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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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.

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Baltimore Claws Primary Logo 1975

Baltimore Claws

Established 1975
ABA Championships 0

Denver Nuggets Primary Logo 1974 - 1976

Denver Nuggets

Established 1974
ABA Championship 0

Indiana Pacers Primary Logo 1977 - 1990

Indiana Pacers

Established 1967
ABA Championship 3
1973, 1972, 1970

Kentucky Colonels Primary Logo 1971 - 1976

Kentucky Colonels

Established 1967
ABA Championship 1
1975

New York Nets Primary Logo 1973 - 1977

New York Nets

Established 1968
ABA Championship 2
1976, 1974

Pittsburgh Condors Primary Logo 1972

Pittsburgh Condors

Established 1967
ABA Championship 0

San Antonio Spurs Primary Logo 1977 - 1989

San Antonio Spurs

Established 1973
ABA Championship 0

San Diego Sails Primary Logo 1975

San Diego Sails

Established 1975
ABA Championship 0

Spirits of St. Louis Primary Logo 1974 - 1976

Spirits of St. Louis

Established 1974 ABA Championship 0

The Floridians Primary Logo 1971 - 1972

The Floridians

Established 1970
ABA Championship 0

Utah Stars Primary Logo 1971 - 1976

Utah Stars

Established 1970
ABA Championships 2
1973, 1970

Virginia Squires Primary Logo 1975 - 1976

Viriginia Squires

Established 1970
ABA Championships 0

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