American Basketball League to compete with NBA D-League
West Palm Beach, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The new American Basketball League is scheduled to tip-off in 2013 with a dozen ball clubs set to take on NBA’s D-League talent-per-talent and dollar-per-dollar.
ABL founder Steve Haney teamed up with hip-hop producer Steve Rifkind to provide American basketball fans a league that will feature more international talent and perhaps a better system of play.
The ABL will begin its 24-games inaugural season in January, pitting in teams from Corpus Christi, Sebring, Fort Walton Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, College Station, Sugarland, San Marcos, San Antonio and Miami in a round-robin format.
The league is also planning to have expansion teams in California and New York in the coming years to further widen its market coverage.
Moreover, the new ABL will employ a FIBA-style basketball to better suit the play of international recruits.
If everything falls into place, the ABL may provide a challenge to the D-League’s dominance in the minor league basketball market.