The Air Strikers are the eighth overall team which will play in the PBL in 2011.
Expansion Team to Join Premier Basketball League for 2011 Season
Dayton, Ohio (Friday, September 17, 2010) – The Premier Basketball League (PBL) has added the expansion Dayton Air Strikers for its upcoming season of play, bringing the total number of teams on its roster to eight for 2011. The league, which is entering its fourth year of operation, is tentatively slated to tip off in January.
“With the addition of Dayton, we can continue our growth in the Midwest,” PBL CEO Tony Chase stated. “We will have additional expansion announcements for the 2012 season and are getting ready to release our schedule for the upcoming season.”
The PBL had nine clubs play in 2010, but the league cut ties with the Buffalo Stampede and Maryland GreenHawks once the season concluded. A Puerto Rican team also played last year, but it was not retained for the upcoming season of play. However, joining the Air Strikers as a new addition for 2011 will be the Bluegrass Stallions of the American Basketball Association.
“We looked at several leagues, and it was an easy decision to apply for membership into the PBL,” Air Strikers President Anthony Byrd remarked. “We feel that we will be competitive in our inaugural year due to the great talent in the Southwest Ohio area. We are excited that we are able to bring professional basketball to the Dayton, Ohio, region, creating quality sports entertainment for the community."
The PBL was founded in 2008 and had its highest number of franchises when it competed with 13 clubs during the 2009 season. The league roster contains teams from both the United States and Canada, and it is not believed the PBL is seeking additional teams before it returns to the floor in January.
For more information on the Premier Basketball League, visit www.thePBL.com.