http://www.dodgeglobe.com/news/20160922 ... m-for-team
The more things change...Third time a charm for team?
By Roger Bluhm/@roger_dcglobe
Shawn Smith really wants to bring a new sports team to Dodge City.
Smiths first attempt was announced in January as he tried to create a new basketball league to go with the Dodge City Mavericks.
By mid-March, plans for a Central Basketball League were dropped and the Mavericks became a proposed semi-pro football team.
"Just to keep everyone up to date with the Mavericks, it was a board decision to stick with the name and make it a minor league football team," Smith said at the time. "We didn't really have enough interest in basketball and we are willing to try this route."
Despite stating there isnt enough interest in basketball, Smith sent out a release earlier this week announcing the Dodge City Enforcers basketball team.
"The Enforcers have found a home in Dodge City," the release said. "The Enforcers will start play in the 2017-18 season and are looking to join the American Basketball Association."
Smith said the Enforcers season will run from early November to April.
The problem with Smiths press release is simple the Daily Globe can not find the venue the team intends to call its home court.
"They arent playing here," said Dodge City Community College athletic director Casey Malek. "We havent had contact with them."
When asked about playing at the Dodge City Civic Center, Dodge City High School athletic director Jay Gifford said, "To my knowledge, they have not contacted anyone in USD 443 regarding the possibility of using the civic center."
"We havent heard from anyone," said Chris Ragland, executive director of United Wireless Arena. "Wed be happy to and see if we can work something out, but I havent talked with Shawn."
The Daily Globe also checked with the Dodge City YMCA, but was told theyve had no contact with the Enforcers and they couldnt accommodate the team due to open gym and league games at the facility.
When contacted about a venue, Smith replied, "That will be in the next release."
Dodge City was the home of the Dodge City Legend, a United States Basketball League squad from 2000 to 2007. The Legend, which played at the civic center, won USBL titles in 2000, 2003 and 2005 and were supported by fans in Dodge City.
The Legend were owned by area business leaders.
According to reports, Smith owned the Kansas Cagerz of the USBL during that time. The team was based in Salina and played at the Bicentennial Center.
The American Basketball Association has 12 divisions divided geographically throughout the US. The Dodge City Enforcers would likely play in the Great Plains Division of Kansas City Steel, Bartlesville Rimrattlers, Tulsa Twisters, Kansas City Soul, Colorado Cougars, Colorado Kings and Salina Saints.
Last year, when announcing the Mavericks and Central Basketball League, Smith and his One Sports Distraction Group, also were trying to create ABA teams in Salina, the Thunder, and Topeka, the Aviators. Neither team survived, but a new ownership created the Salina Saints and joins the ABA this season.
There are no local offices for the Dodge City Enforcers and Smith is asking for coaches and players interested in the team to email him at [email protected]. For more information, contact Smith at 785-379-1180.