The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a Men’s Professional Basketball League. The ABA has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world! The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. Only four original ABA teams went on to great success with the NBA. Those teams were the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets.
In 1999, Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham founded the league. It was the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976. Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Some of the most notable ABA players include Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Moses Malone along with, many others that went on to be successful NBA players. The ABA, in partnership with the NBA, has been operating in harmony for the past 20 plus years.