The Basketball League (TBL) is dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to our community, our fans, and business partners:
Provide communities with a professional basketball team that gives an affordable/quality family entertainment experience.
Provide players with educational opportunities to learn from nationally acclaimed life skills classes for financial literacy, health and wellness, nutrition, preventative medicine and sports biomechanics.
Offer support and encouragement to local communities through engagement in school and group appearances, youth camps, clinics and non-profit organizations.
Afford basketball players the opportunity to make a living playing the game they love, in America.
Procure local individuals or groups an opportunity to own a professional sports business. A relatively low cost barrier to entry, a proven game plan to success, with a return on their investment while positively impacting their region.
Evelyn Magley – CEO
Evelyn is the former Director of Community Engagement at the Brampton A’s of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada. As a liaison she scaled the forward facing programming of the NBL, professional basketball teams, and nonprofit organizations within the community at large.
A Music Educator and Music Therapist, Magley has a passion for positively impacting the lives of young people. As a graduate from the University of Kansas she co-founded “Children with Purpose,” an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, hot meals, and music.
A $3.7 million Fine Arts Building was constructed to house and educate students in a music program that grew to an 89% participation rate under her tutelage in Bradenton, Florida.
David Magley – President
David is a retired American NBA basketball player and coach. Prior to becoming the President of the TBL he served as the commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). Magley is a longtime successful entrepreneur. Awards include being an Academic All-American at Kansas University, 1978 Indiana Mr. Basketball, and producing four NCAA Student-Athlete children with his wife of 35+ years Evelyn.
Carlnel Wiley, Jr. – Commissioner
Coach Wiley came to TBL after a successful collegiate and professional playing career that saw him play at many places around the world.
Coaching for 20+ seasons and at various levels including the NBA D-League, he most recently won “TBL Coach of the Year” with the Mesquite Desert Dogs.
He received a Masters Degree from Chico State and served as the Director of Basketball Operations for Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. and is imminently qualified to support the expanding league.
His duties will range from assisting with new market expansion, managing and implementing league rules, running the summer combine series and supporting the overall growth of the league. “Carlnel has proven to be a faithful and resourceful supporter of the vision and we are Blessed that he has agreed to be in this key role as we grow to the next level with TBL” – Evelyn Magley CEO
Giving back to the community is one of his core beliefs as he gives his time to various youth organizations, such as the YMCA, Kids Kottage and The Boys and Girls Club.
“The youth are our future and we have to empower them, as well as offer tough love to build strong character and work ethic for the future of our world.” – Carlnel Wiley Commissioner
Coach Wiley has spent the last 12 years raising his beautiful daughter who is “the of his life.” He is dedicated to his family, players and the community.
Ronnie Nunn – Vice President of Basketball Operations Consultant Volunteer
Ronnie Nunn, born in Brooklyn, New York, is a 27 year veteran of the NBA, nineteen seasons as an official, 5 years as the league’s Director of Officials and 3 years as Director of Development. During his Administrative tenure, he hosted Making the Call with Ronnie Nunn for 7 seasons aired on NBA TV. He officiated 1,134 regular season, 73 playoff, 4 NBA Finals games, and the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.
Nunn continued his basketball career serving as a consultant to the Euroleague and the NBL of Australia, guest analyst for BBallbreakdown.com and operations administrator with the newly established TBL, The Basketball League.
His NunnBetterRefs Camps (nunnbetterrefs.com) provide instruction, training and development for enhancing basketball officials’ performance. His Twitter account @NunnBetterRefs also provides commentary and responses to referee calls for basketball aficionados worldwide.
Additionally, Nunn created an innovated program, NewHoopsIQ (ronnienunn.com) designed to maximize player time and productivity on the court while teaching methods and techniques to minimize fouling tendencies. Nunn implemented his program with the NY Knicks during the 2012-13 season returning them to the playoffs. ‘
He is a former Brooklyn Technical High School and George Washington University basketball player and a member of the university’s Hall of Fame and All-Century Team. Before joining the NBA, Nunn spent 2 seasons playing professional ball in Mexico and10 years as a NYC Special Education teacher and administrator.
Victoria Jones – VP Financial Literacy and Personal Development
The Basketball League welcomes Victoria Jones as Vice President of Financial Literacy and Personal Development. This program was developed after The Basketball League’s partnership with National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) to promote engagement in financial literacy.
Jones will be a vital element in TBL’s Financial Literacy Program—working to increase each player’s financial awareness. The organization’s main priority is for players to embrace their influence, while acknowledging that they hold all the power. Each athlete involved will focus on implementing their financial education into their daily routine.
“This program is a key component of personal development,” Jones said.
However, it goes beyond financial awareness it is also about the person’s brand, image, and learning the process of how to transition into the league appropriately. It showcases that this program is not only about being just an athlete, but it is also about growth and understanding.
“We want to provide the necessary resources and information so they can develop a different perspective on how and what to manage in their life,” Jones said.
Victoria Jones, specializes in career development for athletes. Her most effective tactic is to protect the player’s brand by steering them away from negative societal roadblocks that could hinder their career. As founder of FA-VII Life Coaching, she has learned the ability to adapt to all people and remain an active listener, with keen attention to detail. These fundamental skills help to keep each organization and player strong.
Jones holds a training certification, making her eligible to lead the programming and development department with confidence. These include qualifications like:
- National Financial Educator Council (NFEC)
- Certified Financial Education Instructor
- Provisional Life Coach, Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
- International Coach Federation (ICF)
- OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Health & Safety
The financial literacy program will run both virtually and in-person due to COVID restrictions. Jones main priority is to continue to guide clients through difficult and complex situations, by providing players and personnel with techniques to ease mental, physical, and emotional stress.
This opportunity being presented by TBL through its partnership with NFEC is redefining how leagues should cater to their players away from sports—Jones explained. The program will dedicate itself to The Basketball League’s core values, which align with faith, family, honesty, and transparency. The organization plans to create a positive impact that will last a lifetime in the league and for generations to come.
Kayla Crosby – Director of Team Development
Kayla Crosby is responsible for managing the “on boarding” process of new teams and support of existing teams.
Best known as the founder of #integrityfirst a non-profit organization with the vision of “positively impacting lives through the game of basketball. The mission is to help individuals develop their potential and achieve success by fostering integrity, motivation, responsibility, hope, perseverance, confidence, and sportsmanship.” The vehicle that they primarily use to support the mission, is the @jamestownjackals a functioning member of TBL.
In her 1st season in TBL, she received the prestigious “Herb Ellis Executive of the Year” award, for the overall community engagement efforts and the professionalism on and off the court.
“Kayla has a heart for people and is extraordinary in her outreach for serving people in the community. She is relentless in her passion for positively impacting lives and is committed to achieving excellence through integrity first. Focused in her pursuits, with her faith, she will move mountains. We are excited to introduce her as, Director of Team Development.”
– Evelyn Magley TBL CEO
“I am extremely grateful for my family and support system, because without their continued dedication and sacrifices my dream of changing lives though the game of basketball would not be coming to fruition. I could not be more excited that God is expanding my territory to share His vision.”
– Kayla Crosby TBL DTD
Dr. Tim Maggs has been appointed Director of Sports Biomechanics for The Basketball League for their upcoming 2020 season. Dr. Maggs is a sports chiropractor who has been in private practice for 41 years in upstate New York. He is also now the new proud owner of the Albany Patroons. He spent 4 years working with the New York Giants and has consulted with the Chicago Bulls. He is the developer of The Structural Management® Program, the most advanced sports biomechanics program available in the country today. He is also the developer of The Structural Fingerprint® Exam, the only comprehensive biomechanical exam available to athletes in the country today.
Dr. Maggs travels the country teaching his programs to chiropractors, and is in the process of building his Structural Management® Certification Program. His goal is to train many chiropractors in Structural Management® so they can provide these services to their respective communities.
One of Dr. Maggs biggest missions is his Concerned Parents of Young Athletes® Program (CPOYA), which is designed to raise the awareness of sports biomechanics in the middle and high school population. Dr. Maggs is the Director of Sports Injuries and Sports Biomechanics at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, New York. He is in the school one day per week seeing student/athletes for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. It is his hopes that other schools will follow his lead in allowing Certified SM Drs. become part of their athletic departments.
“Sports injuries are at epidemic levels in this country, from biddy ball to college to the pros. A major reason is we are using the wrong model of care in caring for these athletes. Too much care is reactive in nature. We also have the wrong Drs. and therapists in charge of these athletes. What we need is sports biomechanics and that’s why Structural Management® will be the solution to this crisis”, according to Dr. Maggs.
The Basketball League is working with Dr. Maggs to provide a Certified Structural Management® Dr. for every team in our league. This will make TBL stand out like no other league in the professional sports world.
Rev. Daniel L. Freeman I – Director TBL Chaplain Program
The Basketball League is more than just an organization for athletes to play and make money from; instead, it is a league that prides itself on its high values and developing young men into worldwide ambassadors. Their well-being is an important aspect, and they want to allow the most space for each person to learn and grow and advance their careers. Now, TBL Players can have a moment of levity with the introduction of The Chaplain Program.
The Chaplain Program was carefully curated by the league’s CEO, Evelyn Magley, and Pastor Freeman to develop a healing space for the young men and their family members. This program is designed to emphasize the importance of mental self-care and provide assistance to the league safely.
“Knowing they have someone, an advocator to speak to them is good,” Pastor Freeman said.
Pastor Freeman plays the role of coordinator of the program and plans to have a team that will specifically work with league players’ families. Both Freeman and Magley continue to put the program together— developing it in a way that is beneficial for the players. Although the program has not started yet, talks are already in the works about several program locations throughout certain cities.
“Hoping and seeking to have one Chaplain Program in every city where there is a team, two to three,” Freeman said.
Currently, program policies are being worked on, and although there isn’t an exact date for the program, things are said to be done by the end of the year. Freeman hopes to have all elements in place so information can begin distribution and the program can fall into place by March 2021.
“The Chaplain Program is a foundational piece to help build each young man to be able to see purpose for their life far beyond the basketball court. They need a “safe place” to be able to express their inner thoughts and emotions pertaining to basketball and life without judgement.” —Evelyn Magley/CEO