JACKSONVILLE’S SOUTHEAST ROYALS TO JOIN FBA FOR 2017

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will add the Southeast Royals out of Jacksonville, Florida for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Royals were a member of the upstart Elite International Basketball Association (EIBA) in 2016. Motivated by the lack of EIBA teams being in close proximity, the team began pursuing alternative options. After a friendly exhibition with the FBA’s Florida Flight, their transition to joining the FBA began.

“Playing in a Florida-based league made the most business sense for us,” said Lena Richardson, Owner of the Royals. “The vision and direction of the FBA, coupled by a 5 year track record of success made this decision very easy.”

“We’re excited to have FBA representation in Jacksonville, one of the biggest cities in Florida,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “Bringing in a team that you’ve already seen play is very helpful. We know the Royals will put forth a competitive product on the floor, and that’s great for our league.”

The Royals first official FBA game will be Saturday, February 11th on the road in Orlando against the Florida Flight. Their first home game will be on February 18th against another 2017 addition, the Bradenton Gym Ratz.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA ADDS BRADENTON GYMRATZ FOR 2017

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Bradenton Gym Ratz for the upcoming 2017 season.

The GymRatz, formerly of the North American Basketball League (NABL), are owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Daryl and Tammy Johnson. The team plays their home games at The Center of Anna Maria Island.

“We’re excited about adding another Bay area team to the FBA,” said Commissioner Greg Kite. “Our visions are like-minded, and with additional interests in the region, this is a perfect fit for all parties involved.”

The GymRatz, whose closest opponent in the NABL was 6 hours away, welcome the transition to the Florida-based FBA, where their farthest opponent is less than a 4 hour commute by vehicle.

“I’m ecstatic to join a league with a successful history,” said Daryl Johnson. “Our move to the FBA is the culmination of months of conversations with FBA CEO Mark King. I believe in the leadership of the FBA, and we look forward to competing in the upcoming 2017 season.”

The GymRatz were on hand with other FBA team owners examining talent at the latest National Basketball League of Canada combine that took place in Orlando, FL on August 21st. The newly revamped website will relaunch in the coming weeks, after transitions are made to make them a fully branded FBA team. Until then, the team can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

SPACE COAST STARS JOIN FBA FOR 2016

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Space Coast Stars for the upcoming 2016 season.

“It is with great excitement that we announce the formation of the Space Coast Stars,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “Brevard has a history of being a great market for the level of basketball that the FBA brings. We’re excited to have an FBA team here to carry on that tradition.”

The team will be owned by an investment group led by Corey Williams, a former player for the FBA’s Florida Flight (Orlando). They will call Bethany Christian School in Melbourne, Florida home for the 2016 season, where Williams is also the head coach of the varsity basketball team.

“Growing up, I never dreamed I’d be an owner of my own minor league basketball team,” said Williams. “This is such a blessing.”

The team has already established a partnership with the Brevard School Board. Stars players will be volunteering with the Brevard after-school programs across the community. In return, the School Board has agreed to promote the team and share game schedules and other media information on all of their platforms.

“Williams has garnered the endorsement of every FBA team owner,” continued Kite. “The FBA Board of Directors will collectively share insight and feedback to ensure Williams puts together a team that fits the standard of excellence people have come to expect from an FBA team.”

Mark King, Owner of the Florida Flight, shared in Williams’ excitement.

“Seeing one of your players grow from being a player to an owner is very gratifying,” said King. “Corey is a very talented player, but was also very coach-able. I’ve given him my blessing, and assured him that I’d be with him every step of the way to make sure he succeeds.”

When asked about expectations, Williams was both optimistic and realistic.

“Expectations? Progress not perfection,” said Williams. “There’s a lot of talent on the Space Coast, but the FBA is very competitive. It’s a level of basketball that will likely catch some of the players by surprise. I’m excited to bring a level of basketball entertainment to Melbourne that the fans can get excited about.”

The Stars will be announcing their tryouts, which will be held at Bethany Christian School, within the next week. For more information, email spacecoaststarsbasketball@gmail.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA Finals Set, But Not Without Controversy

2015 FBA Championship(Orlando, FL) – While the Miami Midnites continued their undefeated run in their semifinal match-up, the final result of the August 8 Palm Beach Knights/Heartland Prowl took an unexpected twist.

The Midnites closed the casket on a disappointing Florida Flight 2015 season defeating them 142-108. They now take a 13-0 record into the championship game. Their opponent remained in doubt well into the night.

On the court, the Prowl defeated the Knights 129-120 in front of their hometown crowd in Lake Wales, Florida. While the celebration began for the Prowl, the Knights made a call to the league office to protest the results.

“It was brought to our attention that the Prowl allowed ineligible players to participate in the playoff game,” commented Commissioner Greg Kite.

Per the FBA Operations Manual, only players that have participated in a minimum of two regular season games are eligible to compete in the playoffs, a rule established to prevent teams from stacking up talent solely to win a championship. The penalty of non-compliance with the mandated player eligibility rule is a forfeit. After careful deliberation, commissioner Kite could come to only one conclusion: the result affords the Palm Beach Knights the opportunity to compete in their first-ever FBA Championship game.

A disappointed Cornell Young, Owner and Head Coach of the Prowl, declared the violation an innocent attempt to avoid violating another FBA mandated rule. “Playing solely in the summertime brings us a lot of challenges from a player personnel standpoint,” he said. “Every summer our players wrestle with opportunities to play in cash tournaments, Exposure Combines, and other Pro-am leagues that often bring current and retired NBA players. With the Tampa Pro-am going on, I was concerned I would not have eight players to field in the game, so I did what I thought was the right thing to avoid violating the eight-player minimum rule.”

The FBA Operations Manual sets a high level standard to ensure that each game provides a professional image and feel for their paying fans. One of those standards is a rule that requires each team to field a minimum of eight players and no more than 12 for every official game.

Leroy Spruill, Co-Owner of the Palm Beach Knights, was relieved to receive the final verdict and decision to award the Knights the opportunity to play for the Championship. “Of course you’d prefer to win without the drama, but rules are rules,” Spruill said. “We have always made it our primary focus to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the FBA. Based on those rules, our players deserve to play for this FBA Championship this year.”

This will be the first-ever Championship game for the Knights, who have their work cut out for them, as they square off against the undefeated Midnites, a team that is 23-1 thus far in their two-year history in the FBA. The Knights-Midnites historical record is 0-7.

This season’s FBA Championship game will take place on Sunday, August 16th at the Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, located at Ives State Park, 20901 NE 16th Ave, Miami, FL. Game time is slated for 5:00pm.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: BRANDON DAVIS (Mexico) – February 1, 2015

Davis Mexico 2Since arriving here in Mexico on September 15th, 2014, my experience has been great. The city is huge and beautiful. It is funny at times, because when I go to the mall or out in public, people stare and sometimes ask for photos.

As far as basketball goes, it has been a wonderful and life changing experience. It has opened my eyes in ways of seeing what I need to improve on, also, learning how to stay strong and keep my composure when things don’t go my way. The competition is very intense night in and night out but I love it.

Next game is Saturday January 31st and we will be traveling to play against Pioneros in Cancun, so it should be tough but an exciting game.

Currently I am one of the top scorers in the League at 21.8 ppg, and #1 in 3 point shooting, and I have been selected to participate in this year’s All Star Game. I am very grateful and thankful for this blessing but I know it doesn’t stop here and I have to continue to work at my profession.

Big thanks to Coach Fernando Rojas and the Tampa Bay Rebels organization. Also, a special thank you to the Commissioner Greg Kite and the FBA for allowing me to showcase my talent and take my game to the next level.

MARION COUNTY SHOWTIME STALLIONS TO PLAY PALM BEACH KNIGHTS AT AMWAY CENTER

STALLIONS V KNIGHTS(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will welcome their newest team, the Marion County Showtime Stallions, in grandiose fashion this week by scheduling an exhibition against the Palm Beach Knights at Orlando’s Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

The contest, an exhibition event scheduled for January 29th, will be the first official FBA game for Marion County. The two teams will take to the NBA floor immediately after the Orlando Magic host the Milwaukee Bucks that same evening.

The contest was organized by Mark King, Owner and Head Coach of the Orlando based Florida Flight, who saw an opportunity to enhance the brand awareness and image of the FBA.

“We’ve developed a solid relationship with the Magic as of late,” said King. “I saw this as a great way to introduce Marion County to the FBA, and kick off our 4th season in a big way.”

Both teams are bringing with them a caravan of fans for the event. The Stallions crowd of support will also include a couple of Milwaukee Bucks players, one of which will be John Henson, whose brother, Patrick, plays for the Stallions.

Fans who purchased tickets can also enjoy the Magic vs. Bucks game slated for 7:00pm. The FBA contest will begin shortly after the completion of that game.

For more information, please visit www.showtimebasketballinc.com or www.thefba.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

MARION COUNTY-BASED TEAM JOINS FBA FOR 2015

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Marion County Showtime Stallions, a team based in Marion County, Florida for the upcoming 2015 season.

The team will be owned by the husband and wife team of Chris and Trang Williams, owners of Go Showtime Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company based in California. Mr. Williams, who played 13 professional seasons in the Philippines Basketball Association, also played briefly for the NBA’s Utah Jazz in 2009.

“The Showtime Stallions fits well with our plans for FBA expansion,” said Commissioner Greg Kite. “Ocala is an untapped market for minor league basketball, and we anticipate a strong following and support from the Marion County fans and media.”

The team will play their first game as an official member of the FBA in Orlando on January 29th. The Stallions will square off against the Palm Beach Knights at the illustrious Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. The teams will play an exhibition game directly after the Magic play the Milwaukee Bucks.

“My wife and I are very excited to be a part of The Florida Basketball Association,” said Mr. Williams. “We look forward to not only bringing quality professional basketball product to Marion County, but also building a strong future for minor league basketball here in the state of Florida.”

For more information, please visit www.showtimebasketballinc.com or www.thefba.com.

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The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.