Key Transaction Definitions
Release: Player has been released from his contract and is free to sign with another team in the MPBA or elsewhere.
Foreign: Player has been released from team in order to sign with a team in a foreign league. Other U.S. minor league or semi-pro organizations do not qualify for this designation. The team from which a player leaves has the first right of refusal should the player wish to return to the MPBA during the same season. A Foreign Release does not count against a team's allotted roster moves.
Refusal to Report (RTR): Player has left the team of his own accord, either for personal reasons or to join another U.S. minor league or semi-pro team. A player being designated as RTR will not be allowed to return to ANY team in the MPBA for a period of one year from the date of his RTR designation. An RTR does not count against a team's allotted roster moves.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2021
Howard Jordan, Commissioner
(Fort Wayne, IN) The Unified Basketball Alliance, Inc. (UBA) announced that the 2021 UBA Showcase Event would feature six games beginning on January 16, 2021. The Event begins on January 15, with Media Day, practice sessions, and a press conference to be hosted by Epic Center (formerly Spiece Fieldhouse) in Fort Wayne.
Four of the charter UBA teams will participate in the event. The New York Strong, Harlem Black Rattlers, Indiana Swarm and St. Louis Riversharks will play six games in the showcase events.
South Haven Christian Church Recreation Center (Valparaiso, IN) will host two games on Saturday January 16 at 2pm and 4pm. Concordia Seminary (Ft. Wayne, IN) will host 3 games. On Monday January 18 the games will be part of the Martin Luther King day celebration and will be played at noon and 2pm. The UBA and Concordia Seminary are pleased to support the MLK Club, Inc of Ft Wayne and their activities celebrating the day. On Tuesday 1/19 there will be one game played at Concordia at 3pm. The final game of the showcase will be played in New York when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
The Showcase Event was originally scheduled for July, 2020 in New York but because of the Covid-19 pandemic had been postponed and rescheduled several time. The UBA because of its alliance with the Midwest Professional Basketball Association (MPBA) and the Minor League Challenge (MLC) organization decided to move five games of the event to the Midwest because of the success the MPBA and MLC had in sponsoring five different events including the inaugural multi day Minor League Challenge in July and three MPBA showcases at various locations and a UBA Combine event. The MLC event and the UBA combine were held at Concordia Seminary with strict Covid-19 protocols administered. Temperature checks, mandatory mask use, social distancing, enhanced sanitary measures, and limited attendance were part of the standards used and will be in effect at all showcase events
Commissioner Howard Jordan and Associate Commissioner Ed Schumer will be in attendance.
The New York coaching contingent includes Lloyd Desvigne, Sam Worthen, Jason Cole, Gerard Jones, Brian Coleman, and James Ryan. The Midwest contingent includes Bennie Lewis, Preston Thomas, Alondray Rogers, Philip Gary, Rick Lewis, and Brian C. Johnson.
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