MAD ANTS TO TIPOFF NBA D-LEAGUE SEASON

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants and new head coach Joey Meyer will tip off the franchise’s third season in the NBA Development League on Friday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. EST when they host the Erie Bayhawks at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Mad Ants-Bayhawks contest is the first of 50 regular season games for the Mad Ants, 24 of which will take place at Memorial Coliseum. The Mad Ants will also take part in the 2010 NBA D-League Showcase that will take place from January 4-7 at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Also highlighting the 2009-10 NBA D-League schedule is the All-Star Game and Dream Factory which is part of NBA Jam Session presented by Adidas at NBA All-Star 2010 in Dallas.

For the first time, the NBA D-League will feature two conferences, East and West, for the 2009-10 season with the Red Claws and Armor joining the Eastern Conference. The Eastern Conference will consist of the Dakota Wizards, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Iowa Energy, Maine Red Claws, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Springfield Armor, while the Western Conference includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Austin Toros, Bakersfield Jam, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Idaho Stampede, Reno Bighorns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tulsa 66ers and Utah Flash.

Fans can join Coach Joey Meyer and the Mad Ants organization in their quest for a D-League Championship by purchasing season ticket packages for the 2009-10 season now by calling the Mad Ants’ office at (260) 469-4667.

About the NBA Development League:

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 Season. This fall two new NBA D-League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield, Mass.—the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

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