With a legacy that dates back to the early 1980s, the Albany Patroons are one of the most famous semi-professional basketball teams to come out of the Capital Region. After a long hiatus, the team is officially back in action.
At a press conference held on Wednesday, it was announced that the Patroons will be playing in the North American Premier Basketball League, which was announced in July, and currently holds teams in Rochester and Seattle. It also has applications for teams in Vancouver, Las Vegas and Hawaii.
The NAPBL has hosted a number of combines this month in Winnipeg, Dallas, Texas and South Bend, Indiana. Local combines are expected to be held, as well.
“There is nothing semi about our organization,” NAPBL president Dave Magley said, adding that the teams will play a competitive game, travel the right way and players will conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Magley also noted that games will be livestreamed.
The NAPBL will run from January through April with playoffs in May, beginning in 2018. The first season will feature 8-12 teams spread across the United States and Western Canada with 96-144 jobs available.
Magley formerly was the Commissioner for National Basketball League Canada and played for Kansas University and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Patroons originally played in the Continental Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League in the 1980s, featuring head coach Phil Jackson who led the team to the 1984 championship.
The team moved in 1993 and rejoined the CBA during the 2005-06 season before folding in 2009.
The Patroons will play their home games at the Washington Armory.
“It’s the revival of Albany’s hometown team, the Patroons,” Washington Armory GM Michael Corts said. “When this building was renovated it was in the green and gold of the Patroons with basketball in mind.”
According to Magley, tickets will range from $8-25. The team will need roughly 1,500 fans attending each game to keep the league afloat.
For more information, visit http://napbasketball.com.