CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the NBA's continued lock-out all eyes are on minor league basketball. The PBL's office announced today that the Columbus, Indiana based "Indiana Diesels" will be joining the Premier Basketball League for the 2012 season. The Diesels are now the tenth team to join the PBL so far.
"We are highly selective in our team admittance process and look for teams that not only have the means to sustain a program well beyond a season, but also focus on the true root of the Premier Basketball League, the fan experience and community involvement. The Diesels are one of these programs," commented PBL President and CEO Brij Desai.
Led by Rex Voils, a member of its ownership group, the Indiana Diesels started in 2008 in another league. Rex, a seasoned businessman in the region, has been in a family construction business started by his father in 1964 and knows about the values it takes to start a great program. Voils believed that he could develop the team into an organization that is not only engaged in the community, but dedicated to the highest caliber of professional basketball.
"When it came to planning our future as a basketball program, we knew there was only one direction that made sense for our team, up. We are excited about calling the Premier Basketball League home for the Diesels. With professional basketball teams in the PBL and a true dedication to the beliefs the Diesels were founded on, the PBL is the league for us," commented Voils.
The PBL is a Chicago based, independently owned basketball league that is concentrated on a fan based entertainment experience. With the new regional play model announced earlier this year, the PBL has committed to not only make the league fan centered, but also took the owners and team budget into consideration. The league is partners with @SportsTV Network to broadcast league games on television, internet, and mobile devices starting in 2012. "This has been a huge factor for team owners because it gives their fans an opportunity to follow the teams at away games. This is a first for minor league basketball in America," continued Desai.
SOURCE Premier Basketball League (PBL)