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PITTSBURGH A PARODY

"Golden Flames" Should Fit Right In
Updated 2:24pm ET Monday, August 19, 2002

Will Pittsburgh ever see the ABA?

By almostbasketball Staff

PITTSBURGH (August 19, 2002) - Before it has even played a game, the ABA's new Pittsburgh franchise has proven that it fits right in with the rest of the league.

After a story in Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the team's owner had pulled it out of Pittsburgh, Wayne Butler denied it in a story in Monday's edition of the paper.

The intrigue comes a month after ABA CEO Joe Newman said Pittsburgh was "a done deal."

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The team was to be called the Pittsburgh Patriots and was to hold an introductory press conference on August 11. Now Butler says it will be called the "Golden Flames" and the press conference will be on September 10.

There seems to be a difference of opinion as to the team's leadership as well, with Butler claiming that former CBA executive Kenny Reynolds is the General Manager, while Reynolds disputes that.

With all the controversy with the team just over a month old, it seems obvious why the ABA chose this group to manage an expansion franchise.

Legends Lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2002) - In what is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg, eight former players for the ABA's Indiana Legends have sued the league and CEO Joe Newman, attempting to recover more than $160,000 in wages, per diem, housing allowances and benefits in a lawsuit filed in Marion (IN) Superior Court on July 1.

Former Legends Daimon Bethea, Coleco Buie, Michael Hart, Deron Hayes, Ryan Hoover, Jeff Nordgaard, Michael Robinson and Tremaine Wingfield seek "unpaid wages, double that amount in liquidated damages, attorneys' fees, costs and all other appropriate relief" in the first of two counts in the suit. The second count alleges breach of contract, with the plaintiffs seeking compensation and costs. While rumors of players going without pay have circulated throughout the ABA's short history, this is the first time a lawsuit seeking back wages from the league has been made public.

Nordgaard was arguably the Legends' best and most consistent player in the league's inaugural season of 2000-2001, when all eight of the plaintiffs played for Indiana and the team went 17-23.

Bethea, Buie, Hart, Robinson, and Wingfield also played for the team in its second season, when it went 10-22 and finished sixth among seven teams in the league standings.

Said Newman, "Anybody in the world has the right to sue."

Don't be surprised if many more former ABA players exercise that right before long.





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---Wayne Butler, apparent owner of the ABA's new Pittsburgh franchise, which is coming together nicely.

LINKS
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CROWD CONTROL
Team (Missing*)GTotalAvg.
Kansas City 2045,2962,265
S.California2021,6151,081
Phoenix1816,737930
Las Vegas (6)31,267422
Kentucky (3)165,430334
Indiana (9)3494165
Chicago (2)000
Detroit (13)000
LEAGUE (32)8090,8841,136
League w/o KC6045,543759
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(Indiana 1/15/02, 1/21/02, 1/31/02, 3/8/02, 3/13/02, 3/14/02, 3/18/02, 3/19/02, 3/25/02, Chicago 1/20/02, 1/23/02, Detroit 1/26/02, 2/14/02, 2/16/02, 3/9/02, 3/10/02, 3/12/02, 3/13/02, 3/20/02, 3/23/02, 3/24/02, 3/27/02, 3/29/02, 4/6/02, Kentucky 2/17/02, 2/24/02, 3/2/02, S.California 4/7/02, Las Vegas 3/3/02, 3/5/02, 3/6/02, 3/18/02, 3/19/02, 3/23/02, 4/2/02)