San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
Co-founder and President, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Medical Centers, Dr. Steven J. Cyr said that “our organization was pleased to become a sponsor of this new developmental basketball league”. The league will give players an opportunity to showcase their skills and possibly move up to the National Basketball Association (NBA) or Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) level.
A South Florida investment group, headed by Steve Haney, the former legal representative of NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins, is a key figure in the formation of the American Basketball League. “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. “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.”
By providing certified referees, uniforms and a carefully coordinated regional inter-conference schedule, participating teams will enjoy a substantial decrease in operating costs currently realized by teams in other minor basketball leagues. “The first ever American professional basketball league to play FIBA rules, the ABL will actually achieve the intended platform of being a developmental league. Calling oneself a "D-League" imports an obligation to do what you say you are going to do, not operate under the guise of 10-day calls ups to a league where jobs simply do not exist. Our development of players will actually result in their eventual career development through strategic placement with our international partners”, said Haney.
In addition to each team playing a regionally structured guaranteed schedule, an ABL Final Four will be held at the conclusion of the regular season in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a “winner take all” $10,000 purse for the inaugural league Champion. “To see two ABL teams playing a single "winner take all" game would add to the excitement of the league” says league representative Marlon Minifee, and “no other league in minor league basketball has ever offered such an opportunity to its member teams and players”.
As well as offering mentorship and guidance to its member franchises, the ABL will engage in profit sharing, a business model unprecedented in the history of minor league basketball. “If you pay a one time Market Reservation Fee to the league, quite obviously the league’s only way of making money is to hope you fail, so they can receive another Market Reservation Fee from the next expansion team” says Haney, “We want long-term business partners whose doors stay open, not close at the end of the season. Ultimately, the model of slow and steady growth, with experienced veteran leadership, will allow owners to realize profits and be a part of basketball history”.
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, visit http://www.abl-hoops.com or contact the ABL at 517.614.2304. You can also email the ABL at: ablhoops1(at)gmail(dot)com.
Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Medical located in San Antonio, Texas, is comprised of a group of orthopedic physicians and practitioners working together to bring you unparalleled healing and wellness using the latest technologies and procedures. Visit us at http://www.saspine.com or for more information contact Dave Howell at 210-618-6566.