Tired of the Bucks? How about the Milwaukee Blast?
While all of us were immersed in Super Bowl fever, a new professional sports team was born in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Blast, newest members of the American Basketball Association, will begin play in late November or early December, according to Joe Newman, the ABA's ceo, and Elzie Flenard, the Waukesha businessman who is the Blast's owner.
The ABA is decidedly minor league, but is proud of it. Newman said Flenard paid $10,000 as a licensing fee, and "I financed it," Newman said.
Newman said the league's goal is to provide a fan-friendly, affordable game to basketball fans. Ticket prices are in the $10 range.
As for Flenard, he said in an interview Tuesday that his team will play its games at Wisconsin Lutheran College. A spokesman for the school could not be reached for comment.
"I've always been interested in owning a team," Flenard said. "It is the right time."
Flenard said tryouts for the team - the ABA likes its teams to find local players - will be held March 12. Ten players will be picked, along with 10 alternates.
Newman said each team has a $120,000 salary cap for 12 players.
The ABA now has 60 teams around the country, in large markets and small. Newman said he hoped to expand to as many as 100 teams next year.