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) February 2, 1967 Dissolved by the league in December 1975.
Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (1968-70)
Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace (1970-75)
Dallas / Texas Chaparrals / San Antonio Spurs Dallas, Texas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
Moody Coliseum
February 2, 1967 n/a Joined the NBA in 1976.
Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center (1970-71)
Dallas, Texas Moody Coliseum (1971-73)
San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena (1973-76)
Houston Mavericks / Carolina Cougars / Spirits of St. Louis Houtson, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum (1967-69) February 2, 1967 1976 Folded in 1976 after a merger with the NBA failed.
Greensboro / Charlotte / Raleigh, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum / Charlotte Coliseum / Dorton Arena (1969-74)
St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena (1974-76)
Indiana Pacers Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana State Fair Coliseum / Market Square Arena (1967-76) February 2, 1967 n/a 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) February 2, 1967 1972 Folded.
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) 1975 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) February 2, 1967 n/a 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) February 2, 1967 May 1976 Dissolved by the league.
Washington, D.C. Washington Coliseum (1969-70)
Norfolk / Hampton / Richmond / 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) February 2, 1967 1972 Folded
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) 1975 Folded.

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 Denver Auditorium Arena • Island Garden • Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • McNichols Sports Arena • Mid-South Coliseum • Salt Palace
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