Welcome to the very first instalment of the ABA FAQ #1, the series in which I ask various ABA representatives (ABA officials, coaches, franchise owners, etc.) questions about the ABA.
For the very first installment of ABA FAQ, I had the pleasure to speak with ABA CEO Joe Newman and Seven City Knights ABA franchise owner Richard Blue. The questions and answers are down below.
Part One: Joe Newman
Me: What was the purpose of postponing operatiooperations for the 2002-2003 season?
Newman: When we started the ABA in 2000, the goal was to have at least 8 teams. After the first two seasons, it appeared that there were only seven viable teams and that the "model" was exactly right. We took a year off to re-do the model which we did.
Me: When exactly does the ABA season starstart/end?
Newman: The ABA season starts around Nov 15, ends around Mar 10, with two weeks of playoffs to follow.
Me: What is your response about your "rival" league, the PBL (Premier Basketball League)?
Newman: You really don't want to hear my response about the PBL. There is nothing good I can say about them. We will leave it at that.
Part Two: Richard Lue
Me: How can you describe the ABA basketball league?
Lue: The ABA is the largest professional sports league in the U.S. It is a national league wit team throughout the country and expanding.
Me: What is it like to own an ABA franchise? What are some ways your franchise caters to various local ties in your community?
Lue: owning and managing a professional sports team in this league is challenging but rewarding.
We reach out to our community through charity games and fundraisers. this coming year we will be holding training camps.
Me: The ABA has faced a large amount of criticism due to many teams folding or not finishing the season. What made you want to join the league despite this?
Lue: We have been with the ABA since 2010 and although there is much that can be improved we work together with the league to resolve issues. Teams that have folded may be due to poor management or not enough funding. the original ABA did not make it because of little or no coverage in the media Mainly TV.
I joined the league because I believe that it is a great way for players to get exposure and develop their skills.
Me: Lastly, what would you consider to be your greatest achievement as the owner of an ABA franchise?
Lue: I would say helping players grow on and off the court.
I hope this helps if you have questions please feel free to contact me any time.
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Thank You For Reading
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