Thanks to a provision in the merger of the N.B.A. and the A.B.A. in 1976, former A.B.A. team owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna have earned $255 million from the N.B.A.’s television contracts.

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  • Former A.B.A. Owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna Earn Millions From N.B.A.
    For years, it was an underappreciated wrinkle in the historic deal that merged the established National Basketball Association and the upstart American Basketball Association in 1976. The owners of the Spirits of St. Louis agreed to be paid a small ...
    08/24/2014 - 11:52 am | View Link
  • Ex-Owners Earn Millions without a Team ; the N.B.A. May Be Sorry It Left the Spirits out of A.B.A. Merger in 1976
    The Spirits of St. Louis were left out of the N.B.A. merger, but the owners were ... the Silna brothers -- Ozzie, 79, living in Malibu, California, and Daniel, 68, living in Saddle River, New Jersey -- stand to receive millions more, all without having ...
    09/7/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
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  • Spirits of St. Louis
    Spirits of St. Louis; Conference: Eastern Conference: Division: East Division: Founded: 1974: History: Houston Mavericks 1967–1969 Carolina Cougars 1969–1974
    01/18/2017 - 9:16 pm | View Website
  • Saddle River, New Jersey
    Map highlighting Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey. Census Bureau map of Saddle River, New Jersey
    01/7/2017 - 3:06 am | View Website
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