Dianne Kirksey, a native of Eutaw, says she and
two others have the option to form a United
States Basketball League team in Alabama when
the league begins its second season in 1986. The
others are Dick Barnett and Michael Floyd,
co-owners of the New York franchise. "A site has
not been picked for Alabama yet, but it will
likely be Birmingham," Kirksey said.
currently is a media consultant for the USBL's
New York franchise. Kirksey will be in charge of
the halftime shows for the New York franchise
and will syndicate shows for other teams in the
league. Kirksey is also an actress, having
appeared on television, in movies and on stage.
In 1968, she became the first black member of a
University of Alabama homecoming court.
The USBL will begin its first season this
late this year and will mainly operate in the
Northeast, but has plans to expand into the
South and West next year.