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San Antonio Stars Relocating


Stillwater, OK- The news hit you right in the face like a cold winter day. The reality is stark and bitter.

Thursday night, Spurs Sports And Entertainment announced it would be selling the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA, ending a 15 year run with the franchise. In a statement, the Spurs said,

Dear Stars Family,

We wanted to share the following information regarding our WNBA San Antonio Stars.

The WNBA and Spurs Sports & Entertainment have been in negotiations with a buyer to purchase and relocate the San Antonio Stars. As you may know, the Utah Starzz were one of eight original WNBA teams when the league launched in the summer of 1997. After six seasons in Salt Lake City the franchise relocated to San Antonio in December of 2002 and have since played in San Antonio.

On behalf of Spurs Sports & Entertainment ownership, management, and staff, we are all very thankful to the wonderful Stars fans, season ticket members and corporate partners who have supported the team over the last 15 years. This was an extremely difficult decision as all of us at SS&E are proud of what the Stars have accomplished on the court and in the San Antonio community. The Stars players, coaches and front office staff have always been a focused, driven and talented group of professionals. We extend our deepest gratitude for everyone’s many seasons of dedication, passion and hard work.

We will continue to update with further information as available and we thank you again for your loyal support of the San Antonio Stars and the WNBA.

Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Sources are reporting that the team could be relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to play at the new T-Moblie Arena. If so, it would mark the third professional sports team to play in Vegas in the last four years.

After relocating to SA from Salt Lake City in 2002, the Stars first four years in SA resulted in losing seasons. But when head coach Dan Hughes traded for Becky Hammon in 2007, fortunes finally changed. The Stars went from a 13-21 in 2006 to 20-14 in 2007, their first winning season in San Antonio, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals before losing in a controversial series to the Phoenix Mercury.

The next year, the Stars went further. With the rise of Sophia Young and and Ann Wauters, the Stars finished with a franchise and league best 24-10 record, and with the help of one of the greatest plays in San Antonio sports history, advanced to their first ever WNBA Finals, where they were upset by the Detroit Shock in a three game sweep.

Since then, the franchise has fallen way off course.

A year later, they finished 15-19 and lost in the first round to the Phoenix Mercury. The following year, they finished 14-20 and again lost in the first round to Phoenix.

In 2011, the Stars started 7-1, but collapsed down the stretch and finished 18-16. A year later, they collapsed again, despite a 12 game winning streak, and finished 21-13 before being swept in round 1.

After the 2008 Finals, the Stars made five trips to the playoffs, and went one and done each time, three times getting swept.

An 0-14 start doomed the 2017 season, as the team stumbled to a league worst 7-27. Despite that, many were expecting another season for the WNBA franchise in San Antonio.

Until the bomb dropped on Thursday night.

 

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