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Manchester Millrats Join PBL

May 9, 2008 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Saint John Riptide News Release

Manchester, New Hampshire: The Manchester Millrats and Vermont Frost Heaves have officially joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL) for the upcoming 2008/2009 season.

The Millrats high flying act will return to Southern New Hampshire University next season, and the rivalry that was established between Vermont and Manchester will continue in the PBL.

"We receive a tremendous number of inquires and applications and are excited to welcome these solid organizations which will be great compliments to our current ownership groups," stated Premier Basketball League President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Doyle.

Other regional teams of interest currently in the PBL include the Rochester Razorsharks, who were league champs this season, the Maryland Nighthawks, the Reading (Pa) Railers, the Wilmington (NC) Sea Dawgs, and expansion teams in Buffalo and Toronto, Canada.

"As a member of the PBL, the Frost Heaves look forward to continuing to deliver reasonably priced, crowd-pleasing entertainment featuring world-class basketball players. We'll be renewing some familiar rivalries in the PBL, which is building a forward-looking, stable environment in which every team is competitive and every team can flourish," said Vermont FrostHeaves President and Founder Alexander Wolff.

The Vermont Frost Heaves were two time ABA Champions, and while the Millrats were responsible for Vermont's four losses this season, Manchester fell short of it's title hopes in overtime in the final four. Manchester is looking forward to a greater challenge of competing for a title in the PBL.

Manchester Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy commented, "We are excited to be able to treat our wonderful fans to great affordable professional basketball, and our fans will love the regional rivalries that will ensue with the other great teams of the PBL."

The Millrats are currently working on a new website that will soon integrate with the PBL League site at Information regarding schedule, ticket sales, and sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming season will be made available in the coming weeks.

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