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Michael Mooney
May 24, 2022 - Sports

Our list of team names for Dallas' hypothetical second NFL franchise

A running back running in a very old photo
Long before the Houston Texans, we had the Dallas Texans. (Now the Chiefs.) Which proves you can absolutely re-use an NFL franchise name. Photo: Hy Peskin/Getty Images

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has been publicly advocating for a second NFL franchise in North Texas — specifically in South Dallas.

Everett Cook
May 12, 2022 - Sports

Wings kick off crucial 2022 season

Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Dallas Wings handles the ball during the game against the Atlanta Dream
Arike Ogunbowale handles the ball against the Atlanta Dream. Photo: Jim Cowsert/NBAE via Getty Images

It's starting to feel like it's now or never for the Wings.

State of play: Led by rising superstar Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas should theoretically be on the cusp of contention. The Wings made three of the WNBA's top five draft picks in 2021 and three of the top seven in 2020.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 9, 2022 - Sports

Meet the Jackals, Dallas' professional rugby team

Dallas Jackals full team photo
Rugby teams are large. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Jackals

The Dallas Jackals team president wants more people to know there’s another professional sports team in North Texas.

  • The Major League Rugby team is playing its first season in Arlington.

Driving the news: In response to a CBS tweet asking which city should get an NFL expansion team if one were announced, Mayor Eric Johnson offered up southern Dallas last week.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 9, 2022 - Sports

The sights, sounds of a Dallas Jackals rugby game

Dallas Jackals game
This is rugby. Photo: Tasha "Maul" Tsiaperas/Axios

Yelling "come on" when your team is down and the opponent is en route to scoring again is universal to all sports fans.

  • The tradition continued during a recent visit to Choctaw Stadium to watch the Dallas Jackals.

Driving the news: About 3,000 fans have attended the home games this year. "Obviously I want it to be 30,000," team president Scott Sonju tells Axios.

Michael Mooney
May 3, 2022 - Sports

An incredibly casual fan's guide to the Dallas Stars' playoff run

Dallas Stars Jason Robertson
Jason Robertson is one to watch. Photo: Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

After the Dallas Stars squeaked into the NHL playoffs in the last week of the season, they'll face the Pacific Division-winning Calgary Flames in the first round.

  • Or as The Hockey Guy put it: "It ends up being Texas versus Canada-Texas."

The big picture: The Flames beat the Stars in two of their three matchups this season — Dallas won the first game in overtime — and Calgary is among the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Apr 8, 2022 - Sports

Dallas Rangers sign landmark crypto sponsorship deal

Globe Life Field from above
Globe Life Field with the roof pulled back. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers now have a cryptocurrency partner in Trade The Chain, which paid for the deal entirely in digital currency, including bitcoin and ether.

Why it matters: The team and the trading community say the deal is likely the first in the MLB paid entirely in cryptocurrency.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Apr 8, 2022 - Sports

A casual fan’s guide to the new Rangers season

A batter swinging a bat
Corey Seager hits a home run during a spring training game. More of those, please. Photo: Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Texas Rangers hit off the delayed season Friday in Toronto. Their home opener is Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

Last season: The Rangers were abysmal, with 102 losses.

Michael Mooney
Apr 4, 2022 - Sports

North Texas has "realistic chance" of hosting 2026 World Cup, FC Dallas president says

Toyota Stadium in Frisco
FC Dallas fills up Toyota Stadium for most home games. Photo: Omar Vega/Getty Images

While the financial cost-benefit analysis of hosting a World Cup is debatable, bringing the largest sporting event in the world to North Texas in 2026 could have impacts that go beyond economics, FC Dallas president Dan Hunt tells Axios.

Driving the news: FC Dallas hosted a large watch party for the 2022 World Cup draw last week, and Hunt was on hand to talk about the social implications the 2026 tournament could have on the region.

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