The Atlanta Hawks, a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, were founded in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons where they were a member of the National Basketball League (NBL). Later that year the team moved from Buffalo, New York to Moline, Illinois and changed their name to the Tri-City Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the National Basketball Association after the NBL ceased to exist. In 1951, the team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and after they determined the Tri-Cities was too small of a market to support an NBA squad. It was here where the team would acquire their current nickname, the Hawks. After four seasons in Milwaukee, the Hawks moved to St. Louis, Missouri. The teams years in St. Louis were some of its most successful years in franchise history, making the NBA finals four times in six seasons and winning the title in 1958. In 1968, the Hawks were purchased by businessman Thomas Cousins and former governor Carl Sanders and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where the team remains to this day.