Lynn Holzman has
been named the
of women’s basketball. Holzman, who
has been commissioner of the West Coast Conference
since 2014, previously spent 16 years at
Nashville, Tennessee, has been awarded a Major League Soccer expansion
franchise. The team is expected to play
in a new 27,500-seat, soccer-specific
stadium at The Fairgrounds Nashville,
although it has not yet been decided
what year the team will begin play.
The International Surfing Association and the World Surf League have
announced a preliminary agreement
on the qualification procedures for the
2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. As part of the agreement, 18 of the
40 places at the Games will be reserved
for WSL Championship Tour surfers,
and 20 will be determined at the 2019
and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games and
the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.
The final two spots will be reserved for
athletes from Japan, the host nation.
MGM Resorts International has an-
nounced that its WNBA franchise will
be called the Las Vegas Aces. The team,
which previously played in San Anto-
nio as the Stars, will begin play this year
at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The National Arena League has announced that one of its recent expansion franchises, the Maine Mammoths,
will play indoor football at the Cross
Insurance Arena in Portland.
Hosts & Suppliers
Kindra Fry has been appointed president and chief executive officer of
Experience Bryan College Station
(Texas), where she had been serving as
interim CEO since June. Fry began her
career in 1999 as marketing manager
of the NAIA based in Olathe, Kansas.
BOXBy Jennifer Lee
19 clubs will participate in eMLS
for a chance to compete at the
FIFA e World Cup
Major League Soccer has announced the creation of eMLS, an e-sports league that will fea- ture players competing in FIFA 18, a game from Electronic Art (EA) Sports. The 19 participating MLS clubs will recruit
e-sports players who will compete for the chance to represent the league in the
FIFA e World Cup.
The eMLS Cup will make its debut at PAX East, a gaming festival to be held
April 5–8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The winner will advance to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff.
MLS becomes the latest professional sports league in North America to
launch an e-sports competition. The NBA will debut its NBA 2K League this
year, and the National Football League will have the finals of its own Madden
tournament at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. n J.L.