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Billings leaves, IBA wants to Grow

by IBA Press Release
March 11, 2001 - International Basketball Association (IBA)

Billings leaves, IBA Still looking to Grow

IBA Press Release

Des Moines, IA - On Tuesday, Billings RimRocker owner Ron Omo decided to call it quits. After three years, Omo pulled the plug on the RimRocker organization due to a disappointing fan base. The announcement comes at a time when the IBA is poised to make some major additions to the league. Despite Omo’s decision to stop funding the RimRockers, the IBA is hopeful that it isn’t the end of the road in Billings.

“We are very hopeful that the IBA will continue to have a presence in Billings, it’s a good market with tremendous potential. ” said IBA Executive Director Al Lorenzen

When the Continental Basketball Association folded early last month, it left the IBA as the longest running basketball minor league played during the traditional winter months. The IBA is joined by the International Basketball League (IBL) and the American Basketball Association (ABA). Both the IBL and the ABA stand to lose millions of dollars this season, a problem that the fiscally responsible IBA will never have to confront. The IBA is just days away from completing their sixth season of play and are preparing for an off-season that could see their membership increase dramatically.

“With our low operating costs, the IBA continues to be very attractive to potential owners,” said IBA President Paul Miller. “The folding of the CBA, and the weak state of the other minor basketball leagues iterate the merits of the IBA. The IBA’s philosophy ensures the continued stability and growth of the league.”

“The IBA is actively pursuing several of the former CBA teams, and I am confident that we provide the best framework for them to continue to offer basketball in those markets,” said Lorenzen. “We are a very attractive alternative to the former CBA teams because our financial framework gives them a realistic chance to make a team successful. Where the climate of minor league basketball is right now, it’s a good time to be in the IBA.”

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