The WBA Exposure League announces the addition
of Birmingham as a franchise for the 2009
The team will be named the Alabama Airmen.
Birmingham will join seven other franchises,
the "Buford Majic" [Buford, GA], "Decatur Court
Kings" [Decatur, GA], "Marietta Storm"
[Marietta, GA], "Memphis Blues" [Memphis, TN],
"Palm Coast Blue Waves" [Palm Coast, FL], "Rome
Gladiators "[Rome, GA] and the "Tyrone
Tornadoes" [Tyrone, GA].
In 2002, music business mogul Leroy McMath
founded the WBA Exposure League to educate,
develop and expose talented players to the NBA,
the D-League, CBA and International scouts. The
WBA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alabama Airmen owner Marlon Sims expressed
excitement about the new partnership and
upcoming season. "Coming into the WBA with my
new team the Alabama Airmen, is a dream come
true for me. This partnership allows my coaching
staff and I to work in a sport we love, while
building our community through enterprise and
family fun," Sims said.
McMath elaborated on the WBA's partnership with
Sims by saying, "The WBA targets franchises such
Mr. Sims' that are both passionate about sports
and understand the need to forge alliances in
the community to help with initiatives that will
improve the quality of life of residents by
utilizing the core values that have made the WBA
The 2009 playing season will run from May
Lionel Garrett, Commissioner of the WBA Exposure
League, says they have no choice but to ground
the Alabama Airmen franchise for the 2009
The potential owner, who lives in
Atlanta, had no substantial contacts in
Birmingham that would work out.
Garrett has hopes there can still be a
franchise in Birmingham sometime in the future.