Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report
by Dan Krieger
June 7, 2010 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)
Can-Am League: The six-team Can-Am League has started its 2010 season with one team change from last season. The American Defenders of New Hampshire moved from Nashua (NH) to become the Pittsfield (MA) Colonials. The returning teams include the Brockton (MA) Rox, New Jersey Jackals, Quebec Capitales, Sussex County (NJ) Skyhawks, and Worcester Tornadoes.
Northern League: The Northern League's Lake County Fielders expansion team is still trying to build its home ballpark. Construction of a temporary field for the 2010 season is being attempted, but it is unclear if that will be ready for the team's first home game in a couple of weeks.
Carolina League: The Frederick (MD) Keys, the current High-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the Carolina League, could be affected by the Orioles' reported plans to put its High-A affiliate in Sarasota as part of the Florida State League. The Sarasota Reds left the FSL after the 2009 season and the Reds put its High-A affiliate in the Carolina League as the Lynchburg Hillcats. Lynchburg's previous parent club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, purchased the Sarasota FSL franchise and moved it to Bradenton as the Marauders.
Lone Star Professional Basketball League: The new LSPBL has six teams listed that are expected to participate in the league's inaugural 2010 season in June and July. These include the West Texas Whirlwinds (Midland), New Mexico All-Stars (Albuquerque), Texas RimRockers (Dallas), North Texas Fresh (Fort Worth), Oklahoma Stallions (Edmond), and Union City Ballers (San Antonio).
Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League: The proposed ACPBL has announced at least four teams that plan to be part of its inaugural 2010-11 season, which will run from early December to mid-March. Three of the four teams-the Norfolk True Hope Trailblazers, Garden State Rebels, and Beltway Bombers-were part of the 2010 Eastern Basketball Alliance this past winter. The fourth team is the Team Knights of Atlanta.
American Basketball Association: The ABA has moved the Mississippi Blues from the Southeast to the Southwest Division, which now includes the new Lafayette-based Louisiana United. The new Williamsburg (VA) team is listed as the Seven City Knights in the Mid-Atlantic Division, while the Columbus (GA) Life has been moved from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast. The league confirmed a team in Corbin (KY) will be part of the South Central Division. The ABA also announced two new expansion teams for 2010-11 called the Mobile Bay Hurricanes (Alabama) and the Mid-Valley Titans (Central California). The ABA had a Mobile-based team called the Southern Alabama Bounce in the 2006-07 season.
Global Professional Basketball League: The proposed GPBL, not to be confused with its affiliated GPBL2 that started play this year, now states it will start play in April 2011 instead of the previously announced November 2010 start time. The league plans to eventually have six regional divisions with six to eight teams in each division.
New World Professional Basketball League: The proposed NWPBL now has 12 teams listed that were to be part of a league combine last month. The North includes the Detroit Defenders, Indiana Pride, and Ohio Stealth; the South has the Memphis River Cats, St. Louis Magicians, and Arkansas Armadillos; the East has the Carolina Speed, Georgia Eagles, and Nashville Knights; and the West has the Houston 5 Stars, Mississippi Soul, and Dallas Bandits.
American Indoor Football Association: For the second time this season, the Arctic Predators (Wasilla, AK) were forced to cancel one of its AIFA home games team due to its inability to fund the visiting team's trip to Alaska. The Predators again scheduled a home game against a local semi-pro team called the Anchorage Vikings of the Alaska Football League. The Predators plan to complete its remaining two-game road schedule, but will again play non-AIFA teams from Anchorage for its two remaining home games later this month.
Ultimate Indoor Football League: The proposed UIFL has announced its third team will be located in Northern Kentucky (Highland Heights) when the league starts play in February 2010. Johnstown (PA) and Huntington (WV) were previously announced as UIFL locations.
Independent Alliance Football League: The Conroe (TX) Jaguars, one of the teams in the new indoor IAFL, lists the league's name as the Independent World Football Alliance. Other teams include the Florida Kings, also listed as the My Florida Kings, and the Louisiana (Houma) Conquerors. A Tyler-based team called the Texas Drillers, which could be the East Texas Drillers of the Independent Indoor Football Alliance, is also listed on Conroe's June-July schedule.
ECHL: The ECHL has announced the Charlotte Checkers have been approved to withdraw from the league and a team by the same name will be part of the American Hockey League in 2010-11. All of the Charlotte ECHL players are now free agents. Without Charlotte, the ECHL will have 19 teams in 2010-11. The only other change will be the move of the Johnstown Chiefs to Greenville (SC) where the franchise will be officially renamed later this month. The ECHL had the Greenville Grrrowl franchise that last played in the 2005-06 season.
Central Hockey League: The CHL is meeting with the International Hockey League and the two leagues plan to combine next season under the CHL name. It was uncertain as to how many of the six remaining IHL teams would be part of the new combined league.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: The 18-team QMJHL announced its 2010-11 schedule and stated the league will eliminate the Centre Division and operate with 3 divisions with 6 teams each. The six-team Atlantic Division teams will remain the same, but it has been renamed the Maritimes Division. The East Division will get the Lewiston Maineiacs and Victoriaville Tigres from the Centre Division, while the West Division gets the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Shawinigan Cataractes from the Centre Division. The QMJHL last had three divisions in 2004-05. The league expanded to 18 teams in 2005-06 and went with a 10-team and an 8-team division for three seasons. A four-division alignment has been used the past two seasons with three four-team divisions and one six-team division.
Western States Hockey League: The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League have acquired a franchise in the Tier III Junior-A WSHL. The WSHL team will be called the Texas Junior Brahmas when it starts play in the 2010-11 season.
Northern Junior Hockey League: The NJHL plans to add a team in Danville (IL) for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The Danville Inferno of the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League recently announced a move to Indianapolis for the 2010-11 season.
Continental Junior Hockey League: The new CJHL has formed and announced four teams for its inaugural 2010-11 season. These include the Erie (PA) Blizzard, Syracuse (NY) Stampede, Indiana (PA) Drillers, and a yet-to-be-named Johnstown (PA) team.
Ligue Nord Americaine de Hockey: The Riviere-du-Loup CIMT team in the LNAH has come under new ownership and will be called the Riviere-du-Loup 3L for the 2010-11 season.
Great Lakes Junior Hockey League: The Junior-B level GLJHL has increased from 9 to 11 teams for its upcoming 2010-11 season with the addition of the Wooster (OH) Oilers from the Northern Junior Hockey League and a new team called the Fort Wayne (IN) Federals. The league's Chicago Huskies team is now the Chicago Hitmen, an affiliate of the new Tier II Junior-A team by the same name in the North American Hockey League. The Danville (IL) Inferno moved to become the Indianapolis Inferno and the Illinois Frontenacs moved across the Mississippi River from Fairview Heights (IL) to become the St. Louis Frontenacs for 2010-11.
Primera Division: The 18-team Primera Division, which is the top league in the Federacion Mexican de Futbol (FMF), has realigned the teams among it 3 groups for the upcoming 2010-11 Apertura/Clausura soccer season. The Indios de Ciudad Juarez club was relegated to the second division Liga de Ascenso, while the Necaxa Los Rayos club was promoted from the Liga de Ascenso to the Primera. Necaxa returned to the Primera Division after it was relegated to the Liga de Ascenso for the 2009-10 season. The Apertura (Opening) part of the season will run from July to November 2010, while the Clausura (Closing) portion will run from January to May 2011.
Liga de Ascenso: The Liga de Ascenso, which is below the Primera Division in Mexico's soccer structure, has increased from 17 to 18 teams for the upcoming 2010-11 Apertura/Clausura season. The Estudiantes de Altamira club was promoted from Mexico's Segunda Division to the Liga de Ascenso as the 18th team. Also, the Necaxa Los Rayos club was promoted from the Liga de Ascenso to the Mexican Primera Division for 2010-11, while the Indios de Ciudad Juarez club was relegated from the Primera Division to the Liga de Ascenso. The Apertura (Opening) part of the season will run from July to November 2010, while the Clausura (Closing) part of the season will run from January through April 2011.
Premier Arena Soccer League: A new indoor team called the Evansville Crush plans to be part of the 2010-11 PASL-Premier fall/winter indoor season.
National Lacrosse League: The NLL announced earlier this year that the league had no expansion plans for 2011, but whenever expansion is discussed Vancouver is the first city mentioned. The league wants to be careful moving back into Vancouver after having problems with the previous Vancouver Ravens group that had an NLL team for three seasons (2001-04). An attempt to revive the Ravens for the 2008 season fell through, while an attempt by another group to bring a team to Vancouver in 2011 has stalled.
Dan Krieger is the creator of the Leagueology almanac known as "Leagues, Teams & Nicknames", which tracks the changes in league alignments, franchise movements and team nicknames in today's sports world. The latest 2009-10 edition is available at http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/leagues-teams-nicknames-2009-10/6534940. Dan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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