Former Mavericks executive Norm Sonju keeps 1986 All-Star Game floor at remote upstate NY camp

You have come to see the court that Larry Bird once shot on, and Spud Webb once dunked on, the same shimmering maple boards that Magic Johnson once said were home to maybe the best fast-break basketball he has ever been part of. It was the home court for arguably the most fabled All-Star Weekend of them all, held at Dallas’ Reunion Arena, Feb. 8-9, 1986, and Norm Sonju wants to show it to you.

NCAA® Partners with UPS and Connor Sports® to Tip-Off the First-Ever Joint Recycle to the Final Four™ Program for 2015 Men’s Final Four®

The NCAA today announced Recycle to the Final Four, a new joint sustainability initiative with UPS and Connor Sports for the 2015 Men’s Final Four in partnership with Indianapolis area elementary schools.   The program will gather recycled products from each school and help create needed flooring elements for Connor Sports to be used in the production of the Official Court of the NCAA for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Indianapolis. The selected schools in Indianapolis will compete for the largest amount of #5 recycled products to be a part of the sustainability efforts in support of the championships.   

Grading Every New College Basketball Court Design for 2013-14 Season

By Scott Henry, Featured Columnist, Bleacher Report   While college football purists keep the gridiron surface sacred—even banning that 21st-century requirement, the Twitter hashtag—college basketball is doing whatever it can to capture channel-surfing eyes.   If that includes wild appropriations of school logos in large, garish spots all over the court, so be it.   What started as Oregon trying to be different in 2010 has now spread throughout the nation. Schools in all areas of the country have unveiled re-designed courts for the 2013-14 season.   Which ones work? Which ones don't? Read for one columnist's grades on each of the bright, shiny new courts that will welcome college ballers this fall. Then leave your own in the comments, always keeping in mind the old saw about the eye of the beholder.  

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born, by Natalie Jablonski, WXPR

Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill. Karl Anderson is Plant Manager at Action Floors, a company that specializes in making sport floors for gyms all over the country. On a clear day when the blue sky matches the blue paint of the mill buildings, Anderson tells me that almost all wooden gym floors are made out of the same thing: maple. "Because of the color," Anderson says. "It’s white, it’s bright, and that creates a great palate for the game lines and the logos that you see on the basketball courts – it makes it look real nice."

NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four MFMA Maple Floor

The road to the Final Four or at least the floor starts in Menominee, in rural northeastern Wisconsin. The tiny town doesn’t have a competitive college basketball program. But the work there makes all the difference on which team can call itself the nation’s best.

MFMA Hall of Fame Inducts Three New Members

The MFMA honors those members, past and present, who have made a lasting impact on the maple flooring industry. Inductees into the MFMA Hall of Fame have accomplishments ranging from founding mills to educating architects and specifiers to developing innovative milling and installation techniques. These outstanding members helped the MFMA become the recognized leader in quality product and technical expertise, and their legacy lives on in the work the association does today. We are proud to have inducted three new members into the MFMA Hall of Fame – John Byrnes, James B. Carr and John Tepsa.   

MFMA Hall of Fame Inducts Three New Members

The MFMA honors those members, past and present, who have made a lasting impact on the maple flooring industry. Inductees into the MFMA Hall of Fame have accomplishments ranging from founding mills to educating architects and specifiers to developing innovative milling and installation techniques. These outstanding members helped the MFMA become the recognized leader in quality product and technical expertise, and their legacy lives on in the work the association does today. We are proud to have inducted three new members into the MFMA Hall of Fame – John Byrnes, James B. Carr and John Tepsa.   

MFMA 2014 Conference Was A Success

Thank you to all who joined us at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. A special thanks to the MFMA Sport Floor Contractor Members' Advisory Council, our conference sponsors, our exhibitors, the enlightening speakers and ALL our members who attended. We'll have additional information from the educational sessions available soon. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

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