In Case You Missed It: Weekly Hockey and Soccer Franchise Report

by Dan Krieger
November 18, 2016 - Major League Soccer (MLS)

HOCKEY

New England Women's Junior Hockey League: The NEWJHL started its 2016-17 season in mid-September with five teams. The league had the same six teams for its first two seasons, but the Boston Bandits team did not return for the league's third season in 2016-17.

Junior Women's Hockey League: The JWHL started its tenth season early last month with nine teams in its Major Junior division. Four teams are based in Canada and five are based in the United States.

World League of Roller Hockey: Major League Roller Hockey's proposed new World League of Roller Hockey recently announced the divisions for the inaugural season that will start in January 2017. North America will have five regional divisions (West, Southwest, Southeast, East and Midwest) in the United States, while Europe will have separate divisions for teams from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe in a Europa division. The European teams will have their playoffs in May with the champion traveling to the United States to face the North American champion.

SOCCER

Canadian Premier League: The proposed professional CPL is organizing for a possible start in 2018. The league is expected to include some ownership groups and markets from the Canadian Football League. One of the first proposed CPL teams is to be operated by the ownership of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and two possible names - the Hamilton Steelers and Hamilton United - have been trademarked. The Hamilton ownership group backed out of plans in 2015 to place a Hamilton-based team in the North American Soccer League.

Major League Soccer: The Sacramento city council has approved plans for a new soccer stadium and a surrounding development that should help the chances for the ownership of the Sacramento Republic FC obtain a future MLS expansion franchise. The proposed MLS expansion team for Miami is still trying to purchase one remaining parcel of land at the site of a planned 25,000-seat stadium. The league is adding a new Los Angeles team in 2018 and would like to add Miami at that time. It looks as though a new stadium will not be ready in Miami by 2018, so a temporary location would have to be considered if Miami were to start play in 2018.

National Premier Soccer League: The owner of the proposed men's soccer team called the Hartford City FC plans to place the team in the elite-level NPSL and it is said to be in the final approval process for being accepted into the league. The owner purchased the Hartford City FC name and logo after a previous ownership group disbanded when plans to build a new soccer stadium for a proposed North American Soccer League team by the same name fell victim to a stadium funding scandal.

OTHER

Arena Lacrosse League: The proposed new professional ALL, which will start play in January 2017 with six teams based in Ontario (Canada), has announced the team names will be the Oshawa Outlaws, Paris River Wolves, Peterborough Timbermen, St. Catharines Shock Wave, Six Nations Snipers (Hagersville) and Toronto Monarchs.

Dan Krieger is the creator of the Leagues, Teams & Nicknames 2015-16: "The Leagueology Almanac" , which tracks the changes in league alignments, franchise movements and team nicknames in today's sports world. The publication is available for sale at www.amazon.com.


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