CANTON OH - Developing and implementing a new professional basketball league is no easy task. Perhaps one of the hardest things to do is to establish and build a fan base for a product that will not bee seen for another nine months.
With that in mind, the Global Professional Basketball League will provide periodic updates on the progress and state of the league and will post this information not only on the leagues web site, but on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in order to provide our growing fan base with as much information about the league as possible.
Executive Director Lynn Mickles expects to start announcing teams over the next month, the first of which will be the league’s Inaugural team out of Lancaster PA.
Andrew Haines, Chief Consultant for the GPBL added; "We received 73 applications from prospective owners across the country and that gives us an opportunity to sort through and find the strongest candidates possible and that will only make us strong from top to bottom."
The GPBL has built a strong foundation with a solid front office featuring former Harlem Globetrotter James "Twiggy" Sanders as Commissioner, Chris Munson as Director of Basketball Operations, Leah Haines as Director of Compliance, Don Seroka as Director of Media and Public Relations and Lawrence M. Bocci as Legal Counsel to work side by side with Andrew Haines and Lynn Mickles.
A solid team to move forward with yet there are still a few front office positions that Mickles is looking to fill; "We are still looking to hire a Director of Officiating." Interested parties should go to the GPBL web site to apply.
What this team has managed to do in just a few short weeks is establish partnerships with a couple of major sponsors. 1st job in sports has come on board to provide expertise and assistance in filling the new teams with qualified interns and entry level workers. "This will be a tremendous help to the new owners, some of which have never operated a professional sports team" said Don Seroka.
Ego Sports Inc. has joined the GPBL team as the official provider of uniforms and apparel. An aggressive and talented ownership group led by Ego Ferguson has taken this one time home business and propelled it into the teeth of the sports industry using unique custom designs and competitive pricing. The GPBL is thrilled to have them as a key partner for the upcoming season.
Another sponsor that recently came on board is Seat Advisor Inc., an up and coming ticket management and printing system that provides box office software and ticketing systems which combine with integrated Internet sales. "This will be a very useful tool league wide and take some pressure off of teams that will play in a venue with out an existing ticketing system" said Andrew Haines.
FS Design has signed on to be the exclusive designer of logos and graphics for the GPBL. Founded by Francis Santaquilani in 1995, the Chattanooga Tennessee based design company has developed Logo's and team graphics for REEBOK, the NBA, WNBA, NBDL, NCAA and numerous minor league sports including the Arena Football League and the Continental Basketball Association.
As far as expansion development goes, the Lancaster Liberty has become the leagues keystone team and will be owned by Jim and Vicki Haines. Following close on their heels, Max Green will own the GPBL's second team, the North Jersey Runnin Regulators. The Canton Conquest will be the leagues 3rd franchise and will host the leagues first Free Agent camp on August 15th and 16th in Canton OH. We expect to have as many as a dozen teams or more on board for our first league meeting at the end of May.Overall the league is progressing as planned. To keep in touch with the happenings of the GPBL, visit our web site at www.thegpbl.com.
Director of Media and Public Relations
Global Professional Basketball League
Haines Consulting Group