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For information on the original American Basketball Association that existed from 1967 through 1976, see American Basketball Association.
American Basketball Association
American Basketball Association logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1999
Motto More than just a game.
No. of teams 55
Country(ies)  Bahamas (1 team)
 United States (54 teams)
Most recent champion(s) Kentucky Bisons (1st title)
Most championships Vermont Frost Heaves (2 titles)
Official website

The American Basketball Association (ABA) OTCBB: ABKB is a professional men's basketball league that was founded in 1999. The current ABA has no affiliation with the original American Basketball Association that merged with the NBA in 1976.



First beginning play in 2000 with eight teams, the league completed its seventh season in March 2009.

Following its first two seasons, the league suspended operations in 2002-2003 for reorganization. Expansion occurred prior to the 2004-2005 season, with 37 teams eventually playing that year. The 2006-2007 season saw the cost for a new expansion franchise raised to $50,000.[1], many still sell for 5-10k and less in some cases. The ABA also stopped using the term 'franchise' after an OurSportsCentral message board listed the rules for a franchisee and franchise seller. As none of these legal steps were taken (ie Prospectus, names of past and present franchises, rules on what each side can expect from the other) the league started using the term 'Market Reservations' rather than franchise. One notable 2006-2007 expansion franchise was the Vermont Frost Heaves, owned by Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff. Also in 2006-2007, former NBA player John Salley was named league commissioner, and Maryland Nighthawks owner Tom Doyle was named chief operating officer.

Following the league's first public offering in 2006, it was reported that Joe Newman was voted out of his position as league CEO.[2] A form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in February 2007 claimed the ABA Board of Directors removed Newman as league CEO on January 31, 2007. It went on to state that Newman's actions as league CEO would be reviewed to ensure that they were performed with the Board's permission.[3] The same filing also claimed that Newman and other shareholders plotted to remove Tom Doyle, John Salley, and David Howitt from the Board and elect Paul Riley as its director. Newman denied his removal ever occurred, and continued as acting CEO.[4] The lawsuits were settled in March 2007 with Doyle's and Salley's resignations from the league Board of Directors.

The 2006-2007 season saw many franchises fail to travel to road games or play a full schedule. When a weather problem required a postponement of a playoff game between the defending champion Rochester Razorsharks and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, instead of letting the two teams reschedule, the league wanted to force Rochester to forfeit. Rochester instead withdrew from the league.[5] This incident, coupled with the CEO v. COO intrigue, caused to some league owners to become frustrated with the instability of the league and separate to form the Premier Basketball League (PBL).

The 2007-2008 season saw nearly twenty teams fold within its first five weeks, and several remaining teams left the ABA to join other existing leagues. According to Our Sports Central, only around 35% of the games were actually played in the 2007/08 season. The teams that played the highest percentage of games were Vermont, Manchester (NH), and Quebec. Those three teams would leave to the PBL at the conclusion of the season.[6][7] Another team that only played home games was Beijing Aoshen Olympic. This team was kicked out of the Chinese Basketball League and played home games in Singapore. Beijing would pay $3000 and fly teams to Singapore for a 2-game homestand. Early teams complained on Our Sports Central that they were forced to stay in a hotel that doubled as a brothel. Joe Newman CEO forced Beijing to find a new hotel on hearing this news. Later teams stayed in a Holiday Inn.

The league's most successful franchise by attendance, the Halifax Rainmen, left the ABA, citing frustration with teams not showing up for games, as well as a biased ranking system. Numerous sportswriters essentially referred to the ABA as a joke, and not to be taken seriously.[8]

The 2008-2009 season saw the league conduct interleague play with the Continental Basketball Association. The 2009-2010 season is scheduled to have 62 teams at play.

Current teams

For current regular season standings,see Standings.
For regular season standings of past ABA seasons, see American Basketball Association (2000–) Standings.

Northeast Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Jersey Express East Orange, New Jersey East Orange Campus High School gym
Maryland Marvels Severna Park, Maryland Severn School gym
New York Red Riders Elmira, New York Chemung County YMCA
NYC Thunder New York City Traveling team
Tri-City Suns Temple Hills, Maryland Progressive Christian Academy gym

Southeast Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Atlanta Vision Suwanee, Georgia TBA
Bahama All-Pro Show Deltona, Florida TBA
Charlotte Crossovers Fort Mill, South Carolina LifePointe Community Center
Columbus Life Columbus, Georgia Frank J. Lumpkin Jr. Center (4,500)
Florida Thundercats Leesburg, Florida Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center
Georgia Prowl McDonough, Georgia Eagle's Landing High School gym
Mississippi Blues Biloxi, Mississippi Biloxi High School gym
Music City Stars Nashville, Tennessee Allen Arena (5,028)

North Central Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Akron Rise Akron, Ohio Exhibition team for '09-'10, full season in '10-'11
Chicago Steam South Holland, Illinois South Suburban College Fieldhouse
Cleveland Rockers Warrensville Heights, Ohio Multiplex Arena (3,300)
Columbus Crush Columbus, Ohio New Covenant Believers Church[9]
Detroit Hoops Detroit, Michigan Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Grand Rapids Flight Caledonia Township, Michigan Davenport University Student Center
Kansas City Stars Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Auditorium
Lake Michigan Admirals Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan Benton Harbor High School & Lake Michigan Catholic High School gyms
Pittsburgh Phantoms Elizabeth, Pennsylvania Court Time Sports Center
Youngstown Swish Youngstown, Ohio Exhibition team for '09-'10, full season in '10-'11

South Central Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Bluegrass Stallions Lexington, Kentucky Kentucky Horse Park (6,300)
East Kentucky Miners Pikeville, Kentucky TBD
Kentucky Bisons Owensboro, Kentucky Owensboro Sports Center (5,000)
Smoky Mountain Jam Sevierville, Tennessee Catlettsburg Elementary School gym
St. Louis Stunners St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Community College gym (2,500)
West Virginia Blazers Bluefield, West Virginia Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center & Bluefield State College

Southwest Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Dallas Generals Dallas, Texas Fair Park Coliseum (8,513)
Houston Takers Houston, Texas John H. Reagan High School Fieldhouse
North Texas Fresh Fort Worth, Texas Central High School Fieldhouse (3,000)
Southeast Texas Mavericks Beaumont, Texas Ford Park (Beaumont, TX) (8,500)
Texas Fuel San Antonio, Texas Alamo Convocation Center
West Texas Whirlwinds Midland, Texas Carver Center

NoCal Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
California Sea-Kings Salinas, California Hartnell College Fieldhouse
Chico Rage Hamilton City, California Hamilton Union High School Fieldhouse
Clayton Showtime Clayton, California Clayton Community Gym
Sacramento Heatwave Folsom, California Folsom High School
Salt Lake City Saints Salt Lake City, Utah Lifetime Activities Center
San Francisco Rumble San Francisco, California Kezar Pavilion

SoCal Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
California Beach Ballers Newport Beach, California TBA
Central Valley Dawgs Lindsay, California McDermont Field House
Compton Cobras Compton, California Compton Community College
Honolulu Pegasus Honolulu, Hawaii TBA
Las Vegas Dynasty.[10] Las Vegas, Nevada Dula Memorial Community Center
Los Angeles Slam Maywood, California Maywood Activity Center
Riverside Rainmakers Riverside, California TBA
San Diego Surf San Diego, California Cathedral Catholic High School

Pacific Northwest Division

Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Seattle Mountaineers Seattle, Washington Green River Community College, Big Picture School, Renton High School
Seattle Zhen Ghan Seattle, Washington TBA
Washington Raptors Lakewood, Washington Pierce College

2010-11 expansion/returning teams

Defunct teams

Former teams that joined other leagues

Championship Game results

For complete playoff results of past ABA seasons, see American Basketball Association (2000–) Playoff Results.
Year Champion Runner-up Score Location Reference
2000-2001 Detroit Dogs Chicago Skyliners 107-91 Cox Pavilion
2001-2002 Kansas City Knights Southern California Surf 118-113 Kemper Arena
2003-2004 Long Beach Jam Kansas City Knights 126-123 Walter Pyramid
2004-2005 Arkansas RimRockers Bellevue Blackhawks 118-103 Alltel Arena
2005-2006 Rochester Razorsharks SoCal Legends 117-114 Blue Cross Arena
2006-2007 Vermont Frost Heaves Texas Tycoons 143-95 Barre Auditorium
2007-2008 Vermont Frost Heaves San Diego Wildcats 87-84 Pavillon de la Jeunesse
2008-2009 Kentucky Bisons Maywood Buzz 127-120 Nashville Municipal Auditorium

All-Star Game results



Player of the Year

Coach of the Year

Executive of the Year

MVP - Championship Game

MVP - All-Star Game

Community Service

  • 2000-2001 - None Announced
  • 2001-2002 - None Announced
  • 2003-2004 - None Announced
  • 2004-2005 - None Announced
  • 2005-2006 - None Announced
  • 2006-2007 - Modie Cox, Buffalo Silverbacks

See also


  1. ^ Democrat & Chronicle: Bob Matthews
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ - Home of the American Basketball Association
  5. ^ George, Rachel (2007-03-24). "Sea Dawgs are unlikely hosts". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Premier Basketball League Welcomes Vermont Frost Heaves And Manchester Millrats". Our Sports Central. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Quebec Kebs Join Premier Basketball League". Our Sports Central. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  8. ^ Walling, Alex (2008-03-28). "ABA stands for Amateur Basketball Association". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  9. ^ Columbus Crush Presents, Columbus Crush,, retrieved 2009-11-23 
  10. ^ Pascucci, Gianni (2009-07-14), New team name and staff for the Aces, US,, retrieved 2009-12-08 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ "ABA to bring professional basketball franchise to Norfolk". WTKR. 2009-10-20.,0,3665586.story. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  13. ^ Byler, Billy (2009-11-03), Augusta loses its Groove, Augusta Chronicle,, retrieved 2009-11-04 
  14. ^ Wuest, Matthew (2008-06-23). "Rainmen to join Premier Basketball League". Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  15. ^ New Pro-Basketball Team Named: "Southeast Texas Mustangs"
  16. ^ "Fury Finished". 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  17. ^ Sea Dawgs Join Continental Basketball League, Cape Fear Business News, 2009-11-03,, retrieved 2009-11-03 

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