HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Mohegan tribe, reaching back into its history and a game of stickball North American Indians began centuries ago, announced Wednesday it will be part owner of a professional lacrosse team.
Mohegan Sun and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which also operates a casino in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, said they bought half the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League. The team will move to Uncasville, Connecticut, and play its first game in December at Mohegan Sun Arena. The new franchise name will be announced at a later date.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
"The Mohegan Tribe is thrilled to be associated with a game with centuries-old roots with the Eastern Woodland Indians," said tribal chairman Kevin Brown.
The Mohegans are the second Indian affiliation to own a team in the National Lacrosse League; Curt Styres, a Mohawk of Canada's Six Nations, is owner of the Rochester Knighthawks in upstate New York. The league said it's committed to honoring the culture and history of lacrosse, which was started by Indians more than 700 years ago.
The Philadelphia Wings, which is owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings LP, announced on July 11 the team would move for the 2015 season.
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