Would You Support A Canadian Professional League?
Old 08-05-2009, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would love to see a Professional Basketball League started up in Canada. It was done before with the National Basketball League:

The National Basketball League that was based in Canada lasted only one and a half seasons in 1993 and 1994. It rose from the ashes of the World Basketball League which folded after the 1992 season, which had teams in various Canadian and American cities. The NBL's first game was played on May 1, 1993 when the Cape Breton Breakers visited the Halifax Windjammers. The Breakers won the regular season championship with a 30-16 record, but they lost the championship finals to Saskatoon three games to one.
During the 1994 season there were rumours that the Cape Breton team was going to move to Saint John in mid-season, which never happened before the league folded on July 9, 1994. Halifax, which finished last in 1993, was in first place at the time the league had folded.

The league's president was Sam Katz and the commissioner was Tom Nissalke.

NBL Teams

Team City Arena Seasons Notes

Calgary Outlaws Calgary, Alberta Olympic Saddledome 1994 Expansion team
Cape Breton Breakers Sydney, Nova Scotia Centre 200 1993-94 Expansion team
Halifax Windjammers Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre 1993-94 Holdover from the WBL
Edmonton Skyhawks Edmonton, Alberta Northlands Coliseum 1993 (playoffs)-94 Moved from Hamilton
Hamilton Skyhawks Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum 1993 Holdover from the WBL, moved to Edmonton
Montreal Dragons Montreal, Quebec Verdun Arena 1993 Expansion team
Saskatoon Slam Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place 1993-94 Expansion team
Winnipeg Thunder Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena 1993-94 Holdover from the WBL

Touring Teams
In 1993, league teams also played games against some touring teams which counted in the league standings. These teams were:
Atlantic Coast Conference All-Stars (replaced Atlantic 10 All-Stars)
Athletes in Action
Big East All-Stars
Canadian National Team

League Champions

1993 Saskatoon Slam
1994 Halifax Windjammers (unofficial)

So the question needs to be asked again how many passionate and casual basketball fans would like to see this happen? I know I would

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Old 08-05-2009, 07:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dunno. probably not. In all reality, it would just seem too difficult to bring in any real talent into an all Canadian league. I mean after NBA you have Europe and then the NDBL, and i would think after that the quality drops off pretty significantly. I don't think i'd be willing to commit to that as a fan.

I really can't see much of a market for it (both in terms of talent pool and fan support).
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talent pool is the key. people in large enough numbers to support a team aren't going to go out to see 4th rate players brick shots and run incomprehensible and sloopy ofensive schemes. we might as well just go and watch university and high school ball, and no one is doing that in any significant numbers.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess we already have a so called Professional League called Elite 1 started up by Wayne Dawkins. Link:
About Us | PHASE1 Basketball

From the looks of it Elite 1 looks like a promising league with lots of potential, my only concern is will it expand to the western provinces? I would love to see the games come out to Alberta for example and the league could tap the resources and players out here to add to the talent pool. Its also great to see Elite 1 already has a TV contract with Rogers. Again the games are only showed in Eastern Canada, I would love to see this league on TV available in the west. Another thing I would like to see is the potential exhibition game between the Raptors Summer League Team and the Canadian Mens National Team or even The Raptors Summer League Team vs an all star team made up of players from Elite 1.
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Basically a Canadian D league? Fuck that, just like the CFL of basketball only worse. It would be a league lacking talent and $$.
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Basically a Canadian D league? Fuck that, just like the CFL of basketball only worse. It would be a league lacking talent and $$.
Ya, plus, where would you find places for 30 teams?
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Basically a Canadian D league? Fuck that, just like the CFL of basketball only worse. It would be a league lacking talent and $$.
Exactly what I was thinking.
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Ya, plus, where would you find places for 30 teams?
30 teams? Who said anything about 30 teams?

They'd be lucky to get 6-7 teams (ala CFL). Wouldn't work.
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You dont need 30 teams. I think every league should have its own national league. A place for players to keep developing after college. I dont think the talent and quality of basketball would be enough to bring a lot of followers though.
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Then its not worth it.

It would be like the CFL, only instead of 3 downs, its just a shorter shot clock. Like 15 seconds
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Despite all the negativity about this idea. I think Elite 1 will do very well and I give Wayne Dawkins credit for starting this league up. At least its something for now and who knows maybe it could grow into something all Canadians will appreciate eventually. For those who wish to use profanity on this post please refrain from doing so, this message was intended to create meaningful conversation not immature thoughtless remarks.



http://www.phase1basketball.com/node/264

Thoughts about Elite 1 From Prominent Canadian Basketball People

“If there’s one huge gap in our basketball development system in this country, it’s the lack of opportunity for the guys when they finish playing college ball. Wayne Dawkins deserves a lot of credit for pulling this league together.”
- Wayne Parrish, President of Canada Basketball


“I’m looking forward to checking out the Elite 1 league at soon as it’s up and running. This country has produced a lot of great basketball players whose talent died on the vine in their 20s because there was just no place for them to play and get better. This has the potential to change that."
- Leo Rautins, Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team

Canada Basketball Official Our Game Newsletter

http://issuu.com/canadabasketball/do...6b&layout=grey

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Old 08-10-2009, 11:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Why do you all compare a potential canadian basketball league with NBA..if there will be a national league,it wouldnt need to be like NBA..Of course it would be a league lacking talent and money but which nation has another NBA..
If talent pool is small in Canada,it is a little bit about lacking comptetion in Canada..
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If a professional league was created here, the talent in it would be way worse then the D-League. I probably wouldn't bother to watch it unless they add some extra things to it like slamball trampolines...
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It wouldn't catch on b/c you can watch a better product on TV every day (NBA/NCAA)
you also have the D-League developing players and Euro League

They should concentrate on making high school and college basketball programs better
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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There's no way a Canadian league would be able to draw, regardless of ticket prices. not enough people in this country give a damn.
Still, it would be nice if there was something other than rec or pick-up ball out there for men. A buddy of mine is 28 years-old and still gets to play competitive organized soccer. He doesn't know how lucky he is to have that opportunity. I never would have stopped playing basketball if there was a team around to play for.
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