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PBL AND TRBL EXPAND PARTNERSHIP

August 24, 2015 – (Chicago, IL): In a move designed to create additional economies of scale, expand the media market, and facilitate a more manageable footprint, the Premier Basketball League (PBL) and the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) have agreed to expand their existing partnership. Specifically, six TRBL teams will compete in The PBL 2015-16 season as part of the new “South East Division”. The regular season and playoffs games will be played between November 2015 and April 2016 with all games played within the division counting as "cross-sanctioned games" in the TRBL. The agreement will include multiple games broadcasted on ESPN throughout the season.

We look forward to working even more closely with the PBL. We believe it will create great opportunities for both TRBL and PBL players. The more we can work with leagues like the PBL that are doing things the right way, the better it is for our players, owners, and fans,” said Pete Gratale, TRBL founding member.

This is an exciting day for the PBL,” stated PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. “The North Carolina area is definitely a hotbed of basketball activity, and the TRBL is a league that showcases that talent. This partnership will be beneficial to both parties, this season and seasons to come.”

The six teams slatted to participate in the 2015 PBL season are Raleigh Revolt, Cary Invasion, Durham Legacy, Charlotte Elite, Huntersville HoopForLyfe and Wilmington Seadawgs. League sources also confirmed that The PBL is expecting to announce later this week the names and location of additional teams joining the league for the upcoming season.

About the PBL and TRBL: The Premier Basketball League (thePBL.com) is set to kick off their 10th season in January 2016 with more than 20 teams. The Tobacco Road Basketball League (trblproball.com) is an independent basketball minor league with teams operating in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. The league will begin its fifth season of play in November 2015.

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