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Will Birmingham play in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League?

December 2010
A semi-pro basketball league named the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League announces five new teams for their upcoming 2011 season. A local team, the Birmingham Sun, was one of the five.

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The other four teams named are the Boston Bulldogs, the Hudson Valley Queens, the Newberry (SC) Lady Panthers, and the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats.

The Sun will be owned by Rob Pritchett and Dewayne Coker. Pritchett will also be the head coach.

The WBCBL was founded in 2004 by Willie McCray. The WBCBL's first season was in 2005 and has played every year since.

According to McCray, the WBCBL was created as a showcase for women to land jobs in the Women's National Basketball Association and other professional leagues.

May 2011
The 2011 season begins but Birmingham is the only one of the five expansion teams that do not join the league.

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The Birmingham Sun never played, most likely due to insufficient funding.

The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League would continue to play, and the city would eventually join the league in 2017 with the creation of the Alabama Reign. That would prove to be the Reign's first, and only, season.

The WBCBL was sold just after the 2018 season and was rebranded the Women's Basketball Development Association.

In 2019, the Birmingham Legends joined the WBDA. However, they only played three games before folding.

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