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ABA announces league playoff structure

February 18, 2004 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Kansas City, MO- Jim Clark ABA CEO, today announced that the professional basketball league’s playoff will be held on March 4th and 6th in Juárez México and finals in Long Beach, California on March 9th, 2004. ¨We are excited to have our playoffs start in Juárez, México and having every game televised and with packed arenas for our international audience¨.

¨The ABA has made remarkable progress during this season, with high profile publicity from Master P, ¨Jellybean¨ Bryant and Dennis Rodman. The league has recently announced a major expansion program that will bring our fast-paced brand of exciting professional basketball to many new communities next season. The playoffs will be a terrific exclamation point to what has been a thrilling season¨ stated Clark.

¨In addition, the Juárez franchise has had a remarkable season and clearly demonstrated the high level of play and wide acceptance of the ABA on an international basis¨, Clark continued ¨We are one of the first professional basketball leagues to host a worldwide playoff-and Juárez will be a great place to start the tradition¨.

Rafael Fitzmaurice, owner the Gallos de Pelea team stated ¨We are proud to have chosen to host the quarter-finals and semifinals of the ABA Championships. Our organization, working with the ABA office, will make this an exciting fun-filled event with both fast-paced affordable professional basketball. In addition, the games will be televised so all ABA markets will a hava an opportunity to experience these great games¨.

Clark continued, ¨This season-every tema in the ABA has a chance to win the Championship. Currently the Long Beach Jam and Kansas City Knights are battling for first place, making every ABA game from first place to last place extremely important. While some records are better than others, most games have gone down to the last few minutes. The entire playoffs should be a great showcase for our fast-paced exiting brand of play. Additional details on the format and brackets will be announced the next week¨.

Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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