About Us

The ABL is not just a professional sports league; it’s a revolution in the making. We are transforming the way fans experience the game of basketball by reimagining the traditional model and bringing a new level of excitement to the court.

We understand that fans are hungry for more than just entertainment; they want to be a part of something bigger, something more meaningful. That’s why we’re giving them an unmatched opportunity to witness the renewal of the biggest rivalries in college basketball and get an inside look at their favorite player’s journey from college to professional.

At the ABL, we’re putting the power back into the player’s hands like never before. We are the first league comprised entirely of former college players organized into alumni teams. Our players are not just athletes; they are the owners, executives, talent, and ambassadors in control of the league’s collective success. They are the heart and soul of our organization, and we empower them to make decisions that drive the league forward.

Our vision is bold, and we’re inviting everyone to join the movement. We believe in the power of collaboration, and we’re committed to building a community that shares our passion for the game. With the ABL, fans can expect an unparalleled level of excitement, engagement, and innovation. The future of basketball is here, and we’re leading the way.

Kareem Rush

Kareem, the creator and founding partner of the ABL, comes from deep basketball roots. The middle brother of Kansas City’s 1st family of basketball, Big 12 Co-Freshman of the year, 2-time 1st team All Big 12, University of Missouri’s Men’s basketball player of the decade (2000-2010) and NBA 1st round pick in 2002 (L.A. Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and L.A. Clippers). He is also an R&B recording artist and entrepreneur with a long track record of community activism.  His charitable work in the areas of anti-bullying, youth sports, and healthy living has focused on underserved communities and culminated in two major altruistic endeavors: commitment to the healthy psychosocial development of young athletes and to the long-term financial viability of retire pro athletes thru the ABL Legacy Foundation.

Jake Jackson

Jake Jackson currently serves as Founder & Managing Partner of Card Sound Capital (“CSC”) and as CEO of two portfolio companies, Tersus Solutions and the Alumni Basketball League. A successful entrepreneur and investor, Jake began his career in law as an Associate Attorney with the Polsinelli law firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, focusing his practice on Mergers and Acquisitions. Later, Jake became an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office under former AG and Governor Jeremiah (“Jay”) Nixon.

After leaving the practice of law, Jake founded a niche pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution company in 2010. After significant growth, the company was acquired by a publicly traded, international pharmaceutical company based in the Netherlands in 2013. Jake went on to lead the company’s North American operations, which expanded to six subsidiaries and over four hundred employees, for the next several years.
In 2013, Jake founded CSC to invest in early stage, privately held companies. Since inception, CSC has invested in numerous commercial real estate, energy, international sports and entertainment, and textile circularity companies and assets. In 2019, CSC expanded its investment strategy and now manages three significant sports and entertainment focused holdings under Jackson Sports Ventures, a division within Card Sound Capital’s portfolio.

A proud alum of the University of Missouri, Jake is a former member of the Mizzou basketball team, including the 2001-2002 Elite Eight Missouri Tigers. Jake holds a B.S. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri.