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ABA adds Lexington, Kentucky to 2009 expansion list

January 12, 2009 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it would add a team in Lexington, Kentucky starting next season. "Lexington is one of the great basketball cities in the US with a tremendous tradition of the highest quality basketball," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "We are very pleased and proud to be there; it certainly fits beautifully into our division and the competition should be great. And we have a fabulous owner in Tony Chase, who will serve as the GM also. He has coached basketball on a youth level in Lexington for quite sometime and graduated from the University of Kentucky where the team won the NCAA Championship in 77/78 with Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, James Lee, Rick Robey and Mike Phillips. His knowledge of basketball and business is perfect - we believe he will do very well on and off the court."

Anthony Chase has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years with fifteen of them being in the hospice sector. After graduation from UK, he want to work for the University of Kentucky Medical Center and in 1988 started his own pharmacy, Chase Corner Pharmacy. In 1995, he co-founded and became CEO of ExtendaCare, Inc., a chain of long-term care facilities. In March 2002, he formed Covenant Hospice LLC which joint ventures in long-term care facilities. "While healthcare is my vocation, my avocation has been basketball," stated Chase. "I was a childhood fan of the Kentucky Colonels in the original ABA and have wanted to own and operate a professional basketball team. Lexington is a great city and the Kentucky basketball talent is tremendous. We'll do everything we can to make it successful." Mr. Chase is married to Kathy Chase and they and their two sons live in Lexington, Kentucky. The team will be owned by Bluegrass Stallions, LLC. For more information, email [email protected] or call 859 312 3595 or visit A new team website will be announced shortly.

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