ABA History

The ABA is back in Central Indiana!

The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a men’s professional basketball league with 140 + teams across the United States, Australia and Mexico.  The league has grown to become the largest and most diverse professional sports league in the world!  Minorities, women, disabled, and Native Americans make up 70% of team owners.  In addition to the men’s league, the WABA was formed in 2017 with 8 women’s teams playing the inaugural year.

In 1999 ABA League Owner, Joe Newman and Atty. Richard P. Tinkham founded the ABA League. This was a re-launch of the 1967 ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976.  Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Some of the ABA notable players at that time, who later became NBA players, include: Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Billy Keller, and Moses Malone.

Many of the ABA players and coaches go on to play or work for other national or international professional teams.  ABA players work with schools and other organizations through Anti-Bullying and reading programs.