American Basketball Association

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The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a men's professional basketball league that existed from 1967 to 1976. Much of the league's history was marked by financial difficulties and instability with its franchises. The ABA ceased to exist with the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Four of the existing ABA teams at the time of the merger (the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) joined the NBA.

Teams

Franchise Locations Venues Founded Ended Fate
Anaheim Amigos / Los Angeles Stars / Utah Stars Anaheim California Anaheim Convention Center 1967-68 Dissolved by the league in December 1975.
Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 1968-1970
Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace 1970-1975
Dallas / Texas Chaparrals / San Antonio Spurs Dallas Texas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
Moody Coliseum
1967-1970 Joined the NBA in 1976.
Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center 1970-1971
Dallas, Texas Moody Coliseum 1971-1973
San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena 1973-1976
Houston Mavericks / Carolina Cougars / Spirits of St. Louis Houtson, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum 1967-1969 Folded in 1976 after a merger with the NBA failed.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Greensboro Coliseum
Charlotte Coliseum
Dorton Arena
1969-1974
St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena 1974-1976
Indiana Pacers Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana State Fair Coliseum
Market Square Arena
1967-1976 Joined the NBA in 1976.
Denver Rockets / Nuggets Denver, Colorado Denver Auditorium Arena
McNichols Sports Arena
1967-76 Joined the NBA in 1976.
Kentucky Colonels Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Convention Center
Freedom Hall
March 6, 1967 July 17, 1976 Folded
Minnesota Muskies / Miami Floridians / The Floridians Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center 1967-68 Folded in June 1972.
Miami Beach, Florida Miami Beach Convention Hall 1968-72
St. Petersburg, Florida Bayfront Arena 1970-72
New Orleans Buccaneers / Memphis Pros / Tams / Sounds New Orleans, Louisiana Loyola Field House
Tulane Gym
Municipal Auditorium
1967-70 Relocated to Baltimore in 1975 but folded without playing a game there.
Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum 1970-75
New Jersey Americans / New York Nets Teaneck, New Jersey Teaneck Armory 1967-68 Joined the NBA in 1976.
Commack, New York Long Island Arena 1968-69
West Hempstead, New York Island Garden 1969-72
Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1972-76
Oakland Oaks / Washington Caps / Virginia Squires Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena 1967-69 Dissolved by the league in May 1976.
Washington, D.C. Washington Coliseum 1969-70
Norfolk, Virginia
Hampton, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Norfolk Scope
Hampton Coliseum
Richmond Coliseum
Roanoke Civic Center
Old Dominion University Fieldhouse
Richmond Arena
1970-76
Pittsburgh Pipers / Minnesota Pipers / Pittsburgh Pipers / Condors Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1967-68 Folded in 1972.
Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center 1968-69
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1969-72
San Diego Conquistadors / Sails San Diego, California Peterson Gym
Golden Hall
San Diego Sports Arena
1972-75 Folded in November 1975.

See also

Seasons

1960s 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70
1970s 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76
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Teams ABA league publications • Denver Nuggets • The Floridians • Indiana Pacers • Kentucky Colonels • Memphis Sounds • New York Nets • Pittsburgh Condors • San Antonio Spurs • San Diego Sails • Spirits of St. Louis • Utah Stars • Virginia Squires
Seasons 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70 • 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76
Venues Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • McNichols Sports Arena • Salt Palace
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