The American Basketball Association has been around since 1967 and reemerged in 1999 as a new and improved organization. This year the ABA is also celebrating it’s 50th ANNIVERSARY!
Throughout the years, the league has adapted its rules with the game. The ABA combines NCAA, FIBA and NBA rules to create the best show for the fans. The ABA was the creator of the 3-point shot (now used by the NBA and other leagues). The ABA now has a rule focusing on defense called the 3D Rule. Learn about our unique rules here and how we plan on making the game more fun and exciting.
Every game should be a fan-pleasing entertainment experience. League play will emphasize pure basketball skills, while eliminating rough style of play. Officials should set a new and refreshing example by enforcing the rules of the game.
The 3-D Rule!
The 3-D Rule is on when:
6TH Foul Rule
ABA – DIVERSITY HAS FOUND A HOME
When Branch Rickey broke the color line with Jackie Robinson in major league baseball, it changed the face of professional sports in America – all for the good. And soon thereafter, the NFL and NBA followed suit. And professional sports became even better. At last, inclusion and opportunity were available to minorities and they’ve certainly taken advantage of it by providing some of the great players in basketball history like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Moses Malone, LeBron James, Tim Duncan and players with equal impact in football and baseball. And the same holds true for Hispanics and Asians.Unfortunately, that same inclusion and opportunity has not been extended to ownership unless you are a celebrity whose name and image major leagues can use for promotion and profit, like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jay Z or Usher. That is, until the ABA, where diversity has found a home. Diversity is at the core of the ABA. Over 75% of ABA teams are owned by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and women. This did not just happen. We made it happen by making it easier to own and operate an ABA team than any other sports opportunity. As a result of our inclusion of minorities, we now have over 90 teams in the ABA and are still growing.Very shortly, the ABA will be introducing ABA Plus – Basketball for the Next Generation – an entirely new concept that will move professional sports one step forward – and our goal will be similar to that of the ABA – to provide inclusion and opportunities for minorities to own and operate at the next level. It is about time to take the “Jackie Robinson” step to ownership in professional sports.
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