by Dan Krieger
September 28, 2016 - National Arena League (NAL)
Pacific Coast League: The mayor of San Antonio stated that the city is still interested in building a stadium for a possible relocated Triple-A PCL team, but the construction costs would require more private financing. San Antonio is hoping to lure the PCL's Colorado Springs Sky Sox to the proposed new stadium at which time the city's current Double-A Texas League team would relocate to an interested market like Amarillo or Wichita. The city of Amarillo recently announced a new stadium for a Texas League team would probably not be ready until 2019, if financing comes through, while Wichita is starting to debate construction of a new Double-A stadium.
Carolina League: Both the city of Fayetteville (NC) and Cumberland County have approved contributions to fund a new Fayetteville ballpark for a high Class-A Carolina League team. The city will move forward on ballpark designs and try to finalize a lease with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, who plan to operate an affiliated team in Fayetteville..
Appalachian League: The Tennessee Smokies (Sevierville) of the Double-A Southern League have talked of building a new stadium in nearby Knoxville for a possible team in the advanced Rookie-level Appalachian League.
Southwest League of Professional Baseball: The group trying to bring a new SWL team to the Waco (TX) area announced it has financing in place to build a new stadium and launch the team. This team is to be one of six Texas-based teams that will be part of the league when it starts play in 2018. BASKETBALL
East Coast Basketball League: The ECBL has added another 2017 expansion team called the Carolina Kings, based in Greenville (SC).
Premier Basketball League: Late last month, the PBL announced an expansion team called the Washington Warhawks, based out of Arlington (VA), will be part of the upcoming 2017 season.
Central Basketball Association: The CBA started expansion to the East Coast this summer with the addition of the Baltimore Shuckers and recently announced the Washington (DC) Stars as another new East Coast team for 2017. The Washington Stars are the former Metropolitan All-Stars team that played three seasons (2012-15) as part of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL), which was also home to the Shuckers for the past four seasons. The CBA also announced another new team called the Illinois Coal Miners, based in Danville, will be part of the 2017 season.
American Basketball Association: The individual who was trying to form the Central Basketball League (CBL) is trying to form a team called the Dodge City (KS) Enforcers that could start play in the 2017-18 season of the ABA. There was an attempt to form a team called the Dodge City Mavericks in the CBL, but plans for that team and league were dropped earlier this year. FOOTBALL
National Football League: The NFL commissioner stated that even though efforts are moving forward on a stadium in Las Vegas for the league's Oakland Raiders, there are still no assurances the Raiders will move to Las Vegas and there still could be a new stadium option in Oakland.
Spring League of American Football: The proposed new professional outdoor SLAF plans to launch in 2018 as a springtime alternative to the NFL. The SLAF plans to have ten teams with each team representing one of ten geographic regions (East, Ohio Valley, Atlantic, Southeast, South, Southwest, Plains, West, Midwest and Northwest) in the United States.
Arena Developmental League: The proposed new ADL announced the addition of a new Northern Kentucky team for its inaugural season in 2017. The new team will be based in Highland Heights, which has been home to some professional indoor football league teams in the past. The Northern Kentucky River Monsters were part of the 2011 Ultimate Indoor Football League and the 2014 Continental Indoor Football League, while the Northern Kentucky Monsters were part of the 2012 United Indoor Football League. The now-defunct AIF tried to place a 2016 team called the Northern Kentucky Nightmare in Highland Heights, but it ended up being a partial-schedule travel-only team.
American Indoor Football: The New Mexico Stars indoor football team, which was based just north of Albuquerque in Rio Rancho and played the 2016 season as part of the now-defunct AIF, announced the team has ceased operations. The New Mexico Stars played its inaugural 2012 season as part of the Indoor Football League, moved to the Lone Star Football League for two seasons (2013-14) and were supposed be part of the Champions Indoor Football for the 2015 season, but dropped out and sat idle in 2015. The Stars joined the proposed new North American Indoor Football (NAIF) and announced plans to join X-League Indoor Football before moving to the AIF for the 2016 season.
Champions Indoor Football: The CIF officially announced a new Kansas City area team will be part of the 2017 season. The new Kansas City team listed Phantoms, Wicked, Express and Crush as potential team nicknames for fan voting.
Indoor Football Association: The proposed new IFA recently announced a team called the Madison (WI) Mad Dawgs has joined the league. A previously announced IFA team called the Cincinnati Flex has decided not to move forward as a member of the IFA.
Supreme Indoor League: The proposed SIF, which plans to start play in 2017, now lists the Triangle Torch (Raleigh, NC) as its fifth team. The Triangle Torch played its first season in 2016 as part of the now-defunct American Indoor Football.