Here are the latest new sports franchises which will begin play soon:
- Amarillo (To-Be-Named) will be a new farm team for the San Diego Padres in the Texas League (TL) to begin play in 2019. The San Antonio Missions franchise relocated to Amarillo as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox have relocated to San Antonio in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). The five finalists in a name-the-team contest are: Boot Scooters, Bronc Busters, Jerky, Long Haulers and Sod Poodles. The “winning” name will be chosen in the next few weeks. Amarillo previously had an independent league team called the Dillas from 1994-2010.
- Colorado Springs will have a team in the Pioneer League (PL) next spring after the Sky Sox moved to San Antonio in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). The five finalists in the name-the-team contest are Happy Campers, Lamb Chops, Punchy Pikas, Throttle Jockeys and Rocky Mountain Oysters.
- Traverse City (Michigan), which is located in Northern Michigan, will have a team in the Northwoods League. The league just completed its 25th season as a summer collegiate baseball league.
- Lansing (Michigan) Ignite will begin play in the United Soccer League One (USL 1) next season. The USL 1 is a new league under the United Soccer League (USL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) umbrella.
- Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Rougarou will begin play in the Texas Collegiate League next season. A “rougarou” is often described as a creature with a human body and the head of a wolf or dog, similar to a werewolf.
- Vancouver Warriors will play in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) this season. The Warriors moved from Everett, Washington when they were known as the Washington Stealth.
- Boston (Massachusetts), Atlanta (Georgia), Los Angeles (California) and Washington (DC) will be expansion teams in Major League Rugby (MLR) for the 2020 season. The MLR played its first season this past summer with eight teams.
- Halifax will join the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in the 2019 season when the Rochester Knighthawks move to Halifax.
- Tucson (Arizona) Sugar Skulls will be an expansion team in the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 2019. The franchise was awarded in August. The team name originated from the local tradition of creating sugar skulls for Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
After writing this blog the question that screams at me is: WHO IS COMING UP WITH THESE TEAM NAMES? Maybe we shouldn’t have fans name the teams and have professional people who can come up with some team names instead of trying to come up with the most ridiculous names possible.
I should know. I once attended Macon Whoopee hockey games.