THE HISTORY OF 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 20 years.
In 2005, Marsha became the first African American woman to own a men’s professional basketball team, when she purchased the Newark Express (Jersey Express) in the historic American Basketball Association (ABA). Marsha’s team is currently the oldest team in the ABA.
In 2017, Marsha became the Founder and CEO of the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA). The WABA is the sister league of the ABA. The league’s inaugural season launched in 2017 with seven teams. The league continues to grow, providing ownership opportunities and additional opportunities for players, coaches, officials and operation staff.
Marsha Blount, CEOWABA
Womens American Basketball Association