The WNBA owners have unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the 2016 season. The franchise will finish the 2015 season in Tulsa before playing their games in Arlington, Texas next year:
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Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth-largest Metropolitan area in the United States while hosting one of the top five media markets for professional sports.
“The WNBA is extremely grateful to the city of Tulsa and the team’s loyal fans. The support they have shown for the Shock and women’s professional basketball over the past six seasons has been tremendous,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “We look forward to having our first team based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”
Playing their games at the College Park Center on the University of Texas at Arlington campus, the Shock are in prime position to thrive in a larger market.
An expansion team in 1998, the franchise originated in Detroit while winning their first WNBA title just five years later under head coach and former Detroit Piston Bill Laimbeer. In 2006, the Shock would go on to win their second title before winning their third in 2008.
Spending their last season in Detroit in 2009, the Shock have hit hard times since retreating to Oklahoma and have failed to make the playoffs since. The move to a Metropolitan area, once again, may be the spark the once dominant franchise needs to return to the top of the league.