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Struggling CBA to end season early

by Paul Reeths
February 2, 2009 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1)

The Continental Basketball Association will end its 2008-09 season six weeks ahead of schedule, the league announced Monday. Following the final regular season games Monday and Tuesday night, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry will play the Albany Patroons for the CBA championship later this week.

The CBA entered this season with just four teams after the Pittsburgh Xplosion withdrew from the league days before training camps opened. Three league teams - the Patroons, East Kentucky Miners and Minot Skyrockets - resorted to filling their early-season schedules with games against American Basketball Association teams, a stopgap measure intended to save the season. It did not work. After less than a month of league play, the CBA will enter an offseason full of questions.

A source with the East Kentucky Miners who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that team owner Jay Fiedler had stopped funding the team in early January. He indicated that players and staff had not been paid for four weeks, but he expected Fiedler would make up for past-due amounts.

With the Miners' immediate future in question, CBA owners voted on a conference call this past weekend to end the season early. The CBA has announced it will hold an owners meeting late this week to discuss the league's future.

Fiedler became disillusioned with the CBA when it blocked his attempt to move the Miners to the Premier Basketball League, according to the source. His attempts to get the leagues to merge were also voted down by CBA owners.

It wasn't the only major disagreement among CBA ownership this season. Lawton-Fort Sill's owners argued vehemently against the interleague games with the ABA, and when the league voted to play them, the Cavalry refused to participate, said the source.

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