by Dan Krieger
5 September 2022 – USL Championship
MLB Major League Baseball: While Trenton Thunder’s six-team ownership of the MLB League, which is a showcase for the best qualifying prospects for the MLB Draft prior to the MLB Draft, is committed to the league for now, its goal is for the team to return to being an MLB team in the future. Trenton Thunder lost his Double-A affiliation with the New Yankees while restructuring Minor League Baseball ahead of the 2021 season and opted to join the MLB Draft League in 2021.
Canadian Western Baseball League: Edmonton prospects for the summer WCBL team faced delays in completing a new soccer field in the suburbs of Spruce Grove and may not be ready for the start of the 2023 season. The prospects lost their lease at RE/MAX Field in Edmonton ahead of the 2021 season, so the team played as a team To travel only in 2021 and play most of his games in 2022 at Sherwood Park while waiting for the new Spruce Grove ballpark to be completed. . The prospects control the Edmonton market for WCBL, so the group that took over at RE/MAX Field staged the Edmonton Riverhawks in the West Coast League Summer League and that team began playing in the 2022 season.
National Basketball Association – Gatorade League (G-League): This week, the NBA G-League announced the schedule for the 2022-23 30-team season that will once again be split into two. The season will feature 28 teams operating under individual affiliations with 28 of the 30 NBA teams, as well as the G-League Ignite development team (now in the Las Vegas area) and the unaffiliated Mexico City Capitanes. Only the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns of the NBA do not have affiliated teams in the G-League. Each G-League team will play a 50-game schedule with the first part being the Showcase Cup from early November to late December followed by a regular 32-game season from late December through March 2023. Teams will be aligned in four regional groups for the Championship Show cup and switch to align two regular season conferences. There was one off-season team name change as the Aqua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (CA) team was renamed the Ontario Clippers.
Basketball League: The TBL professional junior team announced that two additional expansion teams called the Fairfax Storms (Fairfax County, Virginia) and Maryland Tempest (Bowie) have been added for the 2023 season.
East Coast Basketball League: The semi-professional ECBL recently announced the addition of a team called Virginia Dream to the Northwest Division, while teams called Georgia Kangaroos (Toccoa) and Letitfly Webdogs of Spartanburg (SC) were added to the Southwest Division for the 2023 season. Virginia was Dream is part of the Official Basketball Association, while Georgia Kangaroo is part of the World Basketball Federation. The former ECBL travel-only team called the Bishopville (SC) Devils has been promoted to a full-table team for the 2023 season and will play in the Southeast Division.
Upland South Indoor Football League: A new low-level development indoor soccer league known as USIFL is being organized to start in November 2022. The league currently has five member teams called Ohio Blitz (Lima), Morristown (Tennessee) Gators, Kentuckyana Coors (Louisville), Kentucky Banditz (Danville) and Kentucky Mafia (Elizabeth Town).
National Arena League: The Albany (New York) Empire and the NAL’s Orlando Predators purchase a benefit to the league’s (GA) Columbus Lions. NAL worked with six teams in 2022, but plans to add Mustangs in Fayetteville (North Carolina) and West Texas Warbirds (Odessa) for 2023.
Premier Hockey League: The Women’s Professional Hockey League has officially announced the name of its new expansion team in Montreal, and the seventh team in the league will be the Montreal Force when it begins playing in the 2022-23 season.
Can-Am Junior Hockey League: The independent CAJHL, which began playing in January 2022 when six teams left the former Western Hockey League midway through the 2021-22 season to form the CAJHL, currently lists five teams based in Alberta (Canada) for the 2022-23 season. Of the six CAJHL teams from last season, the only non-Canadian team in the league called the Vernal (UT) Oilers moved to the US Junior Hockey League third tier for the 2022-23 season and another team called the Edmonton Eagles will not be part of the 2022-23 season . CAJHL has added an expansion team called AMP Warriors based in Calgary (Alberta) for the 2022-23 season.
Liga de Balompie Mexicano: The Mexican professional independent LBM (League de Mexico) football club, which finished its 2022 season in July with seven teams, recently announced teams called Cachorros FC (San Luis Potosi) and Lobos USSL (Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico). Added for the 2023 season. LBM has also finished the six teams that will start the new LBM Segunda Division (Second Division) this month.
USL Championship (USL): A group of investors under the name JAXUSL has acquired the franchise to expand the Jacksonville (Florida) Division II Men’s Professional League Championship with plans to have the team start playing in 2025. The group is currently looking into sites for a new football stadium Proposed for a men’s team and a potential women’s team in the new USL Super League, which begins play next year. JAXUSL has also partnered with the Jacksonville-based Florida Elite Soccer Academy, which operates pre-professional teams in the USL League Two and the USL W-League. The city’s newest professional football team was the men’s Jacksonville Armada, who last played in the last 2017 season of the North American Football League’s Second Division.
Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido Profesional: The northeastern division of Mexico’s top indoor soccer league known as the LMFR recently started playing in the 2022-2023 season with eight teams aligned with the South (Sur) and North (Norte) teams. LMFR also has other regional divisions that will begin playing later this fall or early 2023. LMFR is also planning a women’s league called LMFR Femenil which will begin playing in January 2023.
Arena Lacrosse League: ALL Canada’s amateur in-house development team recently announced the addition of a team in Brampton to be the eighth team in the Ontario ALL East division. ALL ran with the seven-team ALL East and four-team ALL West in British Columbia for the 2021-22 season that ran from mid-December 2021 to early April 2022. The name of the Brampton team remains to be announced.
Dan Krieger is the creator of the Sports Weekly League and Franchise Report, which has been tracking changes in the world’s sports leagues, teams and titles since April 2007.
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