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August 20, 1989 | HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press
Some facts about the World Basketball League: It's played in the summer, no one 6-foot-5 or over is allowed, international teams participate, and after two seasons, it's still around. Not bad considering the leagues already crammed into the sports section: the NBA, CBA, NFL, CFL, MISL, MLFS, AHL, IHL, NHL, WVL and more starting all the time. That's what Steven Ehrhart was up against when he became the World Basketball League's commissioner two years ago.
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August 2, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The World Basketball League has suspended operations, but it could come back next year, according to John F. Galetka, the league's president and commissioner. Geletka said the decision was necessary after three franchises closed earlier this year and after the Dayton Wings announced Friday they were stopping operations.
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August 5, 1989 | TOM YANTZ, Hartford Courant
Fields of corn sag in the summer sizzle. A gray-white haze hangs over groves of pine trees like smoke in a tavern. A man shoveling asphalt into the cracked road leading to Anna Maria College 10 miles northwest of Worcester is enveloped in steam. The only noise at the center of this bucolic campus comes from an occasional car. But in the distance a faint, repetitive sound is heard. As one draws closer to the Fuller Activities Center, it becomes louder. Balls are bouncing and men are laughing.
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February 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The World Basketball League, founded in 1988 for players under 6 feet 5, will increase the limit to 6-7, league commissioner John F. Geletka said.
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February 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The World Basketball League, founded in 1988 for players under 6 feet 5, will increase the limit to 6-7, league commissioner John F. Geletka said.
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May 11, 1988
Bob Cousy, who had been director of basketball operations for the International Basketball Assn., has dropped his involvement with the league for players under 6-4. The league is reorganizing as the World Basketball League.
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August 2, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The World Basketball League has suspended operations, but it could come back next year, according to John F. Galetka, the league's president and commissioner. Geletka said the decision was necessary after three franchises closed earlier this year and after the Dayton Wings announced Friday they were stopping operations.
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June 2, 1989
A San Jose family was awarded the first Continental Basketball Assn. franchise on the West Coast, and Cory Russell of the World Basketball League was named head coach. A Santa Barbara group is expected to win a CBA franchise by as early as today, bringing the league to 16 teams for the season that begins Nov. 16.
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November 30, 1990
George (Ice) Jackson, a 6-4 forward with the Calgary 88's of the World Basketball League, has reversed the trend of Eastern Europeans joining American professional basketball leagues by signing for the 1990-91 season with Estonia's Kalev Tallinn of the Soviet National Basketball League.
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July 13, 1990 | PHIL JACKMAN, BALTIMORE EVENING SUN
To hear the folks in Italy tell it, they not only play great soccer on the Boot -- uh, what World Cup? -- they also play hoops second only to the NBA. Or so they insisted until a World Basketball League all-star team took a swing through the country last winter and worked over the best Italy had to offer. Some of the scores (120-98, 142-117 and 146-124) while dropping five of six games suggest the home teams weren't performing in season, which was hardly the case.
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August 27, 1989 | Jim Murray
All right, class, the subject for today is pro basketball--is it a sport or a circus? Are the Detroit Pistons the best team in the game--or just the biggest? Well, is Mike Tyson the best fighter in the world--or is Sugar Ray Leonard? Tired of slam dunks? Two-foot baskets? High posts? Low posts? Set-piece basketball? Ever ask yourself how you can have a sport that cannot be played successfully by 99.999% of the world population?
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August 5, 1989 | TOM YANTZ, Hartford Courant
Fields of corn sag in the summer sizzle. A gray-white haze hangs over groves of pine trees like smoke in a tavern. A man shoveling asphalt into the cracked road leading to Anna Maria College 10 miles northwest of Worcester is enveloped in steam. The only noise at the center of this bucolic campus comes from an occasional car. But in the distance a faint, repetitive sound is heard. As one draws closer to the Fuller Activities Center, it becomes louder. Balls are bouncing and men are laughing.
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June 2, 1989
A San Jose family was awarded the first Continental Basketball Assn. franchise on the West Coast, and Cory Russell of the World Basketball League was named head coach. A Santa Barbara group is expected to win a CBA franchise by as early as today, bringing the league to 16 teams for the season that begins Nov. 16.
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