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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 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 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 eight-week 2015 season is scheduled to begin on March 28, 2015, with the league expanding to eight teams, in which each team will participate in eight regular season games, including four games at home and four games on the road. Each team will play every other team in the league at least once during the regular season. All eight teams will qualify for the post-season knockout tournament, over a two-weekend span, in late May 2015. 

    CBA Quick Facts

    • 22 professional international contracts have been signed by CBA players after playing in the league, including 8 in Europe, 7 in North America, 4 in Asia, 2 in South America and 1 in Australia. 16 overseas contracts were offered after the 2014 season, which was an increase from 6 contracts after the 2013 season. 
    • The league has hosted a total of 140 former collegiate athletes within its member teams over the course of its first two years; wherein 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, as well as a December 2014 national press release detailing the expansion of the league for the 2015 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, collegiate athletic directors, and international basketball stars.
    • The CBA partnered with the North of the Border Basketball League (NBBL) to showcase the first annual USA versus Canada All-Star Game between the two leagues. The inaugural event resulted in a 100-92 victory by the NBBL over the CBA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in August 2014. The next matchup is scheduled to occur in August 2015 in Brantford, Ontario. 

    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 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.
    • For the 2015 season, the league has expanded to 8 teams: Bowling Green Hornets, Chattanooga Rail Runners, Fort Wayne Flite, Memphis Soul Kings, Middle Tennessee Storm, Mississippi Eagles, Peoria Panthers, and Springfield Sentinels. Each team will play eight regular season games, in which all eight teams will qualify for the post-season tournament. The post-season tournament, which will be held over the course of two weekends in late May, shall be conducted in its entirety in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Week 1 Games (Saturday, March 28, 2015)

    Week 1 Games (Sunday, March 29, 2015)

    2015 Regular Season Standings

    2014 Regular Season Standings

    CBA Weekly Update Video Show

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    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

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    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




    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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