Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com
today announced that it will return next season to Indianapolis, IN, the birthplace of the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "This is long overdue. We did have a team in Indianapolis during the first two years of the new ABA and it was one of the most successful teams in terms of attendance. The team had a huge following. Unfortunately, the business model of the league at that time did not justify continuing the operations. With the new ABA business model, if the new owners can duplicate the success of that team, and there is no reason they cannot do that, Indianapolis will again be one of the great ABA cities. We are very excited about the return of the ABA to Indianapolis and are very excited about this ownership group. Talk about experience - they are outstanding in every way."
The ownership group of the Indianapolis Drive will be led by Speedway, Indiana native Tim Hicks, a graduate of Ben Davis High School. Tim is the owner of VIP Management and Talent Agency, a company he founded in 1990 with his first client being NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. His firm also manages fan clubs for former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits and Indianapolis 500 Mile race winner Al Unser. Tim has worked with Penske Racing, the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Ice, Indiana Twister professional soccer, Racing Professionals Indy car racing team and owns GodSpeed Co Marketing, Hicks Management Company, Public Relations Professional and WIN West Indy Network.
"Joe and I have known one another for many years," stated Hicks. "I worked closely with him in the early days of the ABA and the Indiana team. I know the league and what it takes to be successful. The time is right. There is no other professional sports league like the ABA. The history of the league is second to none, and now, with all of the new teams and ease of travel, unique rules, plus ABA Global, I cannot see why we will be anything but very successful."
"Our goal is to load the team with players from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Ball State, IUPUI, Marian, Indiana State, Manchester, Hanover, Evansville, Notre Dame and other great area schools," continued Hicks. "We will be local, we will be competitive, you can bank on that. And, one other thing, we are not going to charge the city of Indianapolis $15 million dollars a year for the right to see exciting, fun-filled, high scoring professional basketball at affordable prices. Like Tony George at the Indianapolis Speedway, we will not be a burden to the taxpayers." For more information, call 317 294 0909, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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