Bill Cameron, majority owner of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock announced yesterday that he plans to move the team from Oklahoma to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He’s hoping the WNBA Board of Governors will vote on relocating the team as soon as possible. Reasons he gave for the move are a larger fan base and an increased corporate sponsorship pool in a top-five media market.
Cameron called the decision to move “difficult” due to the hard work from Tulsa investors to keep the team in Oklahoma. Lobbying for the team to stay in Tulsa included both the mayor, Dewey Bartlett and fans who started a “Save Our Shock” group that gave out T-shirts on Sunday at the Shocks game against Minnesota.
One of the WNBA’s first expansion franchises, the Shock was founded in 1998 in Detroit where they won three championships. In 2010 the Shock left Detroit for Tulsa where the team is having its best season since its relocation. The team is currently tied for second at 10-7 in the Western Conference.
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