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Salem Sabres Added to ABA PAC/NW DivisionSalem-News.com
“Where Basketball is More Than Just a Game”
(INDIANOPOLIS, IN) - The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that the Salem Sabres from Salem, Oregon has been added to its Pacific/Northwest Division. “We’ve had excellent growth in the division for next season,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “And we’re pleased to add our first team in Oregon. The Sabres will begin with an abbreviated schedule in their first season and will compete with the Seattle Mountaineers, Kitsap Admirals, Olympia Rise, Lakewood Panthers and Washington Raptors.”
The Sabres are owned by C. Neiman Sports, Inc., a local non-profit organization. CEO Rhonda Alexander, who previously owned the Willamette Bistro in Salem got the idea of team ownership from another ABA team owner and said, “I am very excited about the upcoming season and want the organization to take things slow. We are now diligently working on building our coaching staff, securing a venue and selecting our players who will be representing Oregon’s Capital City. We recognize we are a new organization so we want to take the time to build solid community relationships. Our goal is to create affordable, fun, exciting family and youth entertainment here in Salem.”
The ABA is symbolized by the red, white and blue ball and was a pioneer basketball league in the United States which ran for about 10 years back in the late 1960s.
There are only two professional basketball leagues in the history of the United States that people recognize. They are the NBA and the ABA. The ABA has a rich history dating back to 1967. The original ABA, competed with the well established National Basketball Association NBA, until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. The ABA had legendary players such as Julius ("Dr. J") Erving, Connie Hawkins, George ("Ice") Gerving, David Thompson, George McGinnis, Artist Gilmore, Moses Malone, and Rick Berry. Ultimately, four ABA teams were merged into the NBA: the New York Nicks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs.
In the year 2000, the rights to the ABA was acquired back from the NBA by one of its original founders, Atty. Dick Tinkham and named Joe Newman as its CEO. There are currently over 90 ABA professional basketball teams throughout the United States.The ABA re-started with 9 teams and after 12 years, is now the 2nd largest professional basketball league in the United States.
City of Salem councilwoman Sheryl Thomas said, “A professional basketball team would be a great asset to the city and would give our youth and families in the community another positive outlet and hopefully help boost the local economy. I am ready to see the Salem Sabres play.”
The Sabres will be hosting 2-3 tryouts in July and August with the dates and locations to be announced.
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