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WUSBA reorganizes; unreliable commitments from colleges and universities prompt bold new move - Mar 4, 2012


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Atlanta, Ga. (March 4, 2012) --- 'Its time to put the hotdogs back in the fridge, put away the Chuck Taylors and turn off the popcorn popper', said WUSBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today announced that they will continue to pursue womens basketball, only in a new direction. This new women's professional basketball league was scheduled to begin play on April 11, 2012, however, nine of the league seventeen venues have not supplied final game dates to the league. 'It's March 4th and we are stymied by the lack of cooperation we have received from our vendors. Imagine, we are paying them and I can't even get most of them to return my repeated phone calls.' The league had settled on seventeen teams, down from the original intention of twenty teams. The season was set to begin on March 17, 2012, when teams were to report to camp. The regular season was to begin play on April 11, 2012.

'Timing is everything, particularly in this business and I am frustrated at the lack of response from these bureaucrats'. After eighteen months of planning it now appears the league is embarking on a new direction. 'I'm sick and tired of begging these people to take my money', said Jenkins. 'We will start anew with the construction of our own arenas. 'With the position of the WNBA, which will not do business with us, its time to initiate our ultimate plan. The primary goal of the WUSBA is to assist basketball players in an effort to help them reach the top level in professional basketball. Our investors have approved the go ahead for us to make this new beginning and we are headed to a head to head confrontation with one of the most powerful companies on the planet.'

It is well known that the WNBA has twelve teams and that six of these teams are owned by the WNBA. 'Why they dont expand is beyond me', said Jenkins. 'The voices I have heard from our women basketball players is that is not fair to only select 10 or 12 players annually. If this is their choice then we can and will fill in the void.'

The WUSBA is facing an uphill challenge in that the enormous wealth of the NBA could come to bear against this fledgling league. 'I have a tremendous amount of respect for the WNBA and the NBA, I grew up glued to the television on Sunday afternoons watching Willis Reed go toe to toe with Wilt, Wes and Mr. Russell, however, this is not about the NBA or the WNBA for that matter, this is about the WUSBA controlling their own destiny and we can never do that by continuing to approach these colleges and high schools, year in and year out, with our hat in hand', said Jenkins.

The WUSBA had sent all college's, arena rental proposals in late September 2011. As of March 4, 2012, the league reported that only seven arenas had supplied confirmed rental dates. 'Its one thing to give us permission to rent a gymnasium; its clearly another thing to secure actual dates. We realize that the schools have too much on their plate and there may be only so much space and time available for an outside entity such as ourselves, I just wished that they would have informed us in November instead of waiting till the last minute to drop the bomb on us, it makes us look bad and the players are disappointed.'

The following is what the WUSBA supplied to verify their report.

Mobile Spirit - Jaguar Gymnasium on the campus of University of South Alabama was reduced in size from a seating capacity of 2500 to just over 1200. The Physical Education Department acquired the rights to the gym and turned it in to a volleyball arena. There is now seating on only one side of the gym. The league was informed in the middle of January of the reconfiguration. South Alabama was not aware of the leagues seating capacity requirements.

Winston Salem Cardinals - Winston Salem State University reneged on an agreement to rent the C.E. Gaines Center to the WUSBA. The league was informed of their decision in late January. The WUSBA sent a rental proposal to the school in early October 2011. It was reported that a conflict flared up and the WUSBA cancelled the team. 'The Athletic Director stated if we wanted to make him give us the gym, we need to call the Governor of North Carolina, If she said it was O.K., and then he would give us the C.E. Gaines Center.' 'Imagine the nerve on this guy, he thinks he owns the gym, he's wrong the taxowns the gym. I should call the Governor and report his arrogant behavior.'

Macon Storm - Mercer University could not give a final approval to the WUSBA. The league needed a final yes or no and Mercer University had not decided on the disposition as to date.

Tallahassee Cypress - Michael Smith of Florida A & M University gave the WUSBA permission to rent the Gaither Gymnasium in October 2011, as of March 3, 2012, the league has not received final game dates. 'The university has problems with the hazing incident, however, it should have nothing to do with raising additional revenue and our league.'

Chattanooga Royal - The WUSBA received permission to rent the McGillivray Gymnasium on the campus of Tennessee Temple University. The university parted company with the acting Athletic Director, Jeff Rector, who made the original approval. The school has a new president and a new staff and they refused to honor the previous administrations approval. 'We even offered to repair their leaky roof in the gym and they still balked.'

Birmingham Starz - Darren Hudson, principal, George Washington Carver High School was contacted by the WUSBA in late September 2011. He was reported to have ignored the suggestion of the administration of Birmingham City School, to allow the WUSBA to rent the school. Birmingham City Schools gave the WUSBA permission to rent Carver, only to meet resistance from Hudson. 'Jefferson County was on the verge of bankruptcy and we were willing to pay them cash money and Hudson wouldnt even return my calls, he had his secretary send me an email on March 2.'

'Great customer service. This list goes on and on, its ridiculous to reject giving the WUSBA and these women a place to play. '

The league announces the following teams. The leagues basketball season will run from November 2015 through April 2016. We will play basketball when basketball is traditionally played.

The Southeast Division will house the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Starz, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Miami Surf, the Columbia Breeze and the Tampa Bay Galaxy.

The Southwest Division will field the Denver Capitals, the Dallas Dynasty, the Houston Ice Wave, the Kansas City Blaze, the Las Vegas Flash and the New Orleans Privateers.

The Northeast Division will consist of the Baltimore Bay Hawks, the Boston Colonials, the New York Blizzard, the Philadelphia Legend, the Pittsburgh Lightning and the Washington Congressional.

The Central Division will send to court the Chicago Cagerz, the Cincinnati Raging River, the Indianapolis Royal, the Minneapolis Reign, the Memphis River Hawks and the Saint Louis Silver.

The Western Division will offer the Los Angeles Dynamo, the Phoenix Swarm, the Portland Express, the San Diego Aces, the San Francisco Jam and the Seattle Emerald.

The complete 2015 schedule will become available to the public on January 15, 2015.

The WUSBA originated in January 2010. The league was born out of an effort to expand womens professional basketball in the United States. The WUSBA initial efforts were stalled for previous seasons, when a series of conflicts in booking dates and the discovery of no air conditioning in a number of arenas arose came to light in the beginning of last summer. 'Hey, we are grateful for this new opportunity to continue to allow us to build our own gymnasiums, now its time to play some basketball', said Jenkins. Jenkins made the decision to continue efforts behind the activation of the WUSBA. The decision to postpone again the opening of the WUSBA was not an easy one to make; there are critics who will blast me for this decision; however after every forest fire, new life assuredly flourishes', said Jenkins. 'The WUSBA is now ready. Construction will begin in early 2014. Site locations have already begun.

The league will begin with 30 teams spread throughout the United States. Each team will play a 66 game regular season followed by regulation playoff series and a mid season All Star game. We will play during normal basketball season and owning our own arenas will permit the WUSBA to finally establish ourselves as a solid business model, with a secure focus on our future, said Jenkins.

The WUSBA team rosters will be selected from the best basketball players from around the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico and Central and South America. 'I'm very comfortable with our new direction and in the leagues success,' said Jenkins.

The league will continue its community partnership programs. 'I feel we can make a real impact on the game of basketball and the local charitable organizations in each of our teams cities.' The league has ties with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club of America and local churches. During previous holiday seasons, the WUSBA enlisted the help of the Feeding America and the U.S.M.C. to conduct a series of basketball games to collect toys, clothing and food for the needy. According to reports filed, seven cities held games in previous years. The WUSBA gave away prizes to fans that contributed toys, clothing and food. 'The WUSBA will make the same commitment to the communities and give them aid via the programs we created.' said Jenkins.


  



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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]
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Appalachian Div.
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 2. Knoxville R. 0-0 
 3. Nashville T. 0-0 
 4. W.Virginia C. 0-0 
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