Weekly Sports League & Franchise Report
by Dan Krieger
November 27, 2017 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Sports League & Franchise Report BASEBALL
Weekly Sports League & Franchise Report Liga Mexicana de Beisbol: The metropolis of Laredo (TX) has come to an settlement with the Triple-A degree LMB, or Mexican Baseball League, for an LMB crew to make use of town’s Uni-Trade Stadium for the 2018 season. The LMB’s Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz crew has been relocated to Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas) in Mexico and can break up its 2018 house schedule between Nuevo Laredo and Laredo with the crew being known as the Tecolotes de Dos Laredos (The Owls of Two Laredos). The Laredo stadium had been house to the Laredo Lemurs of the impartial American Association, however the crew folded after the 2016 season.
Atlantic League: Although funding for a brand new ballpark in High Point (NC) for a possible Atlantic League crew continues to be being debated, town plans to maneuver ahead with demolition subsequent month at a possible downtown stadium website. The stadium is projected for a 2019 opening and is anticipated to turn out to be house to the league’s former Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish franchise.
Frontier League: The impartial Frontier League posted its 2018 season schedule final month and it’ll once more characteristic the identical six-team East and six-team West divisional alignment with all 12 groups coming back from 2017. The 2018 season will run from early May to early September.
International League: Although the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League appear to be specializing in a possible new stadium in Pawtucket, town of Worcester continues to be exploring a potential new stadium for the crew. The metropolis of Attleboro (MA), which is simply throughout the Rhode Island state line from Pawtucket, has recognized a possible stadium website that may be thought of by the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Sports League & Franchise Report BASKETBALL
Women’s National Basketball Association: The WNBA’s new Las Vegas crew, which is the relocated San Antonio Stars franchise, has registered the Las Vegas Stars identify however is unsure if will probably be out there to be used. The metropolis’s Las Vegas 51s baseball crew within the Triple-A Pacific Coast League was referred to as the Las Vegas Stars till the 2001 season and Minor League Baseball nonetheless owns the trademark for that identify.
North American Professional Basketball: The lately introduced nickname and emblem of the Kansas City Buzz, considered one of eight groups within the new NAPB that plans to begin its inaugural season in January 2018, has been challenged by Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology) for infringing on its logos. As of now, the Kansas City Buzz identify has been faraway from the league website.
Florida Basketball Association: The FBA introduced an Orlando space enlargement crew known as the Windemere Rain will probably be a part of the 2018 season that may begin in March.
American Basketball Association: The ABA’s Modesto (CA) Super Kats have modified their identify to the Stanislaus County (CA) Super Kats.
Sports League & Franchise Report FOOTBALL
Elite Indoor Football: The EIF, which was a loosely organized 2017 indoor soccer league that includes the Atlanta Furious and the Southern Steam (Statesboro, GA) as its important groups, lately introduced the addition of the Maryland Warriors (Frederick) for the 2018 season. The Warriors have been a part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Indoor Football League.
National Arena League: After a lot uncertainty over its future within the league, the NAL’s Monterrey Steel (Mexico) seems to be able to announce its return for a second season in 2018.
Franchise Report HOCKEY
National Ringette League: The Canadian ladies’s NRL began its 2017-18 season earlier this month with 15 groups. The league had 16 groups final season, however the Gloucester Devils ceased operations. The five-team Western Conference consists of one crew primarily based in British Columbia, three groups in Alberta and one crew in Manitoba. The Eastern Conference features a Red Division with 4 groups primarily based in Ontario and one crew in Quebec, whereas a White Division has 4 groups in Quebec and one crew in New Brunswick. The season runs from early November 2017 to early March 2018. Ringette is of Canadian origin and is a crew sport much like ice hockey in gear and enjoying floor. Players use straight sticks to regulate and cross a rubber ring. The game is centered extra round skating and passing relatively than puck dealing with and includes catching or “stabbing” the ring. The NRL began play in 2004.
United Stats Hockey League: The new mayor of Racine (WI) has vetoed funding beforehand authorised for a brand new area, which was being focused as a house to a brand new crew within the Tier-I junior-level USHL.
Franchise Report SOCCER
United Soccer League Division-III League: Earlier this month, officers for the proposed USL Division-III league visited the New England cities of Providence (RI), Manchester (NH), Worcester (MA), and Portland (ME) to judge their potential for internet hosting a crew within the new league that plans to begin play in 2019. In September and October, league officers visited the Georgia markets of Macon and Statesboro, and the Alabama markets of Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville.
United Soccer League: A developer in Chicago is shifting ahead with plans for a brand new soccer stadium within the Lincoln Yards space of town that would turn out to be house to a USL crew by the 2020 season.
National Women’s Soccer League: The NWSL has taken management of the FC Kansas City Blues franchise, which can now stop operations. The Kansas City gamers will probably be assigned to the lately introduced new Salt Lake City NWSL franchise to be operated by Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. FC Kansas City was a constitution member of the NWSL for the league’s inaugural 2013 season.
Major League Soccer: After a dialogue this week involving officers from the MLS, the proposed FC Cincinnati enlargement effort and Hamilton County (OH), town’s National Football League stadium will now not be thought of as house to an MLS crew, so the FC Cincinnati will proceed to work towards constructing a soccer-specific stadium. A Columbus group introduced plans for a downtown soccer stadium to maintain the MLS’s Columbus Crew from shifting to Austin, however these plans have been rapidly scrapped after citing points with attempting to accumulate the proposed stadium website.
North American Soccer League: The house owners of the NASL’s FC Edmonton and San Francisco Deltas each introduced the groups have ceased operations. FC Edmonton, also called the Eddies, joined the NASL for the league’s inaugural 2011 season, whereas San Francisco was a 2017 enlargement crew. There is a risk Edmonton may reappear sooner or later as a part of the proposed Canadian Premier League. With the lack of these two groups and the latest transfer of the league’s North Carolina FC to the United Soccer League, the NASL is down to 5 groups. Two new California groups in San Diego and Orange County beforehand introduced plans to hitch the NASL for the 2018 season. The NASL is in a authorized battle with the latest removing of its Division-II standing by the United States Soccer Federation.
National Premier Soccer League: The males’s elite-level NPSL introduced one other new California-based crew known as El Farolito (San Francisco) has been added to the West Region’s Golden Gate Conference for the 2018 season.
Western Indoor Soccer League: The amateur-level WISL, which has all groups positioned within the state of Washington, began its fourth season earlier this month with 5 groups known as the Bellingham United FC Hammers, Oly Town Artesians (Olympia), Olympic Force FC (Bremerton), Snohomish Skyhawks and
Tacoma Stars Reserves. The league had six groups final season, however the Sporting Everett FC didn’t return. The 2017-18 common season runs till early February.
Major League Rugby: Although the brand new MLR plans to begin play in April 2018 with seven groups, there are different potential groups prepared to hitch for the 2019 season. A brand new Toronto space crew known as the Ontario Arrows, which is affiliated with an area crew known as the Ontario Blues, plans to hitch the MLR in 2019 and can play a few 2018 games in opposition to MLR groups. The New York City RC can be planning to hitch the MLR for the 2019 season. A Dallas-based crew that was initially introduced for the 2018 season determined to delay its entry into the MLR till the 2019 season. Other potential future MLR markets embody Chicago, Boston, Kansas City and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Dan Krieger is the creator of the Leagues, Teams & Nicknames 2015-16: “The Leagueology Almanac” , which tracks the adjustments in league alignments, franchise actions and crew nicknames in right now’s sports activities world. The publication is offered on the market at www.amazon.com.
Publish Date: 2017-11-28 00:45:00