"If at first you don't succeed, try and try again" ; WUSBA will open in spring 2012 - Sep 14, 2011
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Atlanta, Ga. (September 14, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced today it will move its inaugural basketball season to the spring of 2012. The season will begin on April 11, 2012 and end on June 30, 2012. According to league sources, the initial preparation for the new time frame has already begun. 'Last year we could only muster 48 players to fill 12 teams, this year I wanted to play in the summer, then we found out that seven gymnasiums did not have central air conditioning, so we switched to the fall, only to find that this is the wrong time of year to try to rent gymnasiums from any school', said league president Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We have been given preliminary approval to use the same colleges and high schools we have been in agreement with over the past several years'. 'We will have a final roster of teams by November 30, 2011. As it sits right now we are targeting twenty communities, we plan to visit each site over the next 45 days, and then we will know how many teams we will start with in the spring. Whatever number of teams we sign at that time is what we go with for the spring, no exceptions'.
The following is the list of teams targeted for the WUSBA 2012 basketball season:
The Piedmont Division consists of the Raleigh Roadrunners, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, Winston Salem Cardinals and the Augusta Raging River
The Appalachian Division houses Nashville Thunder, the Chattanooga Royal, the Knoxville Reign, the Kentucky Plateau, and the West Virginia Capitals.
The Atlantic Division has the Hampton Roads Blaze, the Virginia Colonials, the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks and the Charleston Cadets.
The Southern Division fields the Atlanta Platinum, the Macon Storm, the Mobile Spirit, the Tallahassee Cypress and the Birmingham Starz.
Teams that are under consideration are Memphis, Louisville, Norfolk, Pensacola, Huntsville, Asheville and Montgomery.
'We will set out to deliver twenty basketball teams; however, since we do not own these facilities, we must visit each school to confirm our agreement. We know we have twelve colleges and three high schools already committed to rent to us and with Raleigh recovering from being hit hard by the tornados last spring, we believe we have overcome all the obstacles in our way', said WUSBA vice president Kenneth Green.
'We had originally planned to begin in the summer of 2010, however when we discovered that we only had 48 players signed, and we discovered we had serious issues with some of our coaches and our staff'. 'This year we wanted to launch in the summer and follow right along with the WNBA, we then found out that seven of the schools did not have central air conditioning, we had no choice'. 'Everyone knows how hot its been in the south, this became a health issue and everyone associated with the Women's United States Basketball Association has the basketball players safety first and foremost on their minds. We will accomplish all that is necessary to maintain the safe environment for our teams'. 'We are truly grateful to be accepted in these great cities and towns', said Duane Allen Jenkins WUSBA president and C.E.O. ' We will honor all coaches and player agreements for the new season'.
'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league right underneath the WNBA. We plan to utilize former NCAA players as coaches and league staff. We hope to begin our inaugural season with 20 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. We require the teams, coaches and players to share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'
'We do not own any of these venues, such as we are at the mercy of the school or university, when I discovered that most of our gymnasiums had previous engagements committed for the gym, we had to make a decision, start with five teams or wait until the spring when the gymnasiums are free'. 'Playing in the spring eliminates this issue. We are now arranging venue agreements to complete everything it takes to run a basketball league in the pursuit of our original goals'. 'Basketball is a winter and spring sport'.
'As I stand before you today, it is my pleasure to announce our march to the opening day of our 2012 basketball season; it is our goal to conduct proper preparation for the season'.
'Accordingly, I am pleased to announce the actual beginning of the 2012 Women's United States Basketball Association basketball season. We will conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with major professional women's basketball.'
'We will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for the 2012 basketball season.'
'We'll see you, your family and your friends courtside in April 2012.'
'The Women's United States Basketball Association was formed in late March 2010, but the WUSBA concept was originally founded in July 2007. Through the months and years, we have faced a variety of challenges -- some of which seemed insurmountable at the time. The WUSBA will persevere through the tough economic adversities our country has faced and the WUSBA will persevere through this one, as well -- to emerge with a framework for the future, one that everyone will be proud to be associated with -- where our players and coaches have an opportunity to achieve their goals.'
Schwinn Bicycle and WUSBA will continue to ride together on the national stage - Apr 4, 2012
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Atlanta, Ga. (April 4, 2012) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), Pacific Cycle and Schwinn Bicycle will continue their official supplier and vendor partnership for the WUSBA during the league quest to go national. 'We are pleased with the continuation of this relationship and we are confident in the proven reliability of Schwinn Bicycle products to provide our fans with the one of the highest quality bikes in the marketplace [read more]
Atlanta, Ga. (April 4, 2012) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), Pacific Cycle and Schwinn Bicycle will continue their official supplier and vendor partnership for the WUSBA during the league quest to go national. 'We are pleased with the continuation of this relationship and we are confident in the proven reliability of Schwinn Bicycle products to provide our fans with the one of the highest quality bikes in the marketplace.'
'We're very excited to be part of the WUSBA, their youth programs, and with their basketball teams', noted Schwinn Bicycle spokesperson, John Riggs. 'What counts here is supplying the league with the best bikes available, today. We love the sport of basketball and with this partnership with the WUSBA; we're fired up about introducing more fans to the sport of cycling.' 'Cycling is a great way to keep muscles and tendons in the lower leg and the small of the back toned and firm. Basketball and cycling are a perfect fit.'
Schwinn's presence in consumer of cycling is legendary. The partnership between the WUSBA and Schwinn Bicycle was forged after an extensive search for a company to supply the league with quality bicycles. The Alden Group LLC, parent company of the WUSBA approached Schwinn in November 2009 to be their supplier. Trek Bicycle originally was to partner with the WUSBA to supply bicycles to the league. The WUSBA and Trek mutually decided to end their relationship. No other information on the split was made available.
'Schwinn Bicycle has been around since the late 1900s, we knew that we wanted them to be a part of our team', noted Duane Jenkins, WUSBA's President and Chief Executive Officer. 'We didn't want to jump into a partnership with just any team; we are very sure that this relationship is the right move for and the WUSBA. When we approached Schwinn about a partnership, we realized that the opportunity to work with this company was too good to pass up. It's no secret that theyve enjoyed tremendous success, and they've demonstrated time and time again that they are one of the best in recreational cycling'.
'It was an easy decision to partner with this cycling company,' Jenkins said when WUSBA officially announced their acquisition of the partnership. 'We, think our fans will be excited as cycling has always been a part of a very important part of physical fitness, we believe this agreement will help significantly increase the sport of cycling in our team cities.' Jenkins continued.
Schwinn bikes will be featured in the WUSBA's season ticket and single ticket promotions. The league will give away bicycles to fans during their 2015 Season Ticket Extravaganza and then repeat the giveaway during the leagues 2015-16 Single Ticket Extravaganza in which the league will again give away an additional bicycles at seasons end. The giveaways are sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) company.
'I'm very happy to have Schwinn to continue as a sponsor and a vendor of the league and our basketball teams. Schwinn offers high-performance high quality bikes that look awesome. Most importantly, I know I can trust its reliability as they have dealers ready to offer superior customer service in all our cities.' All the major retailers carry their products, Wal Mart, Dicks Sorting Goods and Toys R Us,' you can't go wrong being associated with a product sold by these giants,' said Jenkins
About Pacific Cycle, Inc -- a division of Dorel Industries, Inc., a global leader in branded consumer products. Pacific Cycle designs, markets and distributes high quality bicycles and other recreational products around the world. Pacific Cycle products a wide range of brands including Schwinn, Mongoose, In Step, Schwinn Motorsport, BMW, Road master, Pacific Dyno and Power Ride.
About Schwinn Bicycle Company -- was founded by Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago, Illinois in 1895. Pacific Cycle purchased Schwinn in 2001.
About WUSBA -- Established in 2010, the Women's United States Basketball Association is women's professional basketball league. The league will activate thirty two teams, split into two conferences, the Western and the Eastern; each conference will be divided into divisions for the 2015-16 basketball seasons. The league is designed to showcase top female basketball players from the United States and from around the world. The league is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The inaugural regular season will begin in the third week of November 2015 and run through mid April 2016. Each team will play a seventy game schedule.
WUSBA will operate its own development league; Women's United States Basketball Association Development League (WUSBADL) - Apr 1, 2012
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Atlanta, Ga., and (April 1, 2012) --------The National Basketball Association has one. Major League Baseball has one and now the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will do the same. The WUSBADL will begin their season in August 2015. All teams will be located in each WUSBA team city. The league will create a ten team league that will play in the pre-season of the WUSBA. Each team will play a sixteen game season [read more]
Atlanta, Ga., and (April 1, 2012) --------The National Basketball Association has one. Major League Baseball has one and now the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will do the same. The WUSBADL will begin their season in August 2015. All teams will be located in each WUSBA team city. The league will create a ten team league that will play in the pre-season of the WUSBA. Each team will play a sixteen game season. The ten team league will play their games at the local WUSBA arena.
The WUSBA will utilize the league as a developmental format to select basketball players for the forthcoming basketball season. This developmental league will add to the appeal to entice more fans to attend WUSBA games. As a result, the WUSBA can establish a steady flow of up and coming basketball players. The season will begin competition play in early August. The league is originally intended solely as a scouting event for WUSBA head coaches. The league will evolve into a fan-friendly eight week event in which each team will play a twenty game schedule. The league will end with a championship playoff series.
The minor league will include an All-Star game. The game will be played at the end of the regular basketball season. The site will select at a later date and the game be played one of the WUSBA arenas. Since the inception of the WUSBA, the league will use the pre-season games to develop basketball players that may be included in the WUSBA draft, as well as the current year basketball season.
The pre-season developmental league games will be open to the public. The WUSBA draft occurs each season and will be the primary source from which WUSBA teams will build their rosters. WUSBADL team rosters will be made up of players from the draft of NCAA basketball players, European players, African players, Asian players, South American players and other local professional basketball players as well players who were on WUSBADL teams during the previous season. WUSBA allocated players, drafted players and local standout players will be invited to participate. Basketball players for WUSBADL teams will be required to sign an Independent Contractors Agreement with their respected teams.
WUSBADL team rosters consist of a total of 12 players and two coaches. The rosters will designed up in a way that will include players from the previous years, players taken in the WUSBA draft, allocation players (meaning players who have a local connection, such as a University of Indiana basketball player being placed on the Indianapolis Royal), WUSBA team assignments, and holding local tryouts.
WUSBADL players and coaches will be paid a weekly salary. Housing will be provided on a need basis. The minimum age to play in the WUSBA and the WUSBADL is 20 years old. The league will only accept basketball players who have played a minimum of two years in a college basketball program or who played for a foreign team. The league will not accept players right out of high school. WUSBADL local team offices will be located in the United States Sports Complex main atrium in each WUSBA city.
Golden Corral Buffet will continue realtionship with WUSBA; national vendor and sponsor agreement will be signed - Mar 31, 2012
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Atlanta, Ga. (March 31, 2012)---Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet and Bakery and the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) have agreed to continue to share an agreement to keep the restaurant as the official restaurant of the league during the league move to a national presence. The renewed multi-year partnership will affect all WUSBA basketball players and coaches. The restaurant has become the sole, buffet restaurant provider for all WUSBA teams nationwide [read more]
Atlanta, Ga. (March 31, 2012)---Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet and Bakery and the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) have agreed to continue to share an agreement to keep the restaurant as the official restaurant of the league during the league move to a national presence. The renewed multi-year partnership will affect all WUSBA basketball players and coaches. The restaurant has become the sole, buffet restaurant provider for all WUSBA teams nationwide.
WUSBA has made a move into women's basketball professional basketball landscape by approving the activation of 32 teams that will be located in 26 states and the District of Columbia.
This agreement enables Golden Corral to continue to play center court as the hub for the players and coaches to interact with the local fans as they support their hometown teams. The league will utilize the restaurants to feed players and coaches, while at home and when the team is on the road.
Golden Corral will supply gift cards to fans during all league home games. 'We will include the gift cards in our Game Day Give Away Promotions and our Half Time Promotions, the fans will love it.'
'Combining the nations leading buffet restaurants with the WUSBA will translate into an unprecedented collaboration, our players and coaches will be able to consume some great food in vast quantities and at the same time they'll be able to socialize with the fans, it was an easy fit us,' said Duane Jenkins, President, and C.E.O. of the Womens United States Basketball Association, Inc. 'My family eats at Golden Corral twice a month, my children and I love the ability to publicly gorge ourselves. The desert area is awesome.'
The WUSBA provides exciting, wholesome, athletic competition for young aspiring professional basketball players from around the world. Our new partnership with the WUSBA enables our restaurant to play a significant role in helping these young athletes maintain a healthy diet. Well enjoy watching these young people gorge themselves on our many great dishes,' said Ed Gleich, Golden Corral Vice President of Marketing, 'To tap into the local basketball sports market gives our company an opportunity to expand our customer base and to help maintain tremendous consumer appeal of the hometown team.'
Golden Corral is an American-Style restaurant chain that features a large buffet and grill offering numerous hot and cold items. The company is privately held and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Golden Corral was founded in 1973 and has 485 restaurants in 40 states. The company web address is www.goldencorral.com.
As a part of the compensation package, the WUSBA gives each player and coach a daily meal card redeemable at Golden Corral. 'This company has vast, universal appeal among all age groups and is a perfect brand association for the WUSBA because they are widely known for a sparkling clean environment, coupled with a huge variety of great selections and like the WUSBA their core audience consists mainly of families,' said Jenkins, 'The Golden Corral brand represents all-American fun, a sense of pride and connection with family and friends.' We want our players and coaches to eat healthy, even when they raid the Gummy Bear section in the ice cream topping area.
The Women's United States Basketball Association is a women's professional basketball association. The league will activate 32 teams which will begin in November 2015. The teams will be divided into two conferences, the Eastern and the Western. The league will have six divisions, the Southeast, the Central, the Atlantic, the Midwest, the Southwest and the Pacific. The basketball season runs from early November through mid April. The league provides an opportunity for young basketball players to showcase their skills to represent their city. The WUSBA was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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