NEW ORLEANS, N.Y., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The Utah Starzz will relocate to San Antonio for the 2003 season, and will be owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
The announcement was made by WNBA President Val Ackerman.
The decision to move the franchise was made by the WNBA following last month's announcement that Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) had exceeded its season ticket pledge requirement of 6,000.
"We are extremely excited to have a team in place with the experience and caliber of the Starzz," said San Antonio WNBA Chief Operating Officer Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil. "We are looking forward to seeing our efforts brought to life with this group of players, who have demonstrated their competitiveness and will make San Antonio proud."
The Starzz are one of the WNBA's eight original teams. They made their second straight trip to the playoffs last season and advanced to the Western Conference finals before losing to the eventual champion Los Angeles Sparks.
The league is continuing its discussions with potential owners in various cities who are interested in acquiring WNBA teams.
Last month, the Sol left Miami and the Orlando Miracle announced plans to move.