WNBA approves Tulsa Shock relocation to Arlington, Texas
WNBA owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday.
The Shock will finish their current season in Oklahoma and move to Texas in time for the 2016 WNBA season.
Majority owner Bill Cameron announced the team's intention to move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Monday. The Shock have been in Tulsa since 2010, when they moved to Oklahoma from Detroit.
"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," WNBA President Laurel J. Richie said in a statement. "We look forward to having our first team based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area."
The move will not come without its opponents. After Cameron's Monday declaration, minority owner Stuart Price announced he filed a lawsuit against Cameron, accusing the majority owner of using Tulsa as an "incubator" before an eventual move.
The Shock won three WNBA championships while in Detroit, but have not made the playoffs since moving to Tulsa. The 2015 season has been the team's best season since its first move, but the Shock are currently struggling without star Skylar Diggins.
- Rohan Nadkarni