The East Kentucky Miners today announced that the CBA's board of directors voted yesterday to shorten the 2008-2009 regular-season due to a very difficult and recessionary economy. The regular-season will end Tuesday, Feb. 3, and the CBA Championship series will begin in Albany, NY on Thursday, Feb. 5. It will be a best-of-three series between the Lawton-Ft. Sill Cavalry and the Albany Patroons, who will finish the regular season with the CBA's top two records. The Miners will finish this season in third-place, with a record of 10-7, having lost only once on their home court.
'Coming into this season, the other team owners and I knew this year was going to be a difficult one due to the economy,' stated Miners Co-owner and President Demetrius Ford. 'But we didn't expect things to be this difficult. Professional sports franchises are heavily dependent on corporate sponsorships and season ticket sales in order to operate efficiently. When you combine a recessionary economy, record home foreclosures and corporate layoffs, you have the perfect storm of fear. And this kind of fear quickly drops sponsorships and nonessential investments to the bottom of a potential sponsors list of priorities. At the close of our first season here in Pikeville, we secured enough corporate sponsorship commitments to easily cover our 2008-2009 operating budget. But as this season drew near, and the economy continued to weaken, those commitments all but disappeared. Not just in our home market, but in every CBA city. I believe every team in this league made a valiant effort to make it through such tough times, but from a business point of view, I think the decision to shorten the season was the right one. This way, teams can preserve capital for next season, the league can strengthen itself by bringing in more teams for 2009-2010, and the CBA can come back much stronger in its 63rd year of operation in a friendlier economy.'
The Miners co-owner expressed his gratitude to fans, sponsors, staff and others.
'Words cannot express how terrible I feel for our fans, season ticket holders, sponsors, players and staff,' said Ford. 'Our players went to war for us on the court, and they were great ambassadors in the community. Coach K and I will do all we can to help place these players in other leagues around the world so they can continue to pursue their dreams. To our fans and sponsors, God willing, I promise to do everything in my power to bring the Miners back to you next season. I know what the Miners and professional basketball mean to Pike and the surrounding counties, and I know what this franchise can do to help boost the local economy and how important our success is to the success of the Expo Center.'
Finally, Ford concluded, 'I want to thank everyone who bought a ticket to a Miners game, especially our season ticket holders. I want to thank the Board and management of the Expo Center for all they've done for us. I want to thank my staff and those who volunteered their time to help produce the best form of entertainment these mountains have ever had. I want to thank the Diamond Girls for all their hard work and dedication both when entertaining our fans in the arena and out in the community. And I want to extend a very special and heartfelt thank you to every one of our sponsors, who not only supported us this season, but were willing to step up when others were too afraid to.'
'The CBA Commissioner and the owners of the league made the right choice in shortening the length of the season,' said East Kentucky Miners Coach Kevin Keathley. 'In these tough financial times, it has affected all of us. This will provide all teams a chance to adjust to the economic climate. I would have loved to have played the remaining 11 games of our schedule, but this made the most sense and I will begin preparing for next season.'
The Miners coach reflected on the abbreviated season in which his team showed much promise.
'This season was one of the more competitive seasons I've experienced as a basketball coach,' Keathley commented. 'The franchises in the CBA did a good job of putting an excellent product on the floor and I hope our fans feel the same as I do. We came very close to reaching the CBA finals, and our players should be commended for such a valiant effort. Two first class organizations will square off for the championship and I wish both teams the best of luck.
'For us, we aren't going anywhere. We will begin getting ready for the 2009-2010 season tomorrow. I will begin looking at potential draft picks from this year's college senior class.
'We will continue to go out in the community this offseason and be active in several important causes. I want to thank the fans and the sponsors who helped make this season a success in my view. And I promise you, we will bring the most exciting brand of basketball in the state of Kentucky next season, just like we have the past two years.'
Representatives from the Miners organization will be in contact shortly with season ticket holders and sponsors with further information. Direct all immediate questions to email@example.com.
Al Ansar Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Greg Foster (188-84kg-89, college: Saginaw Valley). He played last summer at Fort Wayne Flite (CBA) in the U.S. Foster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-CBA Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. The previous (2014) summer he played at another team Diesels in U.S. semi-pro league PBL where in 16 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.4spg... [read more]
Al Ansar Medina (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Greg Foster (188-84kg-89, college: Saginaw Valley). He played last summer at Fort Wayne Flite (CBA) in the U.S. Foster helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very impressive season as he was voted USBasket.com All-CBA Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team. The previous (2014) summer he played at another team Diesels in U.S. semi-pro league PBL where in 16 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 4) and 1.4spg in 2014 season. Foster contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Two years ago (three years after he left the college) Foster was drafted by Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) as #4 pick overall. He attended Saginaw Valley State University (NCAA Div.II) until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. Foster is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), IBL (Portland C.), PBL (Indiana D.), UBA (Cleveland Havok) and ABA (Indy Naptown All Stars and Sugar Land L.).
One hundred days away from the start of the league's fifth year, as the CBA unveils 2017 season schedule - 3 months ago
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As the Central Basketball Association prepares for the start of its fifth year in approximately one hundred days, the league has revamped its lineup of member teams for the upcoming season, with an even greater emphasis on competitive, financial, and organizational strength. Three new teams have joined the league for the 2017 season, in the form of Baltimore, Washington, and Illinois, while Peoria, Springfield, Columbus, and Memphis have been left off next year's lineup of participating c... [read more]
As the Central Basketball Association prepares for the start of its fifth year in approximately one hundred days, the league has revamped its lineup of member teams for the upcoming season, with an even greater emphasis on competitive, financial, and organizational strength. Three new teams have joined the league for the 2017 season, in the form of Baltimore, Washington, and Illinois, while Peoria, Springfield, Columbus, and Memphis have been left off next year's lineup of participating clubs. After engaging in last month's annual league meetings at the Under Armour Headquarters in Baltimore, this year's eight member teams have begun preparations behind-the-scenes to ensure cooperation, growth, and success on and off the court. The 2017 season is set to begin March 25, with the seven-week regular season concluding on May 7, followed by the postseason knockout tournament held during the weekend of May 20-21 in Danville, Ill. Each team will continue to play the traditional eight-game league schedule, with four games at home and four games on the road, followed by the top-four teams advancing to the playoffs. Critical matchups during the season will occur within the long-distance trips throughout the season. In the first half of the season, Mississippi, Baltimore, and Washington will have road games in Illinois and Indiana. In the latter half of the season, the defending league champion and runner-up, Fort Wayne and Middle Tennessee, respectively, will fly to the East Coast to play in Maryland and the District of Columbia, while Illinois and Indianapolis travel south to compete in Kentucky and Tennessee. League players that make the final rosters for the respective CBA teams, will have their respective registration process with the league begin on February 15, as well. They will earn the opportunity to participate in the 2017 season, as well as the opportunity to be involved in the 2017-2018 CBA Global Opportunities Program in the offseason. Next year's international opportunities are scheduled to include Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. In the last three years, over 150 players have been provided an opportunity by the CBA to participate in basketball competition on international soil in over 30 nations, including 13 players in the past year within the league's CBA Brazil initiative. With the league's current partnership with Under Armour to schedule to grow further for the upcoming season, as well as forthcoming announcements of partnerships with additional major brands, the CBA is continuing to be at the forefront in the revolution of the minor league basketball industry. Courtesy of: playcba.com
New set of league players en route to South America to participate in CBA Brazil competition - 3 months ago
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In the fall of 2015, the Central Basketball Association, as part of its CBA Global Opportunities Program traveled to South America to initiate the beginning of the CBA Brazil project - a league initiative allowing for the bilateral exchange of players between the United States and Brazil. Following the inaugural trip, in which eight players participated in the week-long set of exhibition games in Rio de Janeiro, five individuals were offered opportunities to play competitively in South Am... [read more]
In the fall of 2015, the Central Basketball Association, as part of its CBA Global Opportunities Program traveled to South America to initiate the beginning of the CBA Brazil project - a league initiative allowing for the bilateral exchange of players between the United States and Brazil. Following the inaugural trip, in which eight players participated in the week-long set of exhibition games in Rio de Janeiro, five individuals were offered opportunities to play competitively in South America, ultimately resulting in three athletes traveling to Brazil to kickstart the CBA Brazil campaign. Over a year later, two more CBA players are on their way to South America, as a pair of former Springfield teammates are scheduled to begin competition in Sao Paulo this weekend. Former Carl Sandburg University product, and 6-foot point guard, Shaun Manney (6'0''-G-90, college: Carl Sandburg JC), played the last two seasons in the league, with his top performance during the 2015 campaign, where he averaged 11.8 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Chicago-native, Manney, also held the record for most assists in a playoff game with 14 in a quarterfinal loss against Bowling Green in 2015. Pairing up with Manney is 6-foot-4 small forward, St. Louis-native, Levi Smith (6'4''-F-87, college: Florissant Vl.CC), who led Springfield this past season averaging 14.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, including scoring in double-digits in all seven games he played in 2016. This will be Smith's first international opportunity, as is the case with Manney. The two players will be the first group of athletes heading to Brazil for the 2016-2017 CBA Brazil season, as more CBA players are expected to travel to South America in the coming months. To date, there have been five players who have received opportunities to play in Brazil since the inaugural trip in 2015, and over nearly 160 CBA players that have been given the chance to play on international soil since 2013. Courtesy of: playcba.com
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