ABA team, Bay Lions, coming to city

SPORTS DIGEST

June 01, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The American Basketball Association announced yesterday that it would return to the city of Baltimore in the fall under the leadership of businesswoman Kia Feaster.

"We've always felt that Baltimore could be, should be, a premier city for the ABA with the right ownership," ABA chief executive officer Joe Newman said in a news release. "Kia attended the ABA league meeting in April, and we have no doubt about her ability and commitment."

Baltimore native Kirk Mitchell will be director of operations and head coach. Playing professionally in Holland, Switzerland and England has encouraged him to write International Basketball, a player's guide and CD-ROM. Towson University's new sports management program will work with Kirk and the Bay Lions.

"Thanks to Coach Mitchell, the Bay Lions are able to recruit worldwide by providing room and board for up to three players," Feaster, a Baltimore native, said in a release.

The Bay Lions' inaugural season will begin in November at 1st Mariner Arena. Feaster said the team will have its Web site up "within days."

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