A former KU basketball player has brought a professional basketball team to Kansas City. The team name will be decided in an upcoming fan contest.
A new Kansas City professional basketball team will unveil this week. The team, which does not have a name yet, will be a part of the new North American Premier Basketball League (NAPB) and will play its home games at Municipal Auditorium.
David Magley, the new league’s co-founder and president, was a former University of Kansas forward and the former commissioner of the NBL of Canada. The NAPB was also founded by Sev Hrywnak, who owns the Premier Basketball League. So far, teams in Albany, NY; Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; Owensboro, KY; and Kansas City have been announced. In order to own or purchase a team in the league, a group must have a net worth of $2.5 million; the franchise fee is $200,000 with a $50,000 returnable deposit after two years.
Players will be compensated between $1,500 and $5,000 per month, based on their skill level, and will likely come from local universities in Kansas and Missouri. They’ll also be active in community schools, serving as role models in anti-bullying campaigns and the education of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
According to The Kansas City Star, Magley created the NAPB “to bring franchises to many of the 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada that once had pro basketball teams in either the NBA, ABA, CBA or NBA D-League, which has moved out of some markets the last few years.”
The public will decide on the team name via an upcoming contest.
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