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Will Birmingham join the United States Basketball League?

March 19, 1985
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 involved 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.

Kirksey 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 later this year and will mainly operate in the Northeast, but has plans to expand into the South and West next year.

The United States Basketball League bucked the odds and actually had a second season. Unfortunately, Birmingham was not one of the seven teams.

Birmingham had another brush with the United States Basketball League in 1986
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