Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
A South Florida investment group, headed by Steve Haney, the former legal representative of NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins, announces the formation of the American Basketball League.
The professional league will commence its inaugural 24 game regular season January 2013 and will field a 14 team league set to challenge the recent economic and rather public failings of current minor league basketball organizations.
“Simply put, the time is now to offer a minor league basketball product which is efficiently and effectively organized,” says Haney. “Unlike many of the leagues in existence today, the ABL will operate as a true developmental and feeder system to Europe and the NBA with a business model the polar opposite of existing leagues.” In addition to forging long-term relationships with European basketball federations, the ABL will also emphasize mentoring young professionals and engage in life skills and personal business development.
Combining forces with Haney are former NBA All Star and New York City basketball legend Kenny Anderson and International basketball icon Tony Parker, Sr., the Father of the San Antonio Spurs All Star and MVP candidate Tony Parker.
“Kenny Anderson is one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game of basketball,” says Haney. “Who better to mentor and assist in the skill and professional development of aspiring pro basketball players then one with the experiences of Kenny Anderson.”
“I am excited about the creation of the ABL,” says Anderson. “To share the lessons I learned in my professional career will allow young men to avoid many of the mistakes I made. We intend on developing basketball players on and off the court, which has never been attempted before in professional basketball.”
With the inclusion of Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) board member Tony Parker, Sr. as the league’s Executive Vice President and Director of International Affairs, the ABL has an unprecedented relationship with Europe that is also bolstered with Haney’s historic accomplishments representing NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. In 1999, Haney spearheaded Magic Johnson’s well-publicized comeback to basketball by negotiating a six figure licensing deal between Magic Johnson and European club team M7 Boras. In conjunction with Magic Johnson’s business interests in Sweden, Haney negotiated global endorsement deals with such companies as; American Express, McDonalds, Audi and Adidas. During that time, Haney lived in Europe and was the General Manager of the Magic Johnson organization, which included the promotion and marketing of the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in Scandinavian history.
In 2005, Haney continued his historic accomplishments in the world of International basketball by coordinating the return of NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Dominique Wilkins to Athens, Greece. As the personal Attorney to Dominique Wilkins, Haney negotiated Wilkins’ appearance at the Greek League All Star game. It marked Dominique Wilkins first return to Greece after leading his former club team Panathanaikos to the Euroleague Championship. As a player, Steve Haney still ranks as one of the top three point field goal shooters in the history of the Big West Conference.
“I am honored to team up with Kenny Anderson and Tony Parker, Sr. and combine our global networks and resources to offer an unprecedented pipeline to Europe, which will greatly benefit the players in our league,” says Haney. “This will give players playing minor league basketball a real sense of career development.”
ABL markets have already been reserved in the following cities; San Antonio, Houston, Austin, San Marcos, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Panama City and Fort Walton Beach. Tryout and veteran camps for ABL teams will commence in May and run through November.
For more information about the ABL, tryouts and market details please refer to its website, http://www.abl-hoops.com or contact the ABL in the manner below.