About ABA

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 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 (NBA) in 1976 [New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets].

ABA’s Greatest

Some of the ABA’s notable players were: Julius Irving (Dr. J), George Gervin (The Iceman), Rick Barry, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, and David Thompson along with many others that became NBA players. The ABA was reformed in 2000 in partnership with the NBA, and has been operating in harmony for the past 20 years.

Game Rules

  • The ABA season runs from November through April (including playoffs).
  • Celebrity Players: The HOME team is allowed ONE celebrity player. The celebrity player must be noted and identified in the official score-book. The celebrity player does not count towards the 12 players that are on an active roster.
  • The ABA is a Guard-driven league with unique rules that allow for a faster pace – leading to a higher scoring and more exciting event.

    1. 48 minutes of high paced action: 12 minute quarters, under 8 & under 4 media timeouts each quarter, 5 minute overtime periods if necessary
    2. 4-Point Field Goal: any shot attempted from behind the half-court line is worth 4 points.
    3. 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. Any other turnover caused in the backcourt also initiates the 3D light.
    4. When the 3D ight is on: 2 pt. shots = 3 pts. | 3 pt. shots = 4 pts. | a half-court shot = 5 pts.
    5. Six (6) Personal Fouls: a player in the ABA cannot foul out of the game, however, any foul committed after a players sixth personal will result in a technical and the opposing team gets the ball. The team that has the player with six fouls has the choice to keep that player in the game or take him out due to the fact that if he fouls again they would receive not only the team foul but also a technical foul.
    6. Eight (8) Team Fouls: there are 8 team fouls allowed per quarter opposed to 5 in the NBA. A bonus of two free throws will be in effect on the eighth foul of each quarter. There is no “one-and-one” in the ABA.
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