About the MBL
The Maine Basketball League (MBL) was founded in 2014, as the Central Maine Basketball League (CMBL) by Ray Bernier. He served as the Commissioner of the league from its inception in 2014 to June 2022.
Nicareece Hunter was brought on board as the Assistant Commissioner in Spring 2019. In June 2022, he became the new Owner & Commissioner of the MBL.
Under new direction, the MBL looks to improve the quality of its in-person & online experiences, broadcasting, stewardship & community efforts, and future expansion with new conferences, special events, and 40 & over basketball experiences.
For six years and twelve seasons, the MBL was exclusive to Central Maine. Messalonskee High School, Gilman Street Basketball Club, and the Kennebec YMCA were gracious venues. The league established the Eastern Conference at the Alfond Youth & Community Center (AYCC) in 2019. CMCC Hall-of-Famer and the MBL's first-ever MVP Josh Berard serves as the Liaison for the Kennebec Division.
In 2020, the MBL acquired the Southern Maine Men's Basketball League owned by Maine's 2008 Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year, Keene State standout, and former NBL stud Ryan Martin. This expansion doubled the number of teams, split the league into two conferences, and introduced an entirely new group of captains and talent to the ever-growing community of the MBL. The Sebago Division has played their games at Lake Region High School, home of the Lakers, since Spring 2021 and Ryan Martin serves as Liaison.
The MBL is researching expansion options in Bangor and Portland by Fall 2024.
The MBL is Maine's #1 amateur basketball league. Running twice a year in the Spring (March - May) and in the Fall (August - December). The MBL is known for its draft-style league where interested participants ranging from Professional, Collegiate, Varsity, to Amateur experienced athletes sign up to be in the draft pool before each session. A group of talented captains draft and lead their teams from the beginning of the season to the very end.
Registrations are on a first come, first serve, paid basis ($150/player). This fee covers game management staff, referees for every game, venue costs, customized jerseys, awards (including a championship trophy), and more! During the season, the MBL's official podcast The Foul Line airs live on Friday nights on Facebook and Instagram.