In Case You Missed It: Weekly Baseball, Basketball and Football Franchise Report

by Dan Krieger
December 8, 2016 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)

BASEBALL

Southwest League of Professional Baseball: The proposed new SWL announced its team to be based in Waco (TX) will be called the Waco BlueCats when league play begins in 2018. The name comes from the largest species of North American catfish found in the area's Brazos River. Woolies, Mammoths, Peppers and Grackles were other nickname choices under consideration. The team will play at a new 4,000-seat stadium to be built in nearby Bellmead. The Waco team is to be one of six Texas-based teams that will be part of the league when it starts its 112-game schedule in 2018. The SWL recently announced Royce City, just northeast of Dallas, as a second city for a possible team.

BASKETBALL

Women's National Basketball Association: The WNBA announced the schedule for its 21st season that will run from mid-May to early September 2017. The league will have the same 12 teams as last season. The Eastern Conference will have the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Washington (DC) Mystics, while the Western Conference will feature the Dallas Wings, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, San Antonio Stars and Seattle Storm.

FOOTBALL

National Arena League: The proposed new NAL, which was originally called the Arena Developmental League, has announced its eighth team will be the Monterrey (Mexico) Steel when the league starts play in 2017. The team is expected to include some of the players from the Lagartos de Tampico (Mexico) team that was part of the 2016 league called North American Indoor Football.

National Football League: Although the NFL's Oakland Raiders are trying to move to a proposed new stadium in Las Vegas, a group in Oakland is trying to keep the team from moving and has developed plans for a new stadium to be built next to the team's current home at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Las Vegas stadium could be ready in 2019 and the team could apply for relocation at the NFL's January 2017 meeting. After the recent failure of a public vote on a new football stadium in San Diego, the NFL's San Diego Chargers appear ready to exercise an option to move to Los Angeles and be part of the Rams' new stadium that should be ready for the 2019 season. The option expires on January 15, 2017. The Chargers could move to Los Angeles as soon as next season and possibly use the StubHub Center, which is home to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, as its home. It looks as though the NFL might move forward with discussion of plans to start a developmental league in the near future. The NFL appears to be considering either a spring league or an in-season training academy for valuable talent.

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