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March 2010

    Continental Basketball League logoThe Continental Basketball League's Commissioner, Dennis Truax, announces the addition of their fifth team, the Birmingham Steel.

The CBL is a new, five team basketball league based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The league currently has franchises slated for Birmingham, Marietta (GA), Wilmington (NC), Fayetteville (NC) and Savannah (GA). The CBL will play a 20 game schedule that will go from the middle of April through the end of June.

The Steel will be owned by Richard Ashmon, who played professional basketball in Europe and the U.S. minor leagues. Ashmon has also coached in the WBA, ABA and TPBL. He has also coached and worked with NBA players to help refine their skills. In his professional life, Ashmon owns and operates 52Sportsent, a company that assists basketball players in finding an agent. The company also manages professional musicians.

Ashmon will also be the team's head coach and general manager.

"Richard has a proven track record in the business and basketball worlds. His ideas for community outreach and involving at-risk youth with his team will be a model for the CBL," said Truax.


May 2010


2010 Continental Basketball League

  Birmingham Steel  
  Carolina Cougarz  
  Georgia Gwizzlies  
  Savannah Wildcats  
  Wilmington Sea Dawgs  
    World Basketball Association Exposure League logoThe World Basketball Association Exposure League announces that effective immediately the Birmingham Steel would be withdrawing from the Continental Basketball and joining the WBA. The WBA is set to start its seventh season.

The addition of Birmingham to the league keeps the WBA membership at seven teams in four states after the league suspended operations of the Tupelo Rock & Rollers for the 2010 season. WBA commissioner William Slaton is hopeful that the Rock & Rollers will return to the league in 2011. "The Tupelo franchise didn't meet league standards for the 2010 season. However, we're working towards them being back in the league next year," said Slaton.

Birmingham will assume the Tupelo franchise's schedule, with one exception. Tupelo was scheduled to travel to Marietta, Ga., to take on the Marietta Storm Thursday in both teams' season openers, but that game has been moved to May 28. Instead, the Steel will open their WBA campaign Saturday against the Florida Flight at Leeds High School.

Each team will play 16 regular-season games before the playoffs, which are scheduled to start in mid-July.

The Steel will still be owned by Richard Ashmon. He will also serve as the Steel's head coach and general manager.


2010 World Basketball Association Exposure League

  Birmingham Steel  
  Decatur Court Kings  
  Florida Flight  
  Franklin Knights  
  Gwinnett Majic  
  Jacksonville Bluewaves  
  Marietta Storm  


      The Birmingham Steel never played a single game as a member of the World Basketball Association Exposure League.

No formal announcement was ever made by the league as to why, but the lack of proper funding is the most likely reason.

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Last Update: May 28, 2010