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Dec. 26, 2015 — A Wing and a prayer

I didn’t want to go too much longer without noting the change in location of the WNBA franchise formerly known as the Detroit Shock.

After a stopover in Tulsa as a sister franchise of the NBDL’s Tulsa 66ers, the WNBA team followed its brother out of town when the 66ers became the Oklahoma City Blue.

But the Shock went south to Dallas to become the Wings. The team will not be playing in the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. And Mark Cuban, one of the richest men in the world, isn’t part of the ownership group of the new team.

Instead, it is original Shock owner Bill Cameron, combined with record producer Chris Christian, who are spearheading the ownership group in Dallas.

The team will be playing in a modest 7,000-seat arena at the University of Texas at Arlington. Given the low attendance in Tulsa (which was last in the 12-team league), there is nowhere to go but up.

But what I see in this move is a second foray into Texas. The WNBA began with a championship-level team in Houston, but when the championships stopped, the franchise shockingly folded in 2008.

To me, that was a black eye on the league, one from which the current management of the WNBA is doing everything it can to recover. And with former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins on the Dallas Wings’ roster, I think the team is going to be a true contender for the title in a very short time.

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