D-League Expands to Three Divisions for Upcoming Season

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Tip-Off D-League Season on Friday, November 23

(FORT WAYNE, IN) July 24, 2007 – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will open their inaugural season in the NBA Development League on Friday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Tulsa 66ers at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Mad Ants – 66ers contest is the first of 50 regular season games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 25 of which will take place at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Mad Ants will also take part in the 2008 D-League Showcase that will take place from Jan. 14-17 at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

“We’re very excited with the release of our 2007-2008 schedule. To be able to open our season in front of our fans in Fort Wayne is very special. The return of pro basketball to Fort Wayne and the surrounding area with our affiliation to the Detroit Pistons and the Indianapolis Pacers, comes a level of basketball not seen before in the War Memorial Coliseum,” stated Head Coach Kent Davison.

Also highlighting the 2007-08 D-League Schedule is the All-Star Game, which will be played as part of NBA Jam Session presented by adidas at 2008 NBA All-Star in New Orleans.

Fans can purchase season ticket packages for Fort Wayne Mad Ants games now by calling (260) 469-4667. Tickets are available in the following price ranges: $399, $199 and $99 but only for a limited time, so act fast. For ticket information call (260) 469-4667 or log on to www.fortwaynehoops.com.

Mad Ants President, Jeff Potter, said, “We could not be happier with our schedule and we are certain that our fans will be equally excited. What we’re offering our fans is the highest level of professional sport this city has ever had the opportunity to see, at the absolute best prices.”

With the expansion to 14 teams, the D-League is realigning into three divisions for the 2007-08 season. The Southwest and West divisions will feature five teams while the Central division will have four. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will play in the Central division.

“The realignment and scheduling structure encourages divisional rivalries,” D-League President Dan Reed said. “Plus, with this scheduling system, we had the ability to cut down on travel which we believe, in turn, will provide for a better product on the floor.”

The Divisions for the 2007-08 season will break down as follows:

CentralSouthwestWest
Dakota
Fort Wayne
Iowa
Sioux Falls
Albuquerque
Austin
Colorado
Rio Grande Valley
Tulsa
Anaheim
Bakersfield
Idaho
Los Angeles
Utah

Now entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League will bring to Fort Wayne future NBA stars and some of the best young talent playing the game today. The D-League currently includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.). In addition to the Mad Ants, the D-League has already announced expansion teams for the 2007-2008 season for Des Moines, IA; the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas; and Orem, Utah (the Utah Flash). More information on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants can be found online at www.fortwaynehoops.com.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Schedule

DATEOPPONENTTIME
Nov.Fri. 23Tulsa7:30

Sun. 25Albuquerque6:00

Thu. 29AT Iowa7:30
Dec.Sun. 2Iowa6:00

Tue. 4Bakersfield7:00

Sun. 9Iowa1:00

Thu. 13Dakota7:00

Fri. 14Dakota7:30

Wed. 19AT Tulsa11:00am

Sat. 22Des Moines7:30

Tue. 25AT Sioux Falls7:00

Fri. 28Rio Grande V.7:30

Sun. 30Sioux Falls6:00
Jan.Thu. 3Sioux Falls7:00

Sat. 5AT Albuquerque7:00

Tue. 8AT Colorado7:00

Fri. 11AT Utah7:00

Sat. 12AT Idaho7:00

14 - 17AT Los AngelesTBA *Show

14 - 17IdahoTBA *Show

Sun. 20Los Angeles1:00

Thu. 24AT Iowa7:30

Sun. 27AT Iowa4:00
Feb.Fri. 1AT Sioux Falls7:00

Sat. 2AT Sioux Falls7:00

Tue. 5Sioux Falls7:00

Thu. 7Colorado7:00

Thu. 14Austin7:00

Mon. 18AT Anaheim7:30

Wed. 20AT Bakersfield7:00

Sun. 24Utah6:00

Thu. 28AT Rio Grande V.7:00

Fri. 29AT Austin7:00
Mar.Sun. 2Sioux Falls6:00

Thu. 6Sioux Falls7:00

Sun. 9AT Dakota3:00

Tue. 11AT Dakota7:00

Thu. 13Anaheim7:00

Sun. 16Dakota6:00

Tue. 18Iowa7:00

Fri. 21AT Dakota7:00

Sat. 22AT Dakota7:00

Tue. 25AT Dakota7:00

Thu. 27AT Iowa7:30

Sun. 30Iowa6:00
Apr.Fri. 4AT Sioux Falls7:00

Sun. 6AT Sioux Falls5:00

Mon. 7AT Iowa7:30

Fri. 11Dakota7:30

Sat. 12Dakota7:30

NOTE: *Show - Showcase played at Boise (Times and Dates TBA)