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The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a men’s professional basketball league. The league has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world! In 1999 Joe Newman and the late Richard P. Tinkham founded the league. It is the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976. Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc. The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976 [New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets]. Some of the ABA notable players where: Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Moses Malone along with, many others that came to be NBA players. The ABA was reformed in 2000 in partnership with the NBA and has been operating in harmony for the past 21 years.

You know about the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and NJ Nets, four teams from the original ABA that merged into the NBA in the 70's.  This is the league that introduced the red, white and blue ball and legends like Dr. J, George Gervin, Spencer Haywood, Connie Hawkins, Rick Barry, Mel Daniels and many others. The original ABA and Indiana Pacers were co-founded by attorney Dick Tinkham and left an indelible mark on pro basketball with its exciting rules and players...


In 2000, Dick Tinkham and Joe Newman

after a 25-year dormant period, brought back the ABA and since then it has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the US with over 150 teams in cities like NY, LA, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Francisco and so many others - and it is the most diversified professional sports league ever with over 75% of the team owners being African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and women.  The ABA provides exciting professional basketball at affordable prices and gives hundreds of players and coaches a chance to live their dreams of playing and coaching professionally.


  • The ABA season runs from November through April (including playoffs)

  • Four (4) twelve minute quarters

  • Half-Court violation: the ABA is 7 seconds opposed to 8 seconds in the NBA to get across the half-court line. If an ABA team is not successful in getting over the half-court line within 7 seconds it results in a turnover which initiates the 3D light

  • When the 3D Light is on 2 pt. shots = 3 pts. | 3 pt. shots = 4 pts. | a half-court shot = 5 pts

  • A player having committed their Seventh Foul (a combination of personals and direct technical) during the regulation game timeframe, will foul out of the game and will be replaced by an available bench substitute.

  • Players fouled out of regulation will be allowed back into the overtime period(s) unless they were ejected out of the regulation game due to unsportsmanlike conduct.



Welcome to the ABA. As we enter into our 22nd season, we are very proud to have become the largest professional sports league in the US, with 70% of our owners being African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and women. We are pleased to provide high quality professional basketball at affordable prices – and to provide thousands of opportunities on and off the court each year.

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