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American Basketball League (2013)


American Basketball League (2013)

American Basketball League (ABL)
Sport Basketball
Founded 2012
Inaugural season 2013
No. of teams 4
Country  United States
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Fort Lauderdale Sharks (2014)
Most titles Fort Lauderdale Sharks (1)
Official website [1]

The American Basketball League (ABL) is a semi-professional men's basketball league that began play in January 2013. It is the fourth league to use the ABL name. The league now plays a summer schedule, beginning in June.

Steven A. Hanley,[1] former agent of Magic Johnson, is ABL President and CEO. Former Assistant Athletic Director at Florida Atlantic University Eric Newsome holds the position of league commissioner. Newsome played college basketball at Miami University (1983–88), including three seasons with five-time NBA champion Ron Harper. He is fourth leading all-time scorers[2] for the RedHawks.


  • History 1
    • 2013 1.1
    • 2014 1.2
    • 2015 1.3
  • Teams 2
    • Former teams 2.1
  • Champions 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Twelve teams (based in Florida and Texas) in two divisions (Lone Star and Tropics) competed in the inaugural season of 2013. The first season of the ABL began in January with a planned 24-game schedule. The season was never completed due to a number of factors.[3]


The second season featured a slimmed-down league with four south Florida-based teams competing. Two original teams, Fort Lauderdale Sharks and Palm Beach Hurricane, were joined by newcomers Orlando Lightning and Pompano Beach Cobras. After a 14-game regular season, Fort Lauderdale defeated Orlando 90-84[4] to win the first-ever ABL championship. Both teams finished 8-6 in the regular season, with the Sharks winning four-of-five matchups.


ABL is again planning a summer schedule. The four Tropics Division teams have committed to return. The league is currently in negotiations with The Bahamas Basketball Federation to form a four-team division on the island.


Former teams

  • Corpus Christi Clutch
  • Davie Stars
  • Emerald Coast Knights
  • Heartland Eagles
  • Lone Star Law
  • Palm Beach Piranhas
  • Panama City Breeze
  • South Texas Revolution
  • Sugar Land Legends
  • Texas Surge
  • Twin City United


Year Champion Runner-up Result
2013 none no championship
2014 Fort Lauderdale Sharks Orlando Lightning 90-84


  1. ^ "The new American Basketball League is taking dead aim at the NBA’s D-League". Yahoo Sports. 4 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Record Book". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "League in turmoil: Versions differ as to demise of ABL". News Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sharks Capture 2014 ABL Championship". ABL. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

External links

  • Official ABL website
  • @hoopsABL
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