The Interstate league was handicaped by their dependency on moonlighting EBL, PSL, or NYSL players. Uncertainty about player appearances affected the game on the court and the receipts at the box office. The pre-war circuit, in southern Connecticut and metropolitan New York City area, gradually unraveled as the season progressed and disbanded in mid-January. A new league active in Massachusetts and northern Connecticut survived because of strong local newspaper support. Big-name performers such as Chief Muller, Swede Grimstead, and Johnny Beckman appeared on the roster of the champion Bigelow-Hartford club.