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Shooting Starz talent competition to debut at ABA Championship Playoffs

February 24, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) and ABA Entertainment today announced that its nationwide talent search, SHOOTING STARZ, would debut at the ABA Championship Playoffs in March to be held in Rochester, New York.

According to Angela Rizzi, ABA VP of Entertainment, "We couldn't think of a better place or time to launch this exciting new program. There is a tremendous amount of young talent other than those featured on the popular American Idol or Nashville Stars. And we intend to find the talent in a series of SHOOTING STARZ events in ABA cities and ARCA Re/Max cities throughout the spring, summer and fall."

"We're looking for individuals, duets, groups, musicians in every genre from hip hop, r&b, rock, soul, country and pop," Ms. Rizzi added. "And we'll have record producers, record companies, agents, talent scouts and others on hand as judges and evaluators. If you have talent, it's time you were discovered."

Auditions will take place in ABA cities and ARCA cities and the contestants will be selected to perform at ABA and ARCA events, where the audience will have the chance to vote on that city's finalist. Finalists selected from each city will be featured on line at, allowing voting to take place over a designated period of time. Finalists will then be invited to perform at the Final Competition at the start of the ABA 2006-2007 season. Winners will take part in STARZ IN MOTION, a nationwide tour featuring winners, along with top name artists, as well as opportunity to receive recording contracts, production of an original song, and other prizes from our sponsors. For more information, email or visit Contestants can pre-register online at

Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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