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BUTTE — The recent defection of four teams from the professional Continental Basketball Association to a new league has apparently presented an opportunity for Butte to join the loop, beginning with play in the Civic Center for the 2006-07 season.

A Butte-Silver Bow press release forwarded Friday from Apex Sportstainment of San Jose, Calif., announced the formation of a CBA franchise in Butte. Details are to be explained at press conference Tuesday, the release said. The naming of the head coach and signing of the first player are to be included.

The team will be called the Butte Daredevils. The CBA has been long regarded a top minor league for pro basketball and once had teams located in Great Falls and Billings more than 20 years ago.

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