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The Nighthawks Leave the ABA

After three glorious seasons in the ABA, a league that isn't satisfied unless it's either added or subtracted a franchise within the previous 24 hours, your Maryland Nighthawks (they of the Sun Ming Ming signing) have had enough. Yes, that's right, it's off to the PBL for the Nighthawks, the PBL being the Premier Basketball League, "premier" in this case meaning "not really premier." Details on the official league site are, as of yet, a bit sketchy, although the PBL does have a nifty logo of the incredible hulk or possibly Barry Bonds dribbling the globe left-handed.

Nighthawks mascot Dunkin. He does Bar Mitzvahs. Frequently. Really.

The official announcement came last month, and this week the Wilmington Sea Dawgs signed up for some PBL action, giving the league at least five teams. The ABA continues on, undaunted; it says it will benefit from the competition, comparing itself to either Hardees or Delta or Kmart or something. Anyhow, Nighthawks owner Tom Doyle will step down as ABA COO, and will become PBL CEO, despite the fact that "Abacoo" sounds much better. Reports the Gazette:

Under the PBL's proposed Virtual Stadium Network, fans from all over the world can pay to view games on their computer via streaming video, much like fans of Major League Baseball can watch baseball games on their computers via subscription packages. The league plans to let internet consumers view video from cameras positioned all over the court, including those in team huddles during timeouts.

Wow! Just like Major League Baseball! Begging the question, if The Internets broadcast views from the team huddle but no one pays to watch the streaming video, was the video actually streamed? Speaking of which, from the Official Site:

On the court. In the crowd. Anywhere on earth. New rules. New game. We promise this is something you've never quite seen or experienced before.

For whatever reason, I don't doubt this at all. In the meantime, you'll be happy to know that despite the turmoil, Dunkin', the Nighthawks mascot, still seems to be available for just $75 an hour. "He frequently attends Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings," etc., we're told. So kids, when you're being called to the Torah for the first time, just think about how exciting the post-service party featuring that ABA/PBL mascot will be.

PBL Web site
Nighthawks form a league of their own (The Gazette)
Nighthawks Fly From ABA Coop (Washington Times)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2007; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Minor League Basketball  
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