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Will Birmingham join the WBA Exposure League?

January 21, 2009
The WBA Exposure League announces the addition of Birmingham as a franchise for the 2009 season.

The team will be named the Alabama Airmen.

Birmingham will join seven other franchises, the Buford Majic, Decatur Court Kings, Marietta Storm, Memphis Blues, Palm Coast Blue Waves, Rome Gladiators, and Tyrone Tornadoes.

The Magic City had a team in the league once before, then simply known as the World Basketball Association. The Magic City Court Kings played for two years, 2005 and 2006.

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 as 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 successful."

The playing season will run from May until July.

March 1, 2009
Lionel Garrett, commissioner of the WBA Exposure League, says they have no choice but to ground the Alabama Airmen franchise for the 2009 season.

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.

May 2009

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Epilogue
The following year, the Birmingham Steel attempted to join the league after playing just two games in the Continental Basketball League. The team folded before playing any games in the WBA.

Unfortunately, the WBA Exposure league didn't fare much better in the long run. The league played off and on until the 2013 season before permanently ceasing operations.
 
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