Amerian 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 were: 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 ABA Game Rules

  • The ABA season runs from November through April (including playoffs).
  • Teams are community-driven, with a focus on giving back to their communities.
  • The ABA has unique rules that allow for a faster pace leading to a higher scoring and more exciting event.
    • Guard driven league results in 48 minutes of high paced action
    • Half-Court violation: the ABA is 7 seconds as opposed to 8 seconds in the NBA to get across the half-court line. If an ABA team is not successful in getting over the half-court line within 7 seconds, it results in a turnover, which initiates the 3D light
    • When the 3D Light is on: 2 pt. shots = 3 pts. | 3 pt. shots = 4 pts. | a half-court shot = 5 pts.
    • (6) Six Fouls lead to a technical foul, and the ball | a player in the ABA cannot foul out of the game, but after six fouls, it results in a technical, and the opposing team gets the ball. The team that has the player with six fouls has the choice to keep that player in the game or take him out due to the fact that if he fouls again, they will receive not only the foul but also a technical foul.

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