OBWL News Archive

  • Chucks Blog Vol XVII: Directions, anyone? +

    Chuck checking in is deliverd to you by Chuck Tankman, Denver Demons insider. The 63 year old Denver native is writing this column for a single purpose: telling the truth about the Demons and consequently chasing GM Klaus von Meyerinck out of office. Fact check: At the beginning of this season the Denver Demons can't fool no one. And almost beat no one. It's painfully evident after just a handful of games that the Demons Read More
  • 2025 OBWL All Star Preview +

      2025 OBWL All Star Preview Jose Owens may come off the bench for the defending champion London Knights, but he is the starting center again this year for the National Conference All Stars.   Read More
  • 2025 All Star Skills Competition Review +

      2025 All Star Skills Competition Review Philadelphia's Renato Ardoin and Honolulu's Michael Weathersby are the best at what they do... again!   Read More
  • 2025 Rising Stars Game Preview +

      2025 Rising Stars Game Preview Rising Stars rookie Randolph Wright and sophomore Horacio Vega engage in A) intense game action, or B) Doing it for the Gram after morning shoot-around?  You make the call!   Read More
  • 2025 OBWL Hall of Fame Inductees +

      2025 OBWL Hall of Fame Inductees Rudy Akamine and Kade Kramer, the faces of their respective franchises, headline the 2025 HoF class.   Read More
  • Still hope? +

    Is there any hope for the Dragoons this year? There was plenty of hope at the beginning of the year. The team is young and full of solid players. It appears that they struck gold with this years first round pick, Lett. Fort Worth is just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. However, the team has gone 4-15 in their last 19 games. This has led to the lack of hope to get into Read More
  • Lumberjacks lift off +

    Portland, OR. It’s been a long time since we have heard from Portland GM Trent, and for good reason. Although the Lumberjacks comically sit in the 8th spot in a terrible American conference, there is no disillusionment that things are suddenly sunny in Portland, its only always sunny in Philly, we all know that. With yet another losing record our opportunity to be to be humiliated by the Pioneers is more to the fact that Read More
  • Not Much News Out Of LA +

    There hasn't been much to write about in Los Angeles for a long time. Ardoin is gone, Terwilliger is gone and most recently, Morrison is gone. Many wish that GM Whetzel was gone. Whetzel was literally a NOSHOW at the draft, forcing staff make a pick of a nowhere near ready point guard in Joseph Powell. The Chaos Roster is mixed between old has beens and young wannabes. Everyone was writing them off as a Read More
  • Pioneers Extend Lavoie, Turner +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - The Kansas City Pioneers released a statement today announcing that they have extended the contracts of two starters, PG Mack Lavoie and C Joe Turner.  The extensions came just a few days after the team traded backup PG Larry Burt to the Denver Demons, a move made to clear enough budget space to be able to offer extensions to both players. Turner signed a 3 year extension worth $9,945,000 (roughly $3.3 Read More
  • So far so Good +

    It's been a great start to the season so far for the Minnesota Marauders who are leading the division by 1 game over the Inferno. They've been a huge surprise to the entire league & also to the pundits who had them penciled in at 4th place in the division. You can call them road warriors where they have gone 12-2 compared to only 9-4 at home. Fans that gave up on the franchise before Read More
  • London Early Season Report +

    With a little more than a quarter of the way through the season London stands barely atop the National Conference with a record of 22-6, a measly 0.5 game ahead of Minnesota. Boston and Honolulu are 1.5 games back. After re-signing Jean Larry, the Knights have been leaning on the reigning DMVP and the defense as the offense come up to speed. The team is 2nd in the league in points allowed at 89 points Read More
  • Dragoons still trying to find continued success +

    The Dragoons General Manager will look to an old face to bring success to his team. Fort Worth is in the playoff hunt at 10-13. Hitch decided to cut Charles Banks who was not getting much playing time this year. He claimed Jose Peters off the waivers. He was originally drafted with the eight pick in the second round by Fort Worth in 2019 and played through 2023. He is a double digit scorer. Hitch Read More
  • Friendly Competition +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Training camp is a memory and preseason is over, so once again the basketball world is abuzz as the 80-game trench warfare known as the OBWL regular season kicks off in 2025. It's time to set aside the friendly exhibitions of October basketball as 28 teams fight and compete to become the ones to lift the Heikkinen Cup in June. The Kansas City Pioneers opened up the 2025 season at home Read More
  • To the fans. +

    Portland, Or. How do they do it? Those few fans that continue to turn up and support this team, 9 thousand of them in preseason. Their commitment and loyalty to this team can never be questioned, however, the mental state might be? When quizzed after the final preseason home game against the Marauders (a 110- 100 loss) here is what was shared. Why do you continue to come and support this team so passionately? We Read More
  • 2025 AmCon Season Preview +

      2025 AmCon Season Preview The Pioneers have about $98 million reasons to hope that PF Charles Cazares is the missing piece to a championship puzzle. Read More
  • Philadelphia Presser Ahead of Season Opener +

    On the eve of the season opener the Philadelphia Americans GM has finally faced the media ahead his teams clash with the Seattle SeaDogs. Gibson so far has layed low since returning to the top job which has frustrated many sports journalists and writers of the OBWL who have been forced to wait for answers or anything to write about in regards to the Philadelphia organisation. That wait was finally over today as the Americans Read More
  • 2025 NatCon Season Preview +

      2025 NatCon Season Preview The London Knights may have traded Colby Allan for Alain Lagon, but they remain ready to defend their championship in 2025. Read More
  • Take 2 +

    The Minnesota Marauders are ready to kick off their 2nd season with GM Jason Rouse under the helm. Last year they shocked the OBWL world by making the playoffs via the tiebreaker on the final day of the season. This season expectations have grown exponentially as fans expect them to make the playoffs and some even believe they will compete for the division. This team is still super young and a playoff spot is not Read More
  • Is Boston Back? Buzzards Make Free Agency Splash +

    BOSTON BUZZARDS MAKE SEVERAL OFFSEASON MOVES October 21, 2025 – Boston, MA: General Manager Jason Warnke and the rest of the Boston Brass have been vocal about playing the waiting game when it came time to their rebuild that they started in the 2022 season. Having a roster that was previously loaded with the large salary commitments to Michael Loftin and Patrick Jackson, the Buzzards had been patiently waiting to pounce during this year’s free agency Read More
  • Cazares Arrives in KC +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- It's been nearly a month since the Kansas City Pioneers acquired PF Charles Cazares from the Denver Demons in exchange for PF Andrew Sutton, PG Nelson Jones, PG Abe Gutierrez, and C Chris Hauck. The Demons had a mandate from ownership to reduce payroll and had been stymied in talks with other teams regarding a trade involving the 1st Team All Defense forward. In the end Kansas City agreed to take Read More
  • Dragoons start of season +

    The Dragoons have been quite in the off season. With only about 7 million to spend in free agency, Fort Worth was not expected to be a major player. Before the draft, General Manager Hitch made a trade with the Sharks. He traded a second round pick for Budde. He is a former Mr. Basketball and was a first round pick last year. Hitch felt Budde would be better than any second rounder he could Read More
  • Pioneers Get Back to Business +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- It's been a quiet two months around Pioneers HQ since the team's disappointing second round playoff loss to the eventual American Conference champion Kentucky Stallions. A very successful 66-14 season came to an unsatisfying early conclusion. The Pioneers actually outscored Kentucky in the series, by an average of 101.4 to 98.6, but the Stallions took the series by making all the right plays in the clutch. Kentucky won four games by Read More
  • Marauders Draft Ellender +

    The Minnesota Marauders entered the draft with the #5 pick overall, #19 pick overall and the #47 pick in the 2nd round. The front office along with the fans couldn't be happier with their first two picks. They received the #5 pick from the Portland Lumberjacks in the blockbuster trade a season ago. Everybody knew the Marauders wanted, PG Francis Ellender, out of Duke and their dreams came true as he fell to some pundits Read More
  • Americans Shocked With Sudden Regime Change +

    JAY AMADO QUITS, GIBSON HIRED The Philadelphia Americans were shocked with the sudden departure of their long time GM Jay Amado who left the organisation for the swamp lands, beaches and people running from their past. Jay now calls Florida home. With little time and a coaching roster to assemble the American organisation received a call from former Minnesota GM Steve Gibson applying for the role. Despite the roller coaster of a ride that was Read More
  • OBWL Safari Season: 2025 FA Preview +

      OBWL Safari Season: 2025 FA Preview Colby Allan is just one of many free agents in the crosshairs of OBWL general managers during 2025 free agency.  Read More
  • ready for lift off +

    Portland Or. After yet another extended off season, the Lumberjacks GM emerged from what can only be described as a scene from the end of ‘Into the Wild’. The Lumberjacks GM looked like he hadn’t slept in a month nor brushed his hair or trimmed his beard, to be honest it didn’t look like there was any serious attempt at personal hygiene and no one was really sure what to expect. After everyone had settled, Read More
  • Ott Acquired, Colton Drafted +

    The 2025 season is under way, with pre-draft trades completed and another draft in the history book. One of those trades included the Snipers, which was met with a plethora of negativity from all sides. GM Chris Noonan has been missing in action since the trade; he never even attended the draft, sending head coach Bonifacio Gonzaga and new scout Lon Wells in his place. Noonan has refused all requests for interviews as well, however Read More
  • Chucks Blog Vol XVI: Demons only as good as their owner? +

    Chuck checking in is deliverd to you by Chuck Tankman, Denver Demons insider. The 63 year old Denver native is writing this column for a single purpose: telling the truth about the Demons and consequently chasing GM Klaus von Meyerinck out of office. Fact check: Denver Demons owner James Anderson (57) has cut the franchises budget yet another time, this time around 7 million to a new budget of 85,6 million $. Demons GM Klaus von Read More
  • Sharks Hire Amado +

    MIAMI, FL (AP)--In a move that surprised many across the basketball world, the South Florida Sharks and Philadelphia Americans general manager Jay Amado reached an agreement that will see the veteran GM take over the reigns of the team, effective immediately. The move was part of a domino-effect that began when Sharks general manager Jeramay Lay abruptly resigned from his position atop the organization. Following his resignation, the Sharks interviewed several candidates with OBWL connections Read More
  • 2025 OBWL Mock Draft +

      2025 OBWL Mock Draft Colorado SG Erasmo Dryden is near the top of almost every OBWL team's draft board.  Will the 19 year-old sophomore from Colorado become the #1 overall pick in the 2025 Rookie Draft?   Read More
  • Less money, no options in Denver +

    Denver. No, this is not about a new crazy outbreak of Denver Demons' GM Klaus von Meyerinck. It's quiet there for the moment, the GM has taken off with a truckload of fishmacs and some of his female bodyguards to drive around in the US, and so far no one knows where he is or what he is doing. And no one really wants to know anymore. So Demons owner James Anderson, much hated by Read More
  • Dragoons long awaited press conference +

    There have been many questions about what is happening in Fort Worth. There has not been many answers Rumors were flowing that the Dragoons owner Blake Cain was looking to move the team. It started with rumblings about a move to South Florida. The Sharks had an opening for a new owner. The team has a budget of more than 30 million more than the Dragoons. It would be a bigger market with a dedication Read More
  • Knights Bring Home the Holy Grail +

      Knights Bring Home the Holy Grail 2024 OBWL Playoff MVP Jean Larry was the backbone of a remarkable defensive effort that helped the London Knights claim their second Heikkinen Cup. Read More
  • Demons' future uncertain +

    Denver. And so it's over. Maybe it has been kind of a selffullfilling prophecy. There may have been half a dozen games played this season when Denver Demons GM Klaus von Meyerinck started his season long rant along a "we suck" line. Well, the man sure got what he asked for. The Demons won their division, barely, and they still went into the first playoff round against the Vancouver Highlanders as favorites. Four games later Read More
  • 2024 OBWL Finals Preview +

      2024 OBWL Finals Preview Superstar Andrew Jackson and the rising Kentucky Stallions have one more giant to slay -- Jean Larry and the London Knights -- in their quest to take home the Heikkinen Cup. Read More
  • 2024 NatCon Finals Preview +

      2024 NatCon Finals Preview National East powerhouses London and Toronto go to war with a berth in the OBWL Finals on the line. Read More
  • 2024 AmCon Finals Preview +

      2024 AmCon Finals Preview Jorge Denis and the St. Louis Sun Kings are focused on a return trip to the OBWL Finals but the Kentucky Stallions and their young stars have plans of their own. Read More
  • Quebec Coyotes Conclude Rough Season +

    Quebec Coyotes Conclude Rough Season The Quebec Coyotes limped through the 2024 season with very few bright spots, concluding the second season of their full rebuild with a measly 16-64 (.200) record and a 6th place finish of 7 teams in the National East division. Twenty-four year old PF Frederic Johnson, who showed promise during the 2023-24 season after his acquisition from the Philadelphia Americans on 02/15/2024 in the four-team deal that sent all-stars C Read More
  • 2024 AmCon Semifinals Preview +

      2024 AmCon Semifinals Preview Can Cecil Means and the Kentucky Stallions be a roadblock to Mark Marble and the Kansas City Pioneers' road through the postseason?  Read More
  • 2024 NatCon Semifinals Preview +

      2024 NatCon Semifinals Preview Two of the OBWL's best big men, Jose Owens and Carl Terwilliger, will be a key factor as the London Knights and Arizona Thunderbirds face off in the second round of the playoffs. Read More
  • Sunkings fake injury? +

    "I don't know about these injury reports. The leagues tells us Adler is out for the series after play had to be stopped during game two for him. Then, he shows up for game three and plays 39 minutes. Did he have a miracle cure? I think the league should fine Dom and the Sunkings." Hitch stated with anger in his voice. Now to play on the court. Game one was all Sunkings in their Read More
  • Chucks Blog Vol XV: No change overnight +

    Chuck checking in is deliverd to you by Chuck Tankman, Denver Demons insider. The 63 year old Denver native is writing this column for a single purpose: telling the truth about the Demons and consequently chasing GM Klaus von Meyerinck out of office. Bad GMs don’t change all of a sudden. They don’t have an enlightening awakening in the morning and usually they don't have any feeling of guilt. Their one chance to change their Read More
  • 2024 AmCon Playoff Preview +

      2024 AmCon Playoff Preview It's old heads versus young legs as Lynwood Emmert leads the Sacramento Snipers back to the postseason for the first time in over a decade. Read More
  • 2024 NatCon Playoff Preview +

      2024 NatCon Playoff Preview Five-time Defensive Player of the Year Jean Larry and the London Knights are focused on trying to make it to the OBWL Finals for the third time in six years. Read More
  • Dragoons: Playoff bound +

    The Fort Worth Dragoons are once again in the playoffs. Gone are the days when Denis lead the team at the point and Montes was in his prime hitting the basket. Hofer, no longer defends the rim and Newhous is on the downside of his. This team has a group of young talented players. None are considered a top player in the league, but Hitch has brought the team concept to the players. His coaching Read More
  • Marauders Magic +

    The Minnesota Marauders shocked almost everybody by making it as the #8 seed in the National conference. The team sat on a 24-30 record after being punched in the face at Anaheim 125-92 and the very next game blowing a 22 point halftime lead versus the Demons. The players got together in a players only meeting and the coaches did the very same thing. Ervin Holmes took charge and sources said he grabbed Stanley Bobo Read More
  • Snipers Make History, Enter Post-Season +

    Two years ago, the Sacramento Snipers were purchased by John Parker. Two years ago, he hired Chris Noonan. Two years ago, the Snipers had their worst season in franchise history. What a difference two years makes. For the first time, the Snipers will be playing in the OBWL playoffs. Although managing one win less than last season, their place in the standings was one better, which gets them 16th seed in the post-season. The placement Read More
  • Dragoons: Playoff bound +

    Fort Worth could be returning to the playoffs this year. The team has missed them the last three years. Last year, Coach Booker was able to get 32 wins. This year, the Dragoons have 38 wins. There are six team fighting for the last five positions. The magic number for General Manager Hitch is three. So, a combination of three wins or losses by the Dragoons or the Blackjacks. Las Vegas has been playing well. Read More
  • In the Hunt +

    The Minnesota Marauders are still in playoff contention after winning 4 straight games to bring their record to 38-40, good enough for a 8th place tie with the hated Boston Buzzards in the National conference. One fan commented..."No one likes Buzzards especially Pirates... Their ugly, they stink and you definitely don't want to see one flying overhead."A lot of chatter has come from their GM, Warnke, already claiming the 8th spot as their own with Read More
  • Chucks Blog Vol XIV: From great to good +

    Chuck checking in is deliverd to you by Chuck Tankman, Denver Demons insider. The 63 year old Denver native is writing this column for a single purpose: telling the truth about the Demons and consequently chasing GM Klaus von Meyerinck out of office. Credit where credit is due: Demons' GM von Meyerinck is giving us every reason to hate him, and he is doing so day after day after day after... you get the picture. Read More
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