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Cougars May Have To Leave The ABA

With a heavy heart, Patrick Kelly of the Colorado Cougars announced today that the Cougars will not play in the ABA this fall and their franchise may have to leave the controversial league altogether. Kelly, the teams managing partner announced today that the proposed restructuring of the conference will make it almost impossible to make the team viable in the future without some very deep pockets at the helm. Deep pockets Kelly just doesn't have. He said, "I hope the players and fans realize I did everything I could think of to make this wonderful experiment work here in Northern Colorado." He went on to say, "The players deserve better and now they are free to sign on with another team." The ABA is reportedly exploring options to have as many as a half a dozen teams in Colorado, making it even harder for the Cougars to compete for players and for a fan base. Kelly said the Cougars were not consulted by the conference chairman or the ABA about the proposed restructure. In fact, he was omitted from the conference call. "I feel a little snubbed," said Kelly. He was referring to conference chairman and Colorado Kings owner; Durrell Middleton. "Durrell is a nice man, and he has earned and completely deserves the respect of the ABA; however, he made the decision two years ago that the Cougars weren't a good idea, and we were in trouble... The court was never really level, he is just too powerful to oppose."

The Cougars seemed to be a little bit snake-bit from the beginning. From their inaugural coach quitting on the team just days before the franchise opener, to a ridiculous DORA secret undercover investigation to nowhere. From referees not showing up, teams late for games, showing up without their star players, an opponent showing up without uniforms, and unfortunately that was for the Cougars first game ever. Just a few of the challenges the organization had in the very first month of their official existence.

Kelly concluded saying; "This is a very sad day for me and for my whole family, we really love this team. We wanted this to be first class. For the players and the fans. We wanted this crazy dream to succeed for the players and for Northern Colorado. I am still stunned." Kelly said. "I will explore other options and other leagues, but it appears that our beloved Colorado Cougars; so very tough to beat on the court; may have been defeated off the court. I am so sorry. To all of you who worked so hard and supported us so vehemently; thank you so very much. I will never forget any of you."

"To the players; I am sorry." Kelly said, "Thanks for the memories!"

Thank You Players and Fans!!

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The Colorado Cougars are seeking excited, outgoing, and dedicated candidates that will interact with the general public while being an integral part of ongoing ticket sales efforts. The intern will be a vital part of assisting the Colorado Cougars team in all aspects of selling, fulfilling and executing sales initiatives. The position will gain hands-on experience in sales and marketing through implementing and planning of season activities leading up to the 2013 season. Interns will also assist in facilitating grassroots marketing events.
Note: While this position gives you invaluable experience in the sports marketing world, it is a non-paid position however there may be potential to earn sales commission.
• Assist in planning and executing various grassroots marketing activities with ticket department in order to drive ticket sales and brand awareness
• Set up and transport various Colorado Cougars products and materials to and from events, festivals, tournaments, leagues, etc
• Assist in Colorado Cougars basketball clinics as required
• Raise fan support and Colorado Cougars ticket sales through lead generation, cold calls, and events
• Aid VP of Ticket Sales and department in assigned tasks including research and projects
• Create and implement strategies to prospect, develop, and grow ticket sales opportunities and ideas
• Coordinate ticket distribution program through outreach to non-profit organizations and other community groups
• General office duties
Criteria & Qualifications:
• Excellent phone and computer skills
• Detail oriented
• Able to interact with internal and external clients in a professional manner
• Excellent writing skills
• Excellent time management skills with ability to multi-task
• Highly motivated, self-starter with a passion for working in sports
• Live in Northern Colorado Area and have access to reliable transportation
• Required to work Colorado Cougars Events (nights and weekends may apply)
• Knowledge, enthusiasm, and interest in the Colorado Cougars organization, & professional sports, and the greater Colorado Cougars community
• Marketing, sports administration, or related business majors preferred

Other Internships:

Sponsorship Sales: Account Manager
Develop relationships with local small and large businesses to find out what their marketing and sales needs are, in order to put together a Sponsorship package for them. The position requires inside/outside cold calling, to develop leads. Follow-up is a major piece to this position, along with being able to close the deal. You must be comfortable with speaking with business owners, and decision makers.
This position is a Commission based internship.

Ticket Sales: Ticket Sales Representative
Cold call ALL local businesses, in order to sell them Season, Group, and Individual tickets. This position requires both Inside/Outside marketing, with the need to speak with the decision maker.
Programs for Non-Profits and for Profit Company's group ticket sales. Student/Senior ticket sales, also, corporate group sales, along with individual game-by-game sales.
This position is a Commission based internship.

Community Service: Ass't. To Director of Community Affairs
This position requires you to work directly with the Director of Community Affairs, in an effort to continue to have the Colorado Cougars involved in Community based events, and activities. You will be asked to research local community events for the Colorado Cougars to appear at for continuous visibility.

Public Relations: Ass't. To the Team Spokesman/Marketing Executive
This position requires you to work directly with the team Spokesman, in order to continue to brand the Colorado Cougars. You will assist in contacting community leaders, and organizers, to introduce the Colorado Cougars to communities in Northern Colorado. Your role will be to help identify newspaper/TV direct contacts for interviews and information. You will assist in making the Colorado Cougars a house-hold name in Colorado and Southern Wyoming.

Team Assistant: Ass't. To the coaching staff (3)
This position will work with the Coaching staff, Spokesman, and Director of Community Affairs.
You will assist the coaches in tryouts, practices, game day preparation for home/away teams, and uniform preparation and issuance. During community events, and interview/appearances, you will work with the staff on basketball related issues, such as; fan interaction, and promotion.

Fan Interaction: Fan Coordinator
This position requires an innovative individual that loves working with people in a fun, and exciting manner. You must be able to develop and run in-game activities with fans. You must have an energetic, outgoing personality, with the ability to get fans, both adults and kids involved in game-day activities, and games.
You will coordinate pre-game player introduction fan line.

Videographer/Photographer: Team Videographer/Photographer
Video and Photograph ALL Colorado Cougars team events and home games, for use on the swwarrior.com website, social media pages, and marketing material, including and not limited to newspaper/TV, etc. . .. Preference will be given to individual with existing equipment for use.

Game Day Operations: Game Day Intern(s)
Game day set-up; from assisting game day staff with tickets, home/away teams, concessions, Colorado Cougars store, fan participation, fan control, and end of game breakdown.

Colorado Cougars Internship

If you have an interest in one of the internship position, please contact us at.
970-590-2815 or go to our web site abacougars.com

Coach Kelly is released from North Colorado Medical Center. The prognosis is good and the diagnosis is a probable TIA or mini stroke. Coach has his faculties, is feeling okay and is going to take a few days to get some rest stating, "A hospital is a terrible place to get well, they wake you up every 3 hours to tell you you are still okay. I need a nap!" The Cougar games have been postponed until further notice from the team.The managing partner and head coach of the Colorado Cougars Patrick Kelly has been hospitalized with an apparent TIA or mini stroke. Although his prognosis is excellent Cougar games have been postponed until further notice.


The Colorado Cougars defeated the team from Ft Carson ARMY 111-105 revenging an embarrassing loss weeks before. In the win the Cougars were paced by a Isiah Martinez with 27, Jeromey Peterson with 23 and Vincent McDuffie who exploded for 14 first quarter points on his way to 21 total. Newcomer Damian Page came off the bench with 11, rookie Manuel Quinones added 10 and Jordan Rockwell had just 8 but was his usual force on the boards. All-Star nominees Arin Dunn and Freddy Robinson along with previous starters Tyler Giannini and Mikel Watson were unable to attend.



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