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LAFC Break Ground, Name Stadium Banc of California Stadium

The site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is now Banc of California Stadium, as Los Angeles FC began construction on the new stadium Tuesday.

Banc of California is relatively small for a stadium naming rights deal, holding only $10 billion is assets, which is a lot, but minuscule compared to other stadium naming right owners such as BBVA Compass.

The naming rights deal lasts for 15 years and the team is scheduled to debut in MLS in 2018, following Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC who are set to join for the 2017 season.

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Advanced-A Ball Realigning for 2017

The California League will lose two teams while two new franchises will begin play in the 2017 Carolina League, Minor League Baseball announced Monday.

The Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks, plagued with old facilities and legal issues with the city respectively, will cease operations, leaving the California League with eight teams.  The Carolina League will place an expansion franchise n Kinston, North Carolina and another city to be determined, with Fayetteville, North Carolina being the leading candidate should a temporary venue be found as the city has made progress on planning a new ballpark for a future Astros affiliate in the league.

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Atlanta Dream Move to Georgia Tech

The Atlanta Dream have played the majority of their games at Philips Arena since their inception as an expansion team in the Women's National Basketball Association in 2008.  The arena has also hosted the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers and the AFL's Georgia Force at times, but was most famous as the home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

In recent years, the team has played a handful of games at Hank McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Institute of Technology, home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's and women's basketball teams and a former home of the Hawks.  The team announced Monday it would be playing the entirety of it 2017 and 2018 seasons and any 2016 playoff games (the team is currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at the pavilion as Philips Arena would be unavailable.

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