OAKLAND COUNTY COWBOYS MOVE TO GRANDE PRAIRIE, CANADA
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Oakland County Cowboys which played last season in the Detroit metro area has moved to Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada
joining the Calgary Crush as the second ABA team in the province. “This is a great move,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “The Calgary Crush have been doing a tremendous job as our only Canadian team and went undefeated during the regular season this past year. The support they’ve received is outstanding – so Giovanni Rogers, the owner of the Grand Prairie Cowboys, certainly has a tough act to follow. Knowing Giovanni, he is definitely up to the challenge.”
“It came down to Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie,” added Rogers. “Grand Prairie had everything for what I wanted to do. You have the facilities, a very good basketball fan base, an excellent college league…we are looking for a crowd of people that enjoy the sport of basketball. Most ABA owners try being somewhere where we can plant a seed and Grande Prairie seemed like the best place to be to do that and be successful.”
“Although the Calgary Crush play in a city of more than a million people,:” said Sal Rashidian, owner of the Calgary Crush,” the prospect of playing in a city the size of Grand Prairie is appealing because of its size. I think small markets work because people don’t have that much to do..and if you have local players, then all of their family and relatives come out and support them.”
Rogers plans on a roster of both Canadian and American players with tryouts scheduled shortly. “Our season will begin in mid-November so we have a lot to do and not much time to do it,” concluded Rogers.