Whatever Happened To NBA’s Reputation?

Last Updated on April 6, 2021

Whatever Happened To NBA’s Reputation?

Ever wondered what happened to NBA’s reputation? NBA used to be the staple of the cycling league but in recent years it has lost its reputation. 

Well, you’re at the right place. 

The NBA stands for National BMX Association and mismanagement massively damaged their reputation, including practices not reporting points totals in time, running laces late, and behind schedule. 

I’m here to break down everything that led to the downfall of the cycling NBA’s and why it only lasted two cycling seasons. 

Let’s jump in! 

What was the NBA?

The NBA’s (National BMX Association) was first started by Ernie Alexander in 1972. He had a motorcycle motocross in the background, and he was a promotor for Amercian Cycle Enterprises. 

Ernie Alexander was also a former Hollywood stunt man who promoted races at the famous Indian Dunes. He opened the first Yarnell track, which was a steep downhill course. 

It was the first and largest sanctioning body in the US for the first few years concerning the BMX; it was well known for its pioneering works found in the BMX, it was mainly concentrated on the west coast of the US.

It was the first body to hold nationals, which racers would come from all over the country and competed for points to win the championship.

In 1972 Alexander created the national bicycle association, modeled on the existing American Motorcycle Association. He also built the nation-spanning professional sanctioning body for BMX. 

It was going until the end of 1981, and in its last two years, it changed its name from national bicycle association to national BMX association. 

In their last few months, they tried to start new tracks to spark new energy and enthusiasm for the association, but it was too late, and they didn’t make it past the 1981 season. 

Ernie Alexander did try one more foray into the sport in 1981 called the World Wide Bicycle Motorcross Association, but sadly this did not last more than two racing seasons. 

So what caused NBA’s reputation to crumble? 

Many factors led to the demise of the National BMX Association, and here are a few:

Mismanagement: 

This was the top cause of the NBA’s reputation plummeting; sadly, it damaged the reputation massively as a result.

NBA’s were not reporting points totals in time, running races late or behind schedule. They deliberately scheduled their own events opposite the events of other sanctioning bodies to weaken their attendance.

They also had a poor attentive attitude to members who joined the NBA’s.

Suffered lack of ridership: 

As a result of the mismanagement, the racers were less committed and were more committed to other point races with other sanctioning bodies.

The NBA tried to spark interest in new races and encourage racers to rejoin, but it inevitably failed.

Financial difficulties: 

In the end, as a result of the lack of interest, the NBA’s suffered massively financially and had to cease sanctioning its own races.

Ernie Alexander tried to merge its membership and start joint operations, but they did not merge their management with NBL until 1981.

So what was the NBL?

So after losing NBA’s reputation, Ernie Alexander signed over management with NBL (National Bicycle League). But what is the NBL?

The NBL started in Florida and expanded across the East Coast with a few tracks west of the Mississippi River, but when it inherited the NBA’s membership and tracks, it really started to flourish. 

The NBA ceased sanctioning its own races but then went in partnership with the NBL; the NBL acquired all of their tracks in the nation and those on the west coast. 

In 1997 the NBL joined USA Cycling, the sanctioning body that has long supported road racing and mountain biking, and BMXing in the USA. 

USA Cycling was also part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which oversees all the cycling around the world. 

As of 2011, the NBL has joined with the ABA, and for the first time in 35 years, BMX Racing was under one sanctioning body in the USA. 

 

Summary: 

BMX racing has come a long way since the NBA’s and finally owned under one sanctioning body. If the management were improved, then maybe NBA would be the leading sanction in 2021. 

The mismanagement, financial difficulties, and the lack of interest inevitably lead to the NBA’s downfall and passing over to the NBL. 

But if this had have happened, then there may still be competing sanctions even today.

Happy BMXing. 

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