Continental Basketball Association (1987-1989)
Born: 1987 – The Wisconsin Flyers relocate to Rochester, MN
Moved: 1989 (Omaha Racers)
Arena: Mayo Civic Center (5,200)
Team Colors: Royal Blue, Columbia Blue & Gold
Dance Team: The Flight Crew
Owner: Norm Gillette, Jr.
CBA Championships: None
Short-lived minor league basketball franchise that made its home in Rochester, Minnesota, not New York. The Rochester Flyers posted losing seasons in both years of operation, including a last place 16-38 record in the Continental Basketball Association season during the 1988-89 season.
Flyers owner Norm Gillette Jr.’s father owned the rival La Crosse Catbirds CBA franchise in Wisconsin during the same era. The Gillette family owned an Upper Midwest Pepsi bottling franchise with plants in La Crosse, Rochester, Mankato, Minnesota and Decorah, Iowa. In the spring of 1989 the younger Gillette cut his basketball losses in Rochester (estimated at $350,000 over two years) and sold the team to Omaha, Nebraska interests.
Former Flyers owner Norm Gillette, Jr. died of pancreatic cancer in May 2003 at the age of 61. La Crosse Tribune obituary.
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