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.
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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