FBA ANNOUNCES INTENTIONS TO PLAY IN 2020

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(Orlando, FL) – Despite challenges from the worldwide pandemic, the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) intends to play a season in 2020.

Over the past several weeks, the FBA Board of Governors and Board of Directors have outlined a variety of scenarios regarding hosting a season in spite of the complexities caused by Covid-19. Two very specific goals have been firmly established:

  1. The FBA will make every attempt to host a season, if at all possible, in 2020 regardless of how delayed it might be.
  2.  To aid with logistical challenges and the unknowns health concerns, the entire 2020 FBA season will take place in one centralized yet to be named location in Florida.

In preparation for this contingency plan, the league has made the appropriate adjustments and investments to salvage the 2020 season while also enhancing the quality and production of FBA games. With the unlikelihood of fans being willing or able to attend large gatherings, all games from the centralized location will be streamed Live for the public.

“In this challenging time, we see this as an opportunity for innovation, particularly in terms of the minor league basketball industry,” said Greg Kite, Commissioner of the FBA. “Centralizing to one location gives us an economic approach to streaming every game live, allowing us to show more of the public just how talented and entertaining the FBA product really is.”

In addition to season logistics, the FBA is also wrestling with a formidable plan to ensure the safety and health of all participants. Both Commissioner Kite and FBA Chairman and CEO Mark King have been consulting with health officials, doctors and city leaders to establish appropriate safety measures for all participants.

“The well-being of all participants is our biggest focus right now,” said King. “We must be confident and take the proper precautions to keep our players, referees and staff out of harm’s way. Based on what we’ve learned thus far, we feel very confident that we can implement the appropriate measures to provide a safe environment for everyone.”

While the season will start without fans in attendance, the league has not ruled out the possibility of having games in each team’s respective markets towards the end of the season.

“Formulating a proper, credible, high-quality broadcasting plan and capturing commercial advertising revenue has always been a part of our 10 year plan,” said Kite. “We had already invested in the technology and equipment to undertake this goal before the pandemic. Centralizing to one location was not originally part of that plan, but it definitely helps us logistically.”

While a specified location has been selected, an announcement will remain forthcoming until the plan has been all the way finalized. The start date has been tentatively set for late July, with games being held on the weekends.

“We’ve got a great business model for minor league basketball,” said King. “Some people were overly critical with our innovative approach in 2012, asserting our geographic state model was not sustainable. Ironically, that same approach has proven to be quite advantageous right now, making us far more capable to host a season while most other leagues, including the Euroleague, have either remained in hiatus or thrown in the towel for 2020.”

In conjunction with this announcement, FBA officials, including Kite and King, intend to host a Facebook Live session to further elaborate and field questions from the public. For more information, visit www.thefba.com or follow the league on social media platforms to stay up to date.

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 WELCOMES 2020 BREVARD BOBCATS EXPANSION TEAM

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) announces the addition of the Brevard Bobcats of Melbourne, Florida as a new expansion team for the upcoming 2020 season. The Bobcats will be owned by Meenyus Miller, Jr., a young entrepreneur and resident of Palm Bay, Florida.

The Bobcats are the second expansion team to be announced for the 2020 season. Earlier this week, the approval of the Gainesville Mighty Oaks was also announced.

“The planning and preparation already done by Mr. Miller was very impressive,” said Greg Kite, Commissioner of the FBA. “We’ve developed a strong following over the years for the FBA in Brevard County, and we look forward to seeing that tradition carry on with the Bobcats.”

“I’ve been watching the growth of the FBA for 5 years,” said Miller. “The FBA has changed the trajectory of opportunities for basketball players in Florida. I feel blessed nd honored to have been given this opportunity to build something that will enhance my community on multiple levels.”

Next steps for the Bobcats include finalizing their venue and building an inaugural roster, both of which have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information about the Bobcats, email Mmillerjr@brevardbobcats.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 APPROVES GAINESVILLE MIGHTY OAKS FOR 2020 EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved the Gainesville Mighty Oaks of Gainesville, Florida as an expansion team for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Mighty Oaks will be owned by David Smith, a veteran to minor league sports. Smith, a minority partner for the Twin City Cyclones of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), worked as a scout for the Brooklyn Aviators and Augusta Riverhawks. He remains a Head Scout for the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FHL).

 

The Mighty Oaks are one of two expansion teams joining the FBA for the 2020 season. FBA Commissioner Greg Kite heralded the city of Gainesville as a top tier prospective city for FBA growth.

“Gainesville has a rich basketball history,” said Kite. “The Mighty Oaks will provide a nice landing spot not only for the University of Florida, but also for Santa Fe college players seeking to continue playing basketball professionally.”

As with all FBA teams, the Mighty Oaks will use a mix of sports agents, scouting, recruiting and open tryouts to build their roster for their inaugural season. The team plans to host a free, open tryout after the restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted.

“I was instantly impressed with Commissioner Kite and the growth, direction and sustainability of the FBA business model,” said Smith. “I’m excited to become a member team, and looking forward to bringing a fun, high-quality, affordable basketball entertainment product to the good people of Alachua County.”

The free tryout event is tentatively scheduled for June 7th from 2-6pm at the Legacy Park Multipurpose Center located in Alachua, Florida, pending updates from officials monitoring COVID-19 protocol. Interested players can email GainesvilleMightyOaks@gmail.com, call 206-304-3332, or message the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Gainesville-Mighty-Oaks.

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.