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ABA to play this season in Tucson, Arizona

June 5, 2007 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it would begin play this fall in Tucson, Arizona under the leadership of Steve Moss-Kelley. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "We had originally intended to begin in 2008, but Steve has put together an excellent organization for his spring/summer team in Phoenix and was ready to play this fall. It fits very well with the division and we are sure that the rivalry with the Phoenix Phantoms will be a good one."

Phoenix-native Steve Moss-Kelly is an alumnus of Brophy College Prep and Bowie State University. He is a veteran of many professional basketball leagues, both domestic and overseas and has played in Kosovo, Portugal, China, Germany and Chile. "I have played all over the world with a lot of different teams and players and the connection with the fans will be incredible in the ABA," said Moss-Kelley.

Moss-Kelley is the owner of a sports agency called One Time Sports that places players primarily in Europe. He is joined by partners Brett and Demo McNeal of McNeal and McNeal Investments as well as Arthur Lewis, Jr., owner of A1 Basketball Skills Training. All have been deeply involved in basketball either by playing it or on the corporate side.

"I believe the people of Tucson will embrace the ABA for several reasons. People in this community love up-tempo basketball and that is what the ABA is all about," stated Moss-Kelley. "Also, the fans will really be able to connect with the players because we will feature some local guys, and teams in this league really try to be accessible to the fans. We are going to give the people of Tucson exciting basketball that's affordable and family friendly. We already have commitments from former U of Arizona players to play this season."

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