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The Premier Basketball League (PBL) 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.”

The Premier Basketball League will be holding their annual Owner's Meeting next weekend, June 27th. The meeting will be held in Chicago, IL and will host all current teams within the league, as well as new potential teams to join the league. The PBL will go over the past season and what can be improved for the upcoming one. They will also discuss the upcoming season including any rules changes, league requirements, and sponsorships for the league. The league's front office looks forward to a successful meeting that will get our 2016 season off to the right start. 

"We are very excited for this meeting to take place and we are looking forward to all of our teams coming together to have a successful upcoming season", Stated League Commissioner Dennis Truax.