One bit of major news that transpired this past season was the impending relocation of the Tulsa Shock to Dallas. Today at the University of Texas-Austin, the WNBA unveiled the team's new logo and name.
The now former Tulsa Shock are now the Dallas Wings.
Here an excerpt from the release:
Business executive and investor Bill Cameron, who has owned the team for seven years, will remain Majority Owner and Chairman of the team. Texas native Chris Christian, an award winning songwriter/record producer who was a driving force in bringing women’s professional basketball to the DFW Metroplex, will serve as Vice Chairman and Managing partner for the Dallas Wings.
"We are bringing to the metroplex a young and dynamic team with tremendous upside," said Cameron. "They are fun to watch and they will endear themselves to their new home. The presence of Skylar and Odyssey today for this major announcement underscores the excitement of the team to represent this market in the WNBA. These professional athletes are without a doubt some the finest athletes in the world."
"This is an exciting time for the DFW Metroplex as women’s professional basketball returns after 30 years," said Christian. "The next generation of girls and boys will now have a new team of professional athletes to cheer for and inspire by their hard work, commitment, dedication, discipline and the love of competition."
Led by WNBA All-Star Diggins, leading scorer and Irving, Texas native Sims and 2015 WNBA All-Star Plenette Pierson, the Dallas Wings becomes the newest professional sports franchise in one of the most vibrant sports markets in the U.S.
"We are thrilled to bring the WNBA to the DFW Metroplex, home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world," said Tatum. "As we prepare for our historic twentieth season, this is a very exciting time for the league and its teams, and we are pleased that the Dallas Wings will be part of the celebration."
The Dallas Wings will play its home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat arena conveniently located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington.
Stay tuned to Swish Appeal throughout the day for updates from this historic event.