Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it has signed an agreement with ESPN to broadcast many ABA games during the upcoming season that begins Saturday, November 5th.  "We are very pleased and proud with this new partnership with ESPN," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman.  "We have just introduced "First to 50," a new concept for basketball which focuses on the score rather than the time similar to tennis, volleyball and golf.  It is a major breakthrough for basketball featuring a best of three format.  It is totally designed for the digital age and will be introduced on ESPN."

In addition, ESPN will be carrying the 2017 ABA Semi-Finals and Finals to be held in Baltimore, MD in April.  This season marks the 50th Anniversary of the ABA and the 16th season since the league was re-established.  Antjuan "Tjuan Benafactor" Washington, ABA VP of Media and Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer for the ESPN broadcast games.  "While the basketball format is very exciting, we are going to add the element of music to the broadcasts in a way that has not been done before," added Washington.  "The ABA is known for innovation; the ESPN "First to 50" games will give new meaning to the word innovation.  For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com.



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