MLL Using This Weekend's Championship Game To Gauge Dallas As Potential Market
MLL on Saturday will hold its championship game at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, a sign that North Texas "may be in line to get a team as early as the start of next season," according to Tracy Cook of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. MLL Commissioner David Gross admitted, "Wherever we go play special events is where we're looking at." Putting a team in the Dallas area "would be a move toward bringing the game west, as seven of the league's nine teams are on the East Coast." The two exceptions, the Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine, are facing each other in Saturday's title game. Gross said that several groups "are interested in owning a team in Dallas, but Jerry Jones' camp is not one of them." Gross: "The Cowboys will not be an owner. They've made it clear their focus in on the Cowboys, but they're very supportive of what we're trying to do." Cook noted it is "unclear whether a Dallas team would be an expansion of the league or a relocation of an existing team," though there have been "rumors of the Rochester Rhinos moving" to the area. Gross said that MLL is "looking to expand to 16 teams but has to do it the right way." That means "finding an appropriate venue and owners who can expose a new crowd of people to the sport" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/17).