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American Basketball League (1996-1998)

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The ABL was a women’s professional league which launched in 1996 and competed with the NBA-backed Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).  The ABL initially attracted better talent than the WNBA, thanks to better salaries and benefits.  But the league was unable to compete for coveted sponsorships and television contracts.  The ABL folded on December 22, 1998 only two months into its third season of play.

Franchise List

Franchise Years Active Tagged Posts
Atlanta Glory 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Chicago Condors 1998 Tagged Posts
Colorado Xplosion 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Columbus Quest 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Long Beach Stingrays 1997-1998 Tagged Posts
Nashville Noise 1998 Tagged Posts
New England Blizzard 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Philadelphia Rage 1997-1998 Tagged Posts
Portland Power 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Richmond Rage 1996-1997 Tagged Posts
San Jose Lasers 1996-1998 Tagged Posts
Seattle Reign 1996-1998 Tagged Posts


==Notable Players==

  • Teresa Edwards (Atlanta Glory, Philadelphia Rage 1996-1998)
  • Yolanda Griffith (Long Beach Stingrays, Chicago Condors 1997-1998)
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Richmond Rage 1996-1997)



1997-98 American Basketball League Human Resources Manual


Written by AC

March 25th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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  1. Greetings from the No 1 Rage Fan. It truly was fun while it lasted. I still have my sneakers from Nike and the Vibe Magazine which featured me in it’s article about the ABL. No more sloppy cartwheels and splits. Too old for that!

    January 2, 2014

    Betty Waller Gray

    2 Jan 14 at 6:56 pm

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