League suspended operation on February 3, 1917, due to World War I
The rejuvenated New York State Basketball League enjoyed a successful season. With many of the better-known stars of past seasons performing in the higher-paying PSL, youngsters such as Al Schuler and Herm Butch were featured. Attendance was high despite the diminished quality of play from previous years. The season was brought to an abrupt halt, however, the first week in February, when the National Guard closed all the state armories where league games were played.