THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE MUSIC CITY STARS AS THEIR NEWEST ADDITION TO THE LEAGUE

The semi-professional basketball team kicks off the season December 11 at Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN—The American Basketball Association (ABA) announces the arrival of the Music City Stars, Nashville’s new semi-professional basketball team.  The season’s first home game is scheduled for December 11th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena at 7pm, rivaling the Seattle Mountaineers.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about the season and the successes that are ahead of us,” shares team owner, Anthony Chase.  He goes on to say, “I have seen the growth of the ABA over the past year and I am glad to be a part of the re-building of the league, with the latest addition being Nashville.”

The 16 player team is full of hometown (basketball) celebrities as they each have carried a winning reputation from the AAU league, to middle and high school teams, their collegiate career, and some even gaining international success.  Individually known for their show stopping performances they fit perfectly with the ABA trend of high energy games, an 100 to 150 point game average, slam dunk contests, speedy cross court maneuvers, and impressive three-point shots.

Led by ABA veteran and former Vanderbilt University Head Coach, Jan van Breda Kolff, who carries a familiarity to the league as an original ABA league player with the Denver Nuggets, Kentucky Colonels, and Virginia Squires.  Coach van Breda Kolff was also a 1974 draft pick for the Portland Trailblazers; played for the New York Nets; and has a coaching record that stretches for miles with high school and college teams, most recently Vanderbilt University.

Team owner and business man, Anthony Chase, also owns the Lexington, Kentucky ABA team, the Bluegrass Stallions.  With more than 20 years in the healthcare industry, Chase has launched several successful businesses namely Chase Corner Pharmacy, ExtendaCare Inc, Covenant Hospice LLC, and Consolo Services.  “While healthcare is my vocation, my avocation has been basketball,” stated Chase.  He goes on to say, “I was a childhood fan of the Kentucky Colonels, an original ABA team, which led to my desire to own and operate a professional basketball team. Nashville is a great city and the local basketball talent is tremendous. My goal is to create a successful team that the city can stand behind.”

The Music City Stars and the American Basketball Association falls within an impressive legacy of players such as Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, George ‘Ice Man’ Gervin and Moses Malone.  The ABA was widely recognized during the 60’s and 70’s and served as prime competition for the NBA.  While original ABA teams, the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs kept their names during the NBA and ABA merger others such as The Floridians and the Carolina Cougars were disbanded.  Re-launched in 2000, the ABA has made impressive strides to gain the reputation it was once known for.

Discounted tickets for the 2009-2010 season are available for youth and church groups, military, and booster clubs.  For more information, ticketing, schedules, or group discounts please visit www.MusicCityStars.com or contact Paul Neil, 615.377.9689 or musiccitystars@gmail.com.

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