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Long Beach to return to ABA in 2007

December 29, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the league has added Long Beach, California to its expansion teams for 2007. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "We are very happy to be back in Long Beach after a two-year absence. Long Beach is a great ABA city and we were just waiting for the right ownership group. We were thinking about announcing this next week to start off the year, but thought it would be a great way to complete 2006."

The team will be owned by Nicole (Nickey) Wainwright, a successful business owner in Long Beach. "She's a down-to-earth business savvy woman that has the drive, attitude and determination to make things work," added Newman. "By instituting her business and entertainment experience with her passion for basketball, Nicole looks forward to her "Basketball Back to the Beach" campaign to be based on community involvement, fun and excitement for Long Beach."

"I have always been around sports and entertainment and owning this team is one of my most exciting accomplishments yet," said Ms. Wainwright. "As a single mom of teenagers, my focus is showing my kids and my community that anything can be done. I am a firm believer that you can have anything you want in life as long as you strive for it. Set a goal and remember the number one universal law and things will unfold for you dramatically."

As well as a year round "Night Court League" that trains and conditions players who are seeking to become pro athletes, Ms. Wainwright owns TyTe-HyPe Entertainment, LLC, an entertainment consulting company that packages independent artists, models, actors, producers, music groups and sports figures and prepares them for the future goals and Storme Karen Consulting, LLC, a business consulting company that help start-up and existing business expansion. The team will be owned by The Long Beach Basketball Group, Inc, and will be named THE LONG BEACH STORM.

For more information, call Nicole Wainwright at 562 494 2000, or email longbeachbasketball@gmail.com or visit www.abalive.com.

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