Friday
Nov202009

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Special Discounts for Springfield Armor Ticket Holders

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts is offering a special $10 admission for all adult (age 16 and up) visitors and $8 admission for all youth (ages 5 - 15) guests who show their NBA D-League Springfield Armor game day tickets prior to admission into the museum.  Offer is only valid on Springfield Armor home game days. 

The Springfield Armor will make their season debut on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 7pm versus the Iowa Energy, who are affiliates of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns.  The day after Thanksgiving will be a historic one for the City of Springfield, who earlier in the day will be hosting the Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons at 11am in downtown Springfield, plus Tower Square will also host an open house with multiple activities from 11am-2pm.  The Springfield Armor’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Six Flags of New England and will be a red carpet event complete with non-stop family-style entertainment, along with contest opportunities, giveaways and much more for those in attendance. 

The Naismth Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will have extended museum hours until 5pm on Friday, November 27th and encourage fans to visit any of the area downtown restaurants before heading over to the game.  The Hall of Fame complex is home to several fine eateries including Max’s Tavern, Cold Stone Creamery, Pazzo Ristorante, Subway Sandwich Shop, Samuel’s Sports Bar, j.Quincy’s, UNO Chicago Grill and Onyx Fusion Bar & Restaurant. 

The Hall of Fame is open daily from 10am – 4pm, Sunday through Friday and until 5pm on Saturdays.  Regular adult admission is $16.99 and $11.99 for ages 5-15.  Under 5 years is FREE.  Senior Citizens can enjoy a discount admission of $13.99.  Annual Pass is $39.99.  Parking is FREE.  For information on groups of 15 or more or multi-day tickets go to www.hoophall.com or call 877-4HOOPLA.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, international, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

About the Springfield Armor

With an ownership group led by Massachusetts-based Michael Savit, NBA Springfield was announced as the NBA Development League’s second team in New England during a press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on March 31.  Beginning on November 27th, the Springfield Armor will play a 50-game schedule, including 24 home dates at the MassMutual Center. 

Emphasizing affordable family entertainment and NBA-caliber basketball, the Springfield Armor has season tickets beginning at just $91! The Armor needed just over four months to reach 1,000 season tickets but still have great seats available.  For more information about season, group or flex tickets, please call (413) 746-3263 or visit www.armorhoops.com.

Monday
Nov162009

Hall of Fame Showcase Tips Off 2009-10 College Basketball Season With Nationally Televised Doubleheader

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville and Memphis Set to do Battle in St. Louis Tomorrow

Four of the nation’s premier programs will tip-off the 2009-10 college basketball season at the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase in a nationally televised doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in St. Louis. The Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, will play host to the annual doubleheader featuring Arkansas versus Louisville and Kansas taking on Memphis. The event, managed by BEST (Blue Entertainment Sports Television), is an annual benefit for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

The doubleheader will be aired on the ESPN family of networks with the Louisville-Arkansas game will tip at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 followed by the Kansas-Memphis contest at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN.

 

In a rematch of the 2008 NCAA Championship game, Kansas will battle Memphis in what promises to be another classic tilt. Kansas, predicted by most analysts to be preseason No. 1 next season, rallied to win the 2008 crown in overtime against the Tigers in one of the most competitive championship games ever played. The Jayhawks, who have more than 6,000 alums in the St. Louis area, finished last season by winning the Big 12 regular-season title and earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Memphis finished the 2009 regular season as the No. 2-ranked team in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and received a No. 2 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.  Led by then-head coach John Calipari, the Tigers became the first NCAA Division I program to win 30 games in four consecutive seasons and hold the NCAA record for most wins over a four-year span. But with Calipari now coaching at Kentucky, Josh Pastner, a former assistant for Calipari, will now make his national coaching debut against the Jayhawks.

 

Louisville swept the Big East regular season and tournament titles in 2009 and finished the 2008-09 regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25. Rick Pitino’s Cardinals also earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Pitino will match coaching acumen with one of his former players, John Pelphrey, who will be entering his third year at the helm of the Razorbacks’ program. Pelphrey was a member of the famed “Unforgettables” team at Kentucky which lost to Duke in the classic 1992 NCAA Tournament East Regional Final.

 

“We are thrilled to feature four of the absolute best college basketball programs in the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase,” said Brooks Downing, Executive Vice President, BEST Collegiate Sports. “This doubleheader has become one of the premier events in all of college basketball, and with this lineup, it will rank as the very best in the sport next season.”

 

The annual event was launched in Dec. 2006 in Phoenix and last year served as the first basketball event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It has become an “all-star game” for college sports, as numerous Hall of Famers are in attendance each year, such as Rick Barry, Calvin Murphy, George Gervin, Meadowlark Lemon and more.

 

In 2007, the games were held at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau estimated the event’s effect on its local economy reached nearly $10 million. As a companion to the games, there are numerous outreach activities throughout the city as well as a youth clinic, all of which feature the legendary Hall of Famers and the participating teams and coaches.

 

“From the level of talent on the floor to the national media exposure that follows, the Hall of Fame Showcase is a tremendous platform for our teams, our sponsors and the city of St. Louis,” said BEST Managing Director Michael Principe. “This is BEST doing what we do best; creating amazing experiences for our fans, driving enhanced value to our sponsors and creating truly memorable events at that dynamic intersection.”

 

Tickets are $200, $125, $75, $55, $40 and $25 and may be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420. A per ticket facility fee will be added to all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online.

Monday
Nov092009

Basketball Hall of Famer Al Cervi Passes Away at the Age of 92

Al Cervi, a 1946 winner of the NBL Championship with the Rochester Royals and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1985 passed away today at the age of 92.

“Al Cervi was a champion both as a player, a coach and in life.  His place in history is solidified whether he was serving his country in World War II or being one of the best players and coaches that helped popularize the sport during an important time in basketball’s growth.  He will be sadly missed by the entire basketball community” expressed Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO, John L. Doleva upon learning of Cervi’s passing. 

Cervi, born on February 12, 1917 in Buffalo, New York earned an outstanding reputation on the sandlot and semi-pro court which led to his invitation to join the NBL’s Buffalo Bison.  While with the Bison, Cervi was the Team MVP following the 1938 season and went on to spend the next five years in the military before returning to be a member of the Rochester Royals.  Cervi would lead the Rochester Royals to the 1946 NBL Championship, was an All-NBL First Team selection in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and earned All-NBL Second Team selection in 1946.  He would then become a player/coach of the Syracuse Nationals and would win Coach of the Year honors in 1949 prior to his retirement from playing in 1953.  Cervi would go on to coach the Nationals until 1956 and would win the 1955 NBA title.

Monday
Nov092009

Springfield Armor and Basketball Hall of Fame Partner To Offer $44 Season Tickets

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Springfield Armor and the Basketball Hall of Fame announce today, in a joint effort to provide more affordable family entertainment options to the residents of greater Springfield, a partnership that will offer fans the limited time opportunity to purchase a full season ticket for all 24 Springfield Armor home games for just $44.

 

Only 100 season tickets will be made available during this special promotion, which will last from November 9th through the 19th or until all 100 tickets are sold. Averaged out over the season the cost per game of this season ticket will be less than $2 and for a family of four it would cost less than $8 per night.

 

“This offer is just another way for the team to make the NBA experience available to all of the residents of greater Springfield,” said Armor Managing Partner Michael Savit. “The Hall of Fame has once again stepped up for this community and we couldn’t be more excited about this partnership.”

 

The Armor’s season kicks off on November 27th  at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Energy at the MassMutual Center in Downtown Springfield. It’s the first of two Armor games that weekend against Iowa, the second tipping off at noon on the 28th.

 

“We are very happy to be partnering with the Springfield Armor on this unique promotion,” said Basketball Hall of Fame CEO John Doleva. “The Hall of Fame is always looking for ways to get involved with our local community and we hope this promotion will provide the chance for basketball fans from all walks of life to experience Armor games this season.”

 

To order tickets fans can call the Armor front office (413) 746-3263 or log on to www.ArmorHoops.com to learn more.

Springfield Armor

With an ownership group led by Massachusetts-based Michael Savit, Springfield was announced as the NBA Development League’s second team in New England during a press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on March 31.  Beginning on November 27th, the Springfield Armor will play a 50-game schedule, including 24 home dates at the MassMutual Center.

Emphasizing affordable family entertainment and NBA-caliber basketball, the Springfield Armor has season tickets beginning at just $91! The Armor needed just over four months to reach 1,000 season tickets but still have great seats available.  For more information about individual, season, group or flex tickets, please call (413) 746-3263 or visit www.armorhoops.com.  Opening Night is November 27th at 7 p.m. as the Springfield Armor take on the Iowa Energy at the MassMutual Center.  To get your tickets for this, and all individual Springfield Armor games, go to www.ticketmaster.com.

 

NBA Development League

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor.  A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while 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.

Friday
Oct302009

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Publishes 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

(OVERLAND PARK, KS) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which recently inducted its most celebrated class in history, teamed up with Ascend Books of Overland Park, Kansas, to celebrate the occasion with an official 50th anniversary commemorative book.

 

The 50th anniversary book, titled Hoops Heaven: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, offers a compilation of the game’s greatest players, coaches, contributors, referees, and teams, and their representation in the 80,000-square foot Hall located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Hall traces the game’s roots from its invention by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 through the present-day popularity of college basketball and the NBA.

 

“It’s a natural fit for Ascend to publish this anniversary book,” Ascend CEO and Publisher Bob Snodgrass said. “We have specialized in helping organizations commemorate important milestone events for many years. We know how important it is for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to publish its history during this pivotal year in the Hall’s existence.”

 

Ascend recently has published books by 2008 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale and by Bill Self, head coach of the University of Kansas and 2009 Associated Press Coach of the Year. Ascend will also release the official 75th anniversary commemorative book of the Orange Bowl in December 2009.

 

The Hall of Fame inducted its most celebrated class ever during ceremonies September 10-11, 2009, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, and C. Vivian Stringer comprised the Class of 2009.

HOOPS HEAVEN: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Author: Jack McCallum, Mel Greenberg, Blair Kerkhoff, and Notable Basketball Writers and Gowdy Award Winners
Publisher: Ascend Books LLC
Binding (Trim size) 9” x 11”, hardcover, color dust jacket
ISBN 13: 978-0-9817166-8-8
ISBN 10: 0-9817166-8-7

For more information about the book, please contact Kerry Comiskey at kcomiskey@ascendbooks.com or (913) 948-5500.

About Ascend Books

Ascend Books specializes in turning media-related ideas into custom books for events or organizations across the country. Each year organizations, associations, celebrities, charities, and teams celebrate significant anniversaries, events or accomplishments worthy of a custom book project. With these milestones comes the opportunity to broaden the collective mind share of the customers, fans or membership close to that organization, personality or milestone. Ascend Books publishes books with high-profile individuals and groups in areas of business, sports, and entertainment. We are interested in books worthy of regional or national trade distribution, as well as opportunities requiring an industry-specific emphasis to a targeted and specific readership. For more information, visit www.ascendbooks.com.