Nashville gets another basketball team?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 4:27pm
Staff Reports

The city of Nashville will have a charter franchise in the United States Basketball Association, the league announced Tuesday.

Nashville is currently home to the Nashville Broncs, who despite a change in ownership, wrapped up its first season here in March.

The USBA is based in Atlanta and has franchises in Atlanta; Birmingham, Montgomery, Ala.; Richmond, Va.; Savannah, Ga.; Columbia, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Augusta, Ga. and in Huntington, W.V.

The schedule will consist of 20 games; (10 home, 10 away), the league said.

Named the Nashville Thunder, the team will play its home games at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center, and will be coached by Eric Vaughn.

Most recently, Vaughn was the boys’ basketball coach at Keystone High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has previous professional experience with the Ft. Wayne Fury and the Gary Steelheads of the Continental Basketball Association.

“I am very honored to have been given a chance to be a head coach at the professional level. We will bring an exciting brand of basketball to the Nashville area that is fan friendly and affordable as well,” Vaughn said.

The season and home opener is set for Saturday May 9 at the Gentry Center against the Augusta Raging River. Tip time is set for 7:35.

For more information on the league, click here.


4 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/29/09 at 7:08

Affordable? Why didn't you put the price range and let the readers determine that with the information you should have provided.

By: jwk6179 on 4/29/09 at 7:44

Why does the city of Nashville and the Nashville Sports Media WASTE THEIR TIME with these upstart leagues that end up being nothing but a joke? Don't you recall the joke the ABA was the first time they had a team in Nashville, the Nashville Rhythm, where the OWNER'S wife "FIRED" the head coach, Ashley McElhenney (sp) during the game? Or the Global Basketball League in 1990, where the Music City Jammers was one of the Charter teams of the league, only to move to Jackson, TN a quarter of the way into the season?

By: jwk6179 on 4/29/09 at 8:06

If the NBA ever comes to Nashville, that is the time to get excited about a 'NEW' basketball team playing in Nashville, but until then, FORGET THESE JOKE TEAMS IN THESE UPSTART JOKE LEAGUES!!!!

By: Advblondie on 4/29/09 at 10:42

You know, if our local sports fans would rally behind these start up teams and help these leagues get off the ground, they wouldn't be considered JOKE TEAMS and might actually help to bring tourism dollars into our city for regular games and championship games. If you are an avid sports fan in general, and love basketball, why not give these teams a shot? Check out their stats, check out a game or two, before you just automatically consider them a joke. The past is the past and we need to look to our future as a sporting event destination city as well as music city! Give these guys a chance!