The American Basketball Association features over 100 teams and 1,500 players during its regular season from November to March. This summer just 120 current ABA players will be nominated to enter the ABA Gold draft.
From that eligible pool, only 64 players will be selected to participate, bringing together the best crop of talent from the ABA since it return 18 years ago. Starting August 4th an elite selection of players from the largest professional sports league in the world will begin an eight week schedule and two weeks of playoffs. All games will take place in Las Vegas.
New Fast Paced Game Format
In the First To 50 format, games are won by the first team to reach 50 points or above while leading by two. ABA Gold is adopting this innovative format introduced by the ABA in exhibition play two years ago. A contest is typically decided in under one hour with rules designed to keep the game moving quickly.
First To 50 rules are very similar to the standard format game. It is the same 5 on 5 basketball we all love, but designed to be more of a race than the marathon of a 48 minute game.
ABA Gold Draft Nominees Include
Port City Tornados
La Crosse Showtime
About The American Basketball Association
The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a men’s professional basketball league. The league has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world!
In 1999 Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham founded the league. It is the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976. Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc.
The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976 [New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets]. Some of the ABA notable players where: Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Moses Malone along with, many others that came to be NBA players.
The ABA was reformed in 2000 in partnership with the NBA and has been operating in harmony for the past 16 years.
The team uniforms for the Vegas Eight have been revealed! The Vegas Eight are eight teams representing cities across America in the first ABA Gold season starting this August in Las Vegas. ABA Gold will consist of eight teams each with eight players...
Eight Cities Will Represent ABA Gold Teams
*All games will be in Las Vegas