Great Falls to get pro hoops team in The Basketball League

Great Falls Electric Basketball Press Release

Contact: Kevin Scott, Great Falls Electric Public Relations Coordinator Phone: (406) 403-8146

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., June 28, 2023 — The Electric City will once again be home to a new professional basketball franchise.

“We are calling the team the Electric because this is the Electric City and it is an appropriate name,” said Keough.

“I think people want family entertainment and basketball is very popular with a lot of kids playing it,” said Keough. So, we’re bringing that atmosphere to Great Falls, and I just think as how Great Falls is growing, it’s just going to be a good fit. We’re going to keep it affordable for families. We want a lot of kids there because that is the future of any sport.”

Great Falls High School athletic teams will get concession revenue but 100% of the ticket sales and advertising revenue will be kept by the Electric basketball team.

The TBL, which began in 2018, currently features 39 teams across four conferences with the West Conference consisting of teams from Washington, California, and Oregon. Great Falls is the only team from Montana set to begin play in early 2024 and will be the tenth team in the Western Conference. Other franchises playing in the league include three teams from Washington state (Seattle, Vancouver, and Wenatchee), Salem, Oregon, and five in California (San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Bakersfield, and San Marcos). David Magley, a former NBA standout is the Commissioner of the fifth-year league.

Great Falls is no stranger to professional basketball and the Electric will be the fourth team in the past 45 years based in Great Falls. The Montana Sky (1978-79) played in the Western Basketball Association), under the ownership group of country music sensation, Charley Pride. During the 1980’s, Great Falls was home to the Montana Golden Nuggets of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), coached by former NBA coach and Naismith Hall of Famer, George Karl. Former NBA players Geoff Crompton, Walter Jordan and former Portland Trail Blazer coach Terry Stotts all played in Great Falls, but the CBA folded after three seasons.

More recently, the Great Falls Explorers, who were members of the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association, folded after the 2007-08 season due to financial reasons.

The TBL’s operations, which are based in Indiana, impressed Jim Keough. The new ownership group of the TBL is ran very professionally and they wanted a team in Great Falls, Montana.

Keough said they will be looking for host families to house the 12-player roster.

The TBL signs free-agent players and players with experience at the college level and professionally overseas that are looking to make a roster spot in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A TBL camp is set for July 2023 in Las Vegas, NV. The new Great Falls owner hopes that local players from Montana make the cut to play for the Electric. All teams in the league can offer contracts to players since there is no league draft. The monthly player salaries range from $500 to $5,000.

“I think if you look at the surrounding areas of Montana, if we get a relatively great player, a lot of people are going to come to the games,” said Keough.

In the meantime, the Electric will announce their first-ever head coach soon and the team will be looking to get involved in the community through youth camps and mentorship opportunities.

“The goal of the Electric basketball program is to give an overlooked player their big break,” said the former Great Falls Legion baseball player who was drafted in the eighth round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft.

“I owe a lot back to Great Falls and look at it as giving kids an opportunity to keep playing basketball, something that they love and they never give up on their dream,” said Keough at the press conference inside Great Falls restaurant, Cattlemen’s Cut.

About the Great Falls Electric Basketball and The Basketball League

About The Basketball League

The Basketball League is dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to our community, our fans, and business partners. The Basketball League, Where the Spirit of the Game Lives.

The TBL, which began in 2018, currently features 39 teams across four conferences (East, Midwest, Central and West) with the West Conference consisting of teams from Washington, California, and Oregon. Great Falls is the only team from Montana set to begin play in early 2024 and will be the tenth team in the Western Conference.

CONTACT:

Jim Keough

Great Falls Electric Team Owner/General Manager

Cell Phone: 406-868-6366

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