The Tulsa Shock (10-7) are moving to Dallas so investors can make more profits.
The controversial WNBA team just began winning after being one of the worst teams in the league. The team averaged just eight victories a season in their first five years in Tulsa. The Tulsa Shock was a sponsor of Tulsa’s “gay pride” weekend and parade.
Tulsa Shock player Glory Johnson married another woman, fellow WNBA player Brittney Griner. Johnson is pregnant and sitting out this season. Griner is seeking an annulment.
Majority owner Bill Cameron plans to relocate the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Cameron asked the WNBA to submit the request to the Board of Governors for approval as soon as possible.
“I am proud of the team and the organization and know they will stay focused on making this a winning season,” Cameron said. “I am thankful for the support we have received from the city of Tulsa, Mayors Taylor and Bartlett, local fans and sponsors over the past six years. I appreciate the Tulsa investors who stepped up at a critical time to help me bring the Shock to Tulsa from Detroit in 2010.
“This is a very difficult decision, and I know it is particularly difficult for the Tulsa investors. From a business perspective, it was necessary to evaluate options to place the team and the organization in the best position to achieve financial success. After a thorough review, I believe the Dallas-Fort Worth area holds the greatest potential to achieve our long-term business objectives.”
The relocation will place a WNBA team in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Dallas-Fort Worth represents a well-established professional sports market with one of the top five national media markets and a diverse pool of potential corporate sponsors.