CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of the first ever Minor League Basketball Convention in Chicago, leagues from across the nation were represented to develop standards across the country for professional minor league basketball. Through the formation of the United Basketball Federation of America (UBFA), league and team owners hope to change the way basketball is handled in the minors through a unification and adoption of a set of national standards.
The UBFA is developing a national model that would center in forming standards to be followed by the teams and recognized by the sponsors, venues, and most importantly, the fans. In some leagues across America, simple standards like teams showing up to games on time, shot clock usage, respectable and properly numbered uniforms, and adequate record keeping are not even met. In some cases, much worse conditions make it hard for the teams to play altogether, and ultimately impossible to entertain loyal fans. The unification based on standards will also place one time weary sponsors back on the radar for leagues and teams nationwide. The successful convention and planning session was attended by the owners of the Continental Basketball League and the Premier Basketball League, in addition to attendance by member teams of the CBL, PBL, ABA, and potential basketball team owners from across the nation and the Peoples Republic of China.
"As I was researching minor league basketball opportunities it became obvious to me that the industry was simply unstable. With a never ending stream of franchises being formed, only to fold a very short time later, I realized that fans and sponsors had no reason to support these teams. The goal of the UBFA is to hold professional basketball leagues to a higher standard so that community partners, businesses and fans would know that the teams within those leagues have made a commitment to doing things the right way, and that there will be qualified individuals providing oversight in to those teams operations," commented Jeff Kuntz, Board Member of the UBFA.
The UBFA held the first business meeting of the year and nominations were made for board members as well as the formation of standing committees.
The board of directors is comprised of:
Jeff Kuntz, President of Dayton Pro-Sports
David Knickelbein, Former Minor League Head Coach and GM
Lamont Mareno, CBL Founder and Owner
Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO
Mark King, Owner - Florida Flight (CBL)
Along with the formation of the board of directors, the UBFA formed standing committees on; Standards & Guidelines, Finance, Community Relations, Development, Legal, and Vendors & Sponsors.
The UBFA has set a heavy agenda for the next 30 days. With the finalization of the by-laws and organizational structure, the UBFA will be adding other interested leagues to the organization over the next month. The organization's new website is launching this week at www.UBFAmerica.org.
SOURCE United Basketball Federation of America (UBFA)