Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens is among the famous alumni to play in the USBL.
League Hopes to Return after Two-Year Hiatus
Milford, Conn. (Thursday, February 11, 2010) – Much work would need to be done to make it happen, but the United States Basketball League (USBL) hopes to return to the court this April after a two-year hiatus. The USBL, which played for 23 consecutive seasons before sitting out the past two years, has stated its proposed return comes after talks with potential owners have been progressing in recent months.
“We will continue to speak with potential business partners and community officials to develop expansion of the league in 2010 and beyond,” USBL Commissioner Daniel Meisenheimer III stated. “Our main concern is attracting the right type of owners in the right markets and venues to sustain our growth.”
Meisenheimer has served as the commissioner of the USBL since its inception in 1984. When he took over the league then at the age of 33 years old, he was the youngest commissioner in the history of professional sports. He made some highly publicized moves during what was a rather successful run of the league, helping the USBL become the first publicly traded sports league in 1996. Over 150 former USBL players went on to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the league boasted such owners as comedian Cedric the Entertainer and boxer Roy Jones, Jr. Pro Bowl receivers Terrell Owens and Randy Moss also spent time playing in the summer basketball league, while Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and electrifying slam dunk specialist Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins are among the coaching alumni from the USBL.
The USBL has reportedly kept its operations running since its 2007 championship game, one that saw the Kansas Cagerz defeat the Brooklyn Kings, even though no official games have been played since then. It is unknown what cities could potentially have teams in the USBL this season, and none are currently listed on the league website.
For more information on the United States Basketball League, visit www.usbl.com.