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ABA and USFL Teams Map

Two historical professional leagues that have a huge place in sports history is the ABA – American Basketball Association and USFL – United State Football League. These two leagues have left a mark in both professional basketball and football. While one league ABA was able to accomplish their goal of merging with stronger NBA and the other USFL was not able to merge with the NFL only to receive a $1 payment from their lawsuit with the NFL. Sports Logo History and Sports Team History has embraced both leagues by showcasing both the team history and logo history.

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The ABA started with the original 11 teams of Anaheim Amigos, Dallas Chaparrals, Houston Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Denver Rockets, Kentucky Colonels, Minnesota Muskies, New Orleans Buccaneers, New Jersey Americans, Oakland Oaks, Pittsburgh Pipers. The league had a total 31 teams during the 10 year period from 1967 to 1976. The ABA distinguished itself from its older NBA with a more wide-open, flashy style of offensive play, as well as differences in rules a 30-second shot clock as opposed to the NBA’s 24-second clock and use of a three-point field goal arc. Also, the ABA used a colorful red, white and blue ball, instead of the NBA’s traditional orange ball. In addition, the ABA pioneered the now-popular slam dunk contest at its all-star game.

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The USFL played for three seasons, 1983 through 1985. The league played a spring/summer in each of its active seasons, however in the 1986 season they were scheduled to be played in the autumn/winter, in direct competition against the long-established NFL, this was done at the urging of New Jersey Generals majority owner Donald Trump and a handful of other owners as a way to force a merger between the leagues. As part of this strategy, the USFL filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League in 1986, and a jury ruled that the NFL had violated anti-monopoly laws. However, in a victory in name only, the USFL was awarded a judgment of just $1, which under anti-trust laws, was tripled to $3. This court decision effectively ended the USFL’s existence. The league never played the 1986 season, and by the time it folded, it had lost over US$163 million. However, the USFL ceased operations before its fourth season was scheduled to begin.

Please check out the new state maps of both ABA and USFL with every team’s location within the USA.

Long Shots

Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association

Long Shots

Long Shots

The video called “Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association” is a funky documentary about the old funky ABA League.  If you understand the whole purpose of why the ABA league officials created the ABA; which was to gain access into the NBA; you will understand what I mean by funky league.  Innovative, colorful and just bizarre can best describe this league’s ten year existence.  Take the journey back to see about the famous red, white and blue ball; the 3-point shot, Dr. J and the iceman.  This video also spends sometime on the afro hair that was so prominent during this time.  Here are some other interesting story lines that come out of the ABA history.

In 1975 the ABA gave the MVP of its All-Star Game in San Antonio a quarter horse named Tough Julie, as well as some cowboy accoutrements. Like most of the upstart league’s gestures, the gift combined a gleam of original thinking with a desperate attempt to wrest attention from the NBA. And like most of the league’s gestures, it backfired. First, the MVP, Indiana Pacers guard Freddie Lewis, could not keep the cowboy hat from slipping off his six-inch-high Afro at the postgame ceremony. Then it was discovered too late that the horse had not been inoculated. Tough Julie died three days after the game. Continue reading Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association

ABA Team History

ABA Team History

Anaheim Amigos

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Baltimore Claws

Established 1975
ABA Championships 0

Carolina Cougars

Established 1969
ABA Championship 0

Dallas Chaparrals

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Denver Nuggets

Established 1974
ABA Championship 0

Denver Rockets

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Houston Mavericks

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Indiana Pacers

Established 1967
ABA Championship 3
1973, 1972, 1970

Kentucky Colonels

Established 1967
ABA Championship 1
1975

Los Angeles Stars

Established 1968
ABA Championship 0

Memphis Pros

Established 1970
ABA Championship 0

Memphis Sounds

Established 1974
ABA Championship 0

Memphis Tams

Established 1972
ABA Championship 0

Miami Floridians

Established 1968
ABA Championship 0

Minnesota Muskies

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Minnesota Pipers

Established 1968
ABA Championship 0

New Jersey Americans

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

New Orleans Buccaneers

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

New York Nets

Established 1968
ABA Championship 2
1976, 1974

Oakland Oaks

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

Pittsburgh Condors

Established 1970
ABA Championship 0

Pittsburgh Pipers

Established 1967
ABA Championship 1
1967

San Antonio Spurs

Established 1973
ABA Championship 0

San Diego Conquistadors

Established 1972
ABA Championship 0

San Diego Sails

Established 1975
ABA Championship 0

Spirits of St. Louis

Established 1974
ABA Championship 0

The Floridians

Established 1970
ABA Championship 0

Utah Stars

Established 1970
ABA Championships 2
1973, 1970

Virginia Squires

Established 1970
ABA Championships 0

Washington Caps

Established 1969
ABA Championships 0