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March 5, 2010
      Continental Basketball League logo
The Continental Basketball League's commissioner, Dennis Truax, announces the addition of their fifth team, the Birmingham Steel.

In addition to Birmingham, the league currently has franchises slated for Marietta, Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Savannah.

The CBL is a new basketball league based in Ft. Lauderdale.

The league plans to play a 20 game schedule that will go from the middle of April through the end of June.

The Steel will be owned by Richard Ashmon, who played professional basketball in Europe and the U.S. minor leagues. Ashmon has coached in the World Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association, and the TPBL. He has also coached and worked with National Basketball Association players to help refine their skills. In his professional life, Ashmon owns and operates 52Sportsent, a company that assists basketball players in finding an agent. The company also manages professional musicians.

Ashmon will also be the team's head coach and general manager. "Richard has a proven track record in the business and basketball worlds. His ideas for community outreach and involving at-risk youth with his team will be a model for the CBL," said Truax.

May 2010
  Continental Basketball League   
    Birmingham Steel
    Carolina Cougarz 
    Georgia Gwizzlies
    Savannah Wildcats
    Wilmington Sea Dawgs
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Birmingham Steel logo    Carolina Cougarz logo    Georgia Gwizzlies logo    Savannah Wildcats logo   Wilmington Sea Dogs logo
Birmingham Steel   Carolina Cougarz   Georgia Gwizzlies   Savannah Wildcats
  Wilmington Sea Dawgs
May 11, 2010
       World Basketball Association logo
The World Basketball Association announces that effective immediately the Birmingham Steel would be withdrawing from the Continental Basketball and joining the WBA.

The WBA is set to start its seventh season.

The addition of Birmingham to the league keeps the WBA membership at seven teams in four states after the league suspended operations of the Tupelo Rock & Rollers for the remainder of the season. WBA commissioner William Slaton is hopeful that the Rock & Rollers will return to the league in 2011. "The Tupelo franchise didn't meet league standards for the 2010 season. However, we're working towards them being back in the league next year."

Birmingham will assume Tupelo's schedule, with one exception. Tupelo was scheduled to travel to Marietta to take on the Marietta Storm Thursday in both team's season openers, but that game has been moved to May 28th. Instead, the Steel will open their WBA campaign Saturday against the Florida Flight at Leeds High School.

Each WBA team will play 16 regular season games before the playoffs, which are scheduled to start in mid-July.

The Steel will still be owned by Richard Ashmon, and he will remain the Steel's head coach and general manager.

May 2010
  World Basketball Association   
    Birmingham Steel
    Decatur Court Kings
    Florida Flight
    Franklin Knights
    Gwinnett Majic
    Jacksonville Bluewaves
    Marietta Storm
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Birmingham Steel logo    Decatur Court Kings logo    Florida Flight logo    Franklin Knights logo   Gwinnett Majic logo
Birmingham Steel   Decatur Court Kings   Florida Flight   Franklin Knights   Gwinnett Majic
Jacksonville Bluewaves logo   Marietta Storm logo            
Jacksonville Bluewaves   Marietta Storm            
The Birmingham Steel never played a single game as a member of the World Basketball Association.

No formal announcement was ever made by the team or league as to why, but the lack of proper funding is the most likely reason.

The Continental Basketball League continued to play until they ceased operations after the 2011 season

The World Basketball Association continued to play but the league suspended operations after the 2013 season.
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Last update: June 03, 2019