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Bahama Pro Show To Play In Miami This Season

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

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Bahama Pro Show professional basketball team will begin play this season in Miami, Florida. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "In Ricardo B. Smith, the owner, and his associates, we have a group with great experience in business and basketball and have no doubt that they will put together a remarkable operation in Miami. This will be a very unique team made up primarily of players from the Bahamas and other Latin American countries and will most certainly be very competitive. These are basketball people through and through and we are pleased to have them in the league."

Mr. Smith most recently served as Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of the first-ever professional basketball enterprise in the Bahamas, the Bahama Pro Show. It is this organization that he is bringing to Miami to play in the ABA. "I attended the ABA league meeting last month in Indianapolis, got a great understanding of the ABA and its goals, met with many of the team owners and felt very strongly that we could put together something very special in Miami. We don't have a great amount of time, but we are looking forward to the challenge," stated Smith.

He is the owner of two Bahama establishments, the Drop Zone Media and Me-Ting Place Lounge and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Success Training College as well as Athletic Director and Head Coach of the basketball team where he led the Flyers to two consecutive college tournament finals in Freeport, Bahamas. His distinguished career in sports has led him to participate at every level of the sport in the Bahamas, including player, coach, referee, scorer, administrator and fan. Mr. Smith is the former President of the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA), the largest basketball body in the country as well as former President of the Nassau Paradise Hospitality Basketball Association (NPHBA).

"We'll be announcing our venue, our tryout camp, our coach and other important information in the next two weeks," added Smith. "We have some great sponsors and wonderful support in Miami. We'll do well." For more information, email or call 954 940 8306 or 242 525 2257 or visit

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