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  1. Today I will be starting my first series on the forums; the ABL (American Basketball League), a North American basketball league which replaces the NBA in an alternate universe. The league will consist of 30 teams, split up like so: East- Atlantic Division New York Washington Boston Hartford Philadelphia Great Lakes Division Fort Wayne Racers Milwaukee Hops Montreal Columbus Ottawa Gulf Division Tampa Nashville New Orleans Jacksonville Pensacola West- Pacific Division Seattle Honolulu San Diego Los Angeles Vancouver Mountain Range Division Colorado Renegades Vegas Salt Lake <- Next Team Boise Mexico City Midwest Division Iowa Kings Kansas City Texas Omaha Dakota Teams as of 6/17/2018 Past Champions 53 - 54 - Louisiana Kings 55 - 56 - Fort Wayne Tigers 57 - Fort Wayne Tigers 58 - Louisiana Kings 59 - Fort Wayne Checkerds 60 - 61 - Fort Wayne Checkerds 62 - Louisiana Kings 63 - Fort Wayne Checkerds 64 - Fort Wayne Checkerds 65 - Louisiana Kings 66 - Fort Wayne Checkerds 67 - 68 - Louisiana Kings 69 - 70 - 71 - 72 - 73 - Louisiana Kings 74 - 75 - 76 - 77 - 78 - 79 - Colorado Bandits 80 - 81 - Louisiana Kings 82 - 83 - 84 - Fort Wayne Racers 85 - 86 - 87 - 88 - Fort Wayne Racers 89 - 90 - 91 - 92 - Louisiana Kings 93 - 94 - Colorado Bandits 95 - 96 - 97 - 98 - 99 - 00 - 01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - Colorado Renegades 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - I will be creating a main logo, 1-2 secondary/partial logos, a home and away uniform, and 1-2 alternate uniforms. Maybe courts as well in the future. I will also try to give a backstory for each team (past success, past players and coaches, past identities, etc). Nike is the official apparel sponsor for the league, just like the modern day NBA. Feel free to make suggestions for cities and nicknames for the ? teams! Even if there are no more open spots I still may change some cities.
  2. In an alternate universe, Bernie Bishop and Mel Trovato form the American Basketball League, or ABL, in 1951. It consists of 8 teams in the Northeast and Midwest. Here are there standings after the first season (they're randomized without any bias): Eastern Conference New York Empire (12-4) Philadelphia Bells (10-6) Boston Revs (7-9) Baltimore Poets (5-11) Western Conference Chicago Howling Wind (13-3) Minnesota Saws (11-5) Detroit Motors (8-8) Milwaukee Brew (4-12) In the Playoffs, the two higest teams in the conferences play each other to determine who goes to the Ultra Game. Here's who goes: Philadelphia Bells wins over New York Empire (3-2) Chicago Howling Wind wins ove Minnesota Saws (3-0) And the winner of the Ultra Game is... Chicago Howling Wind! They win over Philadelphia (3-1) That's all I have right now. Except for this logo: C&C is always appreciated.
  3. The American Baseball League was formed in 1936 when 6 teams met in Washington, DC, in hopes of bringing the United States out of the Great Depression. Franchises were placed in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, and Christopher Husley was elected the first commissioner of the ABL. The ABL is divided into the American Conference and the National Conference, each with 3 geographically-named subdivisions: East, Central, and West. These two conferences came into existence when the twelfth team was formed in 1958. As years passed, more expansion teams were created, and the ABL reached 24 teams in 2003. Below is a map of the teams' current locations: Each year, 8 out of the 24 ABL teams make the playoffs. Each division winner receives an automatic berth, and the team with the next-highest record in their respective conference earns a wild card spot. Each round is a best-of-five series, with the winner moving on after winning 3 games. The playoffs end with the ABL Championship Series between the two conference champions, and the winner of that is crowned the ABL Champion. The league logos are all relatively simple, yet strong. The main league logo has six stars around its edges, representing the six subdivisions in the league. Each conference logo has twelve stars, representing the twelve teams in their conference. The uniforms used in the ABL are similar to those in the MLB. The primary home uniform can be either white, grey/silver, sand/tan/cream, or powder blue. The primary road uniform is one of the team's colors, with the same color pants as the home uniform. Teams may have a maximum of two alternate jerseys, and three total caps. Throwbacks are not included as alternate jerseys. Teams will also receive a 4th of July uniform set, a Memorial Day uniform set, and a Cinco-de-Mayo uniform set. Teams may create patches to be placed on uniforms to honor those affected by local, national, or global catastrophes, team anniversaries (i.e., 10, 25, 50, 100), or in honor of certain people. These are the team names with their color schemes, divided into their conferences. Some are subject to minor changes, but most are set in stone: Iowa Dusters | New Mexico Suns | Philadelphia Liberty | New York Knights | Portland Loggers | Indiana Tribe | Arizona Sidewinders