[ An introduction to the NIBL, past, present and future ]
The NIBL is a fantasy basketball league located here in the heartland: Naperville, IL.
That's NIBL, as in:
The NIBL is the brainchild of its two co-commissioners: "Young Bill" Krieger and "Johnny Rai" Raimondo. When most people hear about the NIBL, they ask "why?" Well, the NIBL's creation had two primary influences:
The key features that we wanted the NIBL to have are:
The decision to have the NIBL playoffs during the NBA playoffs rather than the last couple weeks of the season was controversial. The NIBL value of NBA players would not only depend on their raw statistics, but also their availability during the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs. This aspect has made the NIBL a little different than almost all the other fantasy league out there and has made the player draft and the game a lot more interesting.
So, the NIBL was born November 22, 1997 at the inagural player draft.
The first player taken in the draft was Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls by the Aruba Thongs.
As we all know, it's all about the ring... winning. So, bow down to the NIBL champions at:
How We Play
The basic idea is that you select a team of NBA players and compete based on the statistics of the NBA players that you have chosen. The NIBL has around 16 teams, and teams compete weekly based on the results of NBA games during that week.
Here's a quickie on how to play:
If you want more details than that, check these pages out the NIBL League Bylaws contain a formal (sort of) description of the rules. It's probably even easier just to click around the site to see how it all works.
For NIBL historians, here's that cool, ancient "intro" written for the first season: Old NIBL Intro
|NIBL 2001 - The complete current season, NIBL 2001|
|NIBL 2001 Archives - Notes, backgrounds and images used during the current season|
|Bylaws - The scary complete rules of the NIBL game|
|Hall of Champions - Bow down to the elite who have won the NIBL|
|NIBL 2K - The complete NIBL 2000 season|
|NIBL 1999 - The complete NIBL 1999 season|
|NIBL 1998 - The complete NIBL 1998 season|
|NIBL Intro - This page, eh|