August 1, 1997 |
American Basketball League sources said Thursday the one-year-old women's league is "very close" to a network television deal. The network was not identified, but sources said the package will give ABL games live exposure in more than 50 million households. The league had a limited cable TV contract last season. The new deal will be announced in two weeks. The nine-team league--which includes the expansion Long Beach StingRays--will begin its 44-game schedule in October.
December 29, 1999
While the WNBA moved slowly toward formation, three public relations executives announced in the spring of 1996 they had formed the the American Basketball League and had signed seven members of the gold-medal winning '96 U.S. women's Olympic team. The ABL launched its first season in 1996-97, but TV viewers had to hunt to find ABL telecasts.
July 10, 1997 |
The American Basketball League's Long Beach StingRays unveiled their coach and a new logo, then bid farewell to one of their premier players Wednesday. In a news conference at the Pyramid, Coach Maura McHugh, 44, said her new team would play "tough-inside, high-scoring and pressure-defense basketball." But she'll have to achieve that without Cindy Brown. The 11-year pro out of Long Beach State has decided to play next season in Europe. Last season, she was the ABL's No. 4 scorer (17.5) and No.
September 3, 1997 |
The Long Beach StingRays of the American Basketball League begin preseason practice today at Long Beach State. Coach Maura McHugh will guide the women's team through two-a-day drills, before going to Seattle for an exhibition game with the Reign on Sept. 20. Two other road exhibitions are scheduled, against Colorado at Austin, Texas, Sept. 28; and against Atlanta at Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 5. The StingRays begin their 44-game regular season Oct.
December 18, 1996 |
Agonizing over a punch-related concussion suffered by a player in their first all-star game, executives of the women's American Basketball League are telling referees, coaches and players to cut out rough play. "It is far too physical," Ernie Yarbrough, the league's head of officiating, said Tuesday. "We don't want to have the bad-boy reputation that some of the players in the NBA have."
April 26, 1997 |
When the NBA announced a year ago that it would form a women's league, many wondered what would become of the rival and upstart American Basketball League. Now, after the ABL's announcement Friday that it had signed yet another group of prominent seniors, some were left wondering which league is the upstart. During a break in the ABL's three-day workout for 80 players, the league announced the signings of Beth Morgan of Notre Dame, Kedra Holland-Corn of Georgia, and LaTicia Morris of Auburn.