Rochester, NY (July 1, 2015)– The Rochester RazorSharks officially announced today the hiring of Chris Daleo as their new head coach.
The RazorSharks, who are coming off a championship winning season, will look to Chris Daleo to lead the team to a third consecutive PBL title. Chris brings a history of winning seasons to the RazorSharks organization, most recently winning the 2015 Midwest Professional Basketball Association (MPBA) title, with the Champaign Swarm. Daleo’s resume is second to none in minor-league professional basketball. Career highlights include: CBA Coach of the Year in 2003, selected to coach the CBA all-star team three times, won two conference championships in the now former CBA, and lastly and most impressive, he has never had a losing season as a head coach or general manager in minor league professional basketball.
"We are pleased to have Daleo become part of the RazorSharks organization. His success, winning attitude, and professional experiences are the perfect combination that we have been looking for.” said Paul Rosen, RazorSharks Co-Owner.
With training camp expecting to open up in December for the upcoming 2016 PBL season, Coach Daleo will now turn to the task of solidifying an already impressive RazorSharks roster.
“I am very excited and honored to be asked to lead the RazorSharks for the 2016 season. Rochester has a long history of winning seasons and championships and I fully expect to do everything in my power to make sure that the winning tradition continues!”, stated Chris Daleo.
The RazorSharks plan to hold a press conference to introduce Coach Daleo to the local media and RazorSharks fans later in July of 2015.
And then there were none. Northwest Louisiana lost its lone remaining professional sports team on Tuesday when the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks announced they were taking their title-winning party elsewhere.
"The whole thing is about economics and what is best for our organization," said Mavericks coach Steve Tucker, the winningest coach in ABA history. "Shreveport and Bossier City will always be part of our legacy and tradition. And we want....Read More
by Jimmy Watson - Shreveport Times posted 06/30/2015
CHICAGO, IL (June 8, 2015) – The Premier Basketball League (PBL) today announced the addition of the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks for the 2015-16 season. The Mavericks will call the historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum home and will be coached by multi-time champion Steve Tucker. Mavericks owner Jerry Nelson has also become an equity partner in the PBL. Terms of the partnership arrangement are confidential.
The Mavericks are owned by Jerry Nelson of Beaumont, Texas. Nelson is a veteran entrepreneur with interests in entertainment, oil, and rodeo. He has been featured in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal for his achievements in the rodeo industry. His Maverick franchise has won the past four ABA Championships that they competed in and he has been selected as an Executive of the Year twice.
“I am excited to be joining the PBL not only as the owner of the Mavericks, but also as an equity partner in the organization. The PBL is the gold standard for how things are done on a professional level in basketball. Joining the PBL provided an opportunity to elevate our level of competition and also to partner with an established league that has brand name credibility across the country,” stated Nelson.
“It is a pleasure to bring on board a partner like Jerry Nelson, who has been a first class owner of the Mavericks team for many years,” said PBL Chairman of the Board Dr. Sev Hrywnak. “He brings business knowledge and connections that can only take the PBL to the next level. With the addition of the Shreveport Staff to the PBL front office, the PBL will grow to a full time staff of 7 and a part time staff of 5, bringing a total of 12 highly skilled individuals that bring with them marketing and business acumen,” said Hrywnak.
“We are pleased that Mr. Nelson has come on board with his expertise” stated VP Dominic Turcotte. “Jerry Nelson together with Dr. Sev Hrywnak will insure that the PBL will remain the only independent professional Basketball league in North America having the high standards of success that the basketball business needs.”
Premier Basketball League Adds Major Network to Media Lineup
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League announced today, the beginning of a new partnership with ESPN3. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding another major broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
ESPN3 is the official online streaming network of ESPN owned primarily by The Walt Disney Company available in North America and internationally.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with the largest and most recognizable name in sports,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL.
ESPN3 currently broadcasts NCAA college basketball, FIFA World Cup, the Arena Football League, NBA, WNBA, MLB and other big name leagues that now include the PBL.
The first PBL game will be televised on Saturday, December 6th at 1:00 pm when the defending champion Rochester RazorSharks host the Carolina Vipers.