Tulsa Shock owner Bill Cameron plans move the team from Oklahoma to the Dallas-Fort Worth market, he announced Monday.
The Shock have called Tulsa their home since 2010, when the team moved to Oklahoma from Detroit. Tulsa is currently having its best season since relocating, tied for second in the Western Conference at 10-7.
In an email to the Associated Press, Cameron said he hoped the WNBA Board of Governors would vote on relocation as soon as possible. He said the decision was “difficult” because of the effort from Tulsa investors to keep the team in Oklahoma. Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett also lobbied the team to stay, while fans started a “Save Our Shock” group that handed out t-shirts before the Shock's game against Minnesota on Sunday.
The Shock were founded in 1998 as one of the WNBA's first expansion franchises. The team won three championships while in Detroit, where they last played in the 2009 season. The team has yet to make the playoffs since moving to Tulsa.
- Rohan Nadkarni