BUTTE — A San Diego-based corporation has announced plans to bring a Continental Basketball Association team to Butte and says it is negotiating with officials in Great Falls to bring a team there, also.
The Mining City team, to be called the Butte Daredevils, will have a 48-game season with games starting in December, officials with Apex Sportstainment said Tuesday during a press conference announcing the new team.
The Butte team has not yet named a head coach.
"The Butte Daredevils are named after Evel Knievel, and the Great Falls team will be the Explorers, named after Lewis and Clark," said Montana State hall of famer Kermit Young, who is director of basketball operations for three of the four Apex CBA teams.
Young coached the San Jose Skyrockets, an Apex-owned team, to a 31-6 record in the American Basketball Association last season. San Jose is moving to the CBA, though Young has stepped down as the team's coach so he can concentrate on his job with Apex.
The CBA is looking for new homes for teams after four CBA teams left to join the NBA Development League.
Former Ronan and Montana-Western player Matt Leudtke is the first of 10 players on the Daredevils roster. He played for San Jose last season.
The Daredevils will play at the Butte Civic Center. Apex has negotiated a three-year contract with the option to extend it for another three years. The Butte-Silver Bow county attorney's office hasn't approved the contract yet.
Apex says the Daredevil games will be scheduled around Butte High home games, which are also played in the Civic Center.
Civic Center manager Bill Melvin said the Daredevils will be paying the Civic Center $500 a game plus $1 per walkup ticket sale in for the first year. The Civic Center will receive all proceeds from food concessions and will be responsible for arena setup and ticket sellers.
Young said Apex is negotiating with officials with Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls to place another team there.
Clark said the CBA draft will be held Sept. 28 and practices will begin in October.