The G-Force will play a pair of games in New Jersey on the weekend of May 11-12th (Photo courtesy of IBL).
Team Will Play Pair of Home Games in Inaugural Branding Season
The Jersey G-Force has formally announced the dates of its inaugural branding season in the International Basketball League (IBL), with the team playing two home games and four road contests. The pair of home dates are slated for May 11-12th at Bergen County Community College against the Orlando Venom, marking the debut of the New Jersey club in the Garden State.
“A lot of work has already been done behind the scenes in putting this team together. The most intrical parts of that cover a lot more than just putting a team on the floor,” said two-time NBA Champion Wes Matthews, who serves as the head coach of the G-Force. “It’s preparation, getting your system together, getting with your owners and taking care of the marketing to your fan base, as well as many other things.”
Matthews also voiced his excitement in what the announcement of the schedule means in terms of preparation for the upcoming season.
“With the release of the schedule, we now look to put a great product on the floor,” he remarked. “We want to grab our fan base, grab our sponsorships and make everyone realize that there is good, affordable basketball outside of the NBA. I’m a retired NBA player, but I also know there’s nothing like good, clean basketball that’s fun for the family. That’s what the G-Force is going to put on the floor.”
The G-Force will play its first games in franchise history on back-to-back nights when it tips off on May 4-5th against the host Edmonton Energy in Canada. After debuting at home the following weekend, the team will conclude its branding season on May 18-19th when it travels to Florida to play the Orlando Venom.
“Even though we are a branding team, we have a schedule that is going to give us a very broad spectrum of talent that we will face,” stated Tim Butts, owner of the G-Force. “Our home games are going to be very exciting because we will be represented by New Jersey basketball fans and also will be very much involving the local community in the production of our game days. We are also very happy to be partnered with the faculty and students of Bergen County Community College, and we look forward to building the foundation of a basketball organization that the State of New Jersey will be proud to call its own for a long time to come.”
In addition to involving Bergen County Community College faculty and students as part of its game day staff, the G-Force will also contribute a portion of ticket sales and concessions revenue back to the school.
For more information on the Jersey G-Force, visit its official website at www.jerseygforce.com.