Franklin Knights Among Three WBA Expansion Franchises
Franklin, Tenn. (Monday, March 22, 2010) – World Basketball Association (WBA) officials have announced plans to add three expansion teams for its upcoming season of play, which will tip off this May. With the addition of the Franklin (Tennessee) Knights, Florida Flight and Jacksonville Blue Waves, the WBA will now play its 2010 season with seven teams on tap.
"Minor league basketball has had a tumultuous couple of years, but we are extremely excited about what the future holds for the WBA," Commissioner Lionel Garrett commented. "The basketball part comes much easier than the marketing and business side of operations. Our goal is to add quality owners who have the business savvy and marketing skills necessary to be successful in this business both on and off the court.”
The Knights, one of the new franchises entering the WBA, will play its home contests at the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, which is a suburban city located just outside of Nashville. With the recent demise of the American Basketball Association’s Music City Stars, the Knights will now be the only professional basketball team in town.
At the forefront of the organization is 24 year old Logan Sekulow, who formerly worked as a Christian TV talk show host.
"This is not a Nashville team. Hopefully, we can draw from Nashville, but we're relying on Franklin,” Sekulow said in a recent interview with the Tennesseean. “This is a Franklin, Tennessee, based operation. We want Franklin to be home."
Franklin, which is home to many country music stars and players from the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators, is a city that local native Sekulow feels will be very supportive of a professional basketball team.
"Being in Franklin is a huge advantage, not only just in business but because the families of Williamson County want us to be there," he continued. "The reason we branded it Franklin is because we are doing this for our community, a community that doesn't have endless amounts of entertainment, especially professional sports."
Joining Sekulow in the operations of the Knights will be local businessmen Aaron Hodges and William Haynes.
For more information on the Franklin Knights, visit www.franklinknights.net or follow them on Twitter @FranklinKnights.