content and materials contained within this website, as well as the league social media pages (including, but not limited to, video, audio, photos, text, images, statistics, updated scores, logos and other intellectual property related to the Central Basketball Association and its member teams) ("Basketball Content") are either owned by or licensed to the Central Basketball Association. No Basketball Content from this website, and respective social media pages may be reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, sold, distributed, copied, publicly displayed or otherwise used without the express written permission of the Central Basketball Association.