South Florida basketball fans get warmed up every season by this company. Doing business as The HEAT Group, Miami Heat Limited Partnership owns and operates the Miami Heat professional basketball team, which joined the National Basketball Association in 1988 as an expansion franchise. The team has made several playoff appearances, winning the NBA championship title in 2006 and again in 2012 with the help of such stars as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Miami area fans cheer on their team at the American Airlines Arena. The family of Carnival CEO Micky Arison has controlled the basketball franchise since its founding.