by Dan Krieger
August 24, 2016 - Texas League (TL)
International League: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Triple-A International League will take on a food-related name as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pierogies for one game next week.
Carolina League: Officials in Fayetteville (NC) voted this week to build a new downtown ballpark that it hopes will become home to an affiliate of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros in the high Class-A Carolina League. A non-binding memorandum of understanding was signed by both groups and the city now needs to determine how to pay for the ballpark.
Texas League: The Midland RockHounds of the Double-A Texas League were renamed the Midland Millionaires for three games this week as part of a "What If" promotion. The Millionaires was one of the nickname choices for a contest to rename the team known as the Midland Angels back in 1998. Other choices at the time were the Dusters, Derricks, Magicians and Tumbleweeds.
Northwoods League: The summer-collegiate Northwoods League officially announced a new team based in Fond du Lac (WI) will join for the 2017 season. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Appleton) of the low Class-A Midwest League will run the new team that will play home games on the campus of Marian University. The league's Waterloo (IA) Bucks team is run by the Midwest League's Cedar Rapids (IA) Kernels. The Northwoods League will also add a new team in Bismarck (ND) for the 2017 season.
Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional: Mexico's top professional basketball league known as the LNBP will again have 11 teams for its upcoming 2016-17 season that starts in October. Four teams called the Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, Gigantes del Estado de Mexico (Mexico City), Jefes de Fuerza Lagunera de Torreon and Pioneros de Quintana Roo will not return from last season, but four other teams have been added. New teams in Hidalgo and Mexico City will be added, along with returning teams called the Toros de Nuevo Laredo and Barreteros de Zacatecas. The Toros last played in the 2013-14 season and the Barreteros in the 2014-15 season.
Global Women's Basketball Association: The GWBA, which evolved from last season's Women's American Basketball Association, recently completed its short inaugural 2016 season with four participating teams called the Flint Lady Monarchs, Milwaukee Aces, Akron Innovators and Illinois Starletz (Chicago). Each team was scheduled for six games from mid-June to early August.
Midwest Professional Basketball Association: The MPBA is returning to Bloomington (IL) for the 2017 season, as the Lima (OH) Express is relocating to become the Bloomington Express. The Lima Express played two seasons in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) before moving to the MPBA for the 2016 season. The MBPA had the Bloomington Flex, also a former PBL team, in its first season of 2015.
Midwest Professional Indoor Football: The MPIF, which played a short 2016 season with four teams from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, announced a new team called the Illinois Cowboys (Chicago) will be part of the league's second season in 2017.
Arena Developmental League: The ownership of a new indoor football team called the Dayton Wolfpack officially announced plans to be part of the ADL for the league's inaugural 2017 season. Along with Dayton, the league lists the Columbus (GA) Lions and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (Allentown, PA) from the 2016 American Indoor Football and a new team called the High Country Grizzlies (Boone, NC).
Can-Am Indoor Football League: Another new indoor league called the CAIFL plans to start play in 2017 and currently lists teams in a six-team Eastern Division and five-team Western Division. Two of the CAIFL teams are the Vermont Bucks (Burlington), formerly announced as a 2017 expansion team in the now-defunct American Indoor Football, and the Baltimore Lightning, originally targeted to play in the new Arena Developmental League. Other teams and markets include the Connecticut Chiefs, New Hampshire Brigade (Nashua), Reading (PA) Raptors, Welland (Ontario), Lockport (NY), Rochester (NY), Buffalo (NY), Cleveland (OH), and Glens Falls (NY).
Supreme Indoor Football: The proposed league known as the SIF, which was organized by the owner of the Cape Fear Heroes (Fayetteville, NC) and failed to get off the ground in 2016, recently announced the league will start play in 2017. Details of the league lineup will be announced in a future news conference. The SIF is also part of an organization called the Indoor Football Alliance.
Arena Football League-Global: The AFL-Global, which has been involved in starting the new China Arena Football League, plans to move into Australia. A series of exhibition games will be held in Australia during 2017 with plans for a six-team national league to start in 2018.