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ABA expands to Monterrey, Mexico

May 4, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release


Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that there will be a second Mexican team in the ABA starting in November - in Monterrey, Mexico.

According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "Basketball in Mexico is very popular. The Mexican League (LNBP) which plays in the spring and summer is very successful as are the ABA Tijuana Dragons. It is only natural that top quality professional basketball continues there in the fall and winter - and we have a very good ownership group ready to go, an ownership group with tremendous experience in both business and basketball."

The owners will include Carlos Thomas, a professional basketball player who has played in the ABA; Hugo Diaz, the owner of Las Cruces Golf Club in Monterrey; Alfred Gonzalez, a marketing and communications executive who also is in the synthetic glass distribution business and a known sports broadcaster; Roberto Mayer, an executive at Vitro, a Mexican glass distributor and Salvador Thomas, also in the glass distribution business in northern Mexico.

Carlos Thomas stated, "We like the ABA very much. The rules make it a very exciting league and our fans will enjoy it and enjoy seeing teams from the U.S. coming here to play. And we know that our fans will enjoy the 4000 seat Technologico of Monterrey Gym. I promise that we'll have a strong and competitive team." For more information, email cholo_thomas@hotmail.com or rmayer@vitro.com or visit www.abalive.com. Additional details will be forthcoming.

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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