ABL Makes Front Page of the Boston Globe
Updated Monday January 7, 2013 by American Basketball League.
Over the years, Steve Haney has watched minor league basketball sprout and then fade quicker than the Pittsburgh Pirates in August. Only the strong-shouldered support of the NBA has kept the NBADL from folding.
But Haney, a former agent for Magic Johnson and sports business mogul, believes a minor league can not only survive but thrive — if it doesn’t follow the model of leagues such as the CBA, USBL, or new ABA.
In Haney’s eyes, having a team from, say, Santa Fe, N.M., travel north to play a team in St. Paul isn’t financially feasible, so he decided to form the American Basketball League, with regional divisions. Set to begin play Jan. 19, 2013, are the Tropics Conference, with six teams in Florida, and the Lone Star Conference, with six teams in Texas.
The ABL will play a 24-game schedule that concludes with a Final Four-type tournament for the top two teams in each division. What differentiates the ABL from other leagues are two major things: It will play by FIBA international rules, and it will serve as a feeder league for European leagues, not the NBA or NBADL.
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