WINDERMERE UP NEXT FOR FBA EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for the Windermere Rain, the second of three expansion teams being added for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will be led by Andrew Haas, the former General Manager of the Florida Flight. In his time with the Flight, Haas was involved with everything from sports management, corporate relationships, social media marketing, player coaching and development. He’s also assisted in generating strategic relationships with both domestic and international teams.

“Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time with the Florida Flight,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “He’s had the benefit of seeing what works and what doesn’t in the central Florida area, and those experiences should help this team to find an accelerated path towards success.”

The Rain will play their home games at Windermere Preparatory School, a 12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m super excited to transition from executive to owner. It has always been a huge dream of mine to own my own professional basketball team,” said Haas. “I know the challenges that lie ahead, but I feel confident that with my experience over the last 10 years, we’ll be able to bring something new and exciting to the Windermere community.”

The upcoming FBA season will begin in March of 2018. Tryouts for the Rain will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@windermererain.com, visit their website at www.windermererain.com, follow the team on Facebook (@WindermereRainProBasketballClub), or visit the FBA website at http://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.

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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL COMING TO POINCIANA

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for an expansion team to call the community of Poinciana their official home for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will call themselves the Poinciana Pride, and will play at the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center, a newly developed 16,000 square foot venue that boasts a gym, fitness room, an outdoor fitness trail circling a pond, and a multi-use lawn for other sports and outdoor activities.

The team’s ownership group will include local Osceola County natives Dimas Cintron and Gregory St. Remy, both former professional basketball players with FBA’s Florida Flight (Orlando), one of the longest standing active minor league basketball teams in the country. Mark King, the Chief Executive Officer of the FBA and also owner of the Florida Flight (Orlando), will also assist with the launch.

FBA Commissioner Greg Kite, a 2-time NBA Champion that spent 5 seasons with the Orlando Magic, heralded Poinciana as the ideal market for minor league basketball.

 

“Minor league basketball has always done well in communities like Poinciana,” said Kite. “There’s a lot of pride in having a pro team to call your own. Economically, bringing in other professional teams will definitely provide an additional financial boost for the small businesses. From a community standpoint, giving the kids some local professional athletes to look up to will have such a positive impact on the future of the community. We anticipate this team being well received and supported by the entire community.”

Cintron, who is a resident of the Poinciana community, is excited to bring a pro team to his hometown.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of the leadership group that is bringing a professional basketball team to my home town of Poinciana,” said Cintron. “We are going to build something that this community can be proud of. We love the game of basketball here, and we look forward to using the platform of professional basketball to make a difference in the lives of others, especially the kids.”

The team will use a mixture of scouting, recruitment and local tryouts to assemble their inaugural roster. They will begin play in the 2018 FBA season. Opportunities to tryout for the team, an official logo and  website will be unveiled and announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@poincianapride.com, follow the team on Facebook (@PoincianaPride), or visit the FBA website at http://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.

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.

TAMPA BAY REBELS WITHDRAW FROM THE FBA

(Orlando, FL) – Effective October 6, 2014, the Tampa Bay Rebels, a founding member team of the Florid Basketball Association (FBA), has announced their departure from the league.

In a statement announcing the decision, Rebels’ Owner and Head Coach Fernando Rojas cited an inability to properly operate the team going forward.

Rojas explained, “Making this decision has been an extremely difficult process. Changes in my company will not allow me to invest the time needed to properly train and manage the team.”

The Rebels enjoyed much success in the FBA, playing in the championship game for each of their 3 years of competition. They won the first ever FBA championship in 2010.

“While our vision is to be a league with longstanding teams, it is more important that we have team leaders who are confident in their ability to perform at a high level,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “We applaud the Rebels for making this tough decision, and wish him and his staff the very best in their future endeavors.”

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 career in professional basketball.

FBA TEAMS ANNOUNCED; 2014 SEASON SCHEDULE RELEASED

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Regular Season Schedule.

The league will return all four of their inaugural FBA teams and include a new, yet to be named Miami-based expansion team.

The FBA season will kick off Saturday, May 10th, with a 2013 championship rematch between the defending champion Heartland Prowl and the 2012 Champion Tampa Bay Rebels in Lake Wales, Florida. The Florida Flight will also take an east coast swing to Palm Beach and Miami for a doubleheader weekend.

The season will again be comprised of 12 regular season games for each team. It will also include an FBA All-Star Game to be played at the end of the season. In addition to the All-Star Game, festivities will include a 3-point shootout and a slam-dunk contest.

“We’re excited to show growth as we enter our 3rd season with the addition of a team in Miami,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “The FBA brand is being built on the quality, not quantity of teams in our league. Our steady, deliberate progression confirms our commitment to that vision.”

The regular season ends on Sunday, July 27, with the playoffs beginning the following weekend.

For a complete schedule, please visit 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.