The future of the San Antonio Scorpions has been in doubt for some time, following reports that Toyota Field had been sold to a group targeting Major League Soccer. On Tuesday, that deal was made official, and the North American Soccer League responded with the following statement:
San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman informed the NASL that his business transaction with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and Spurs Sports and Entertainment has resulted in the sale of Toyota Field and S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex. The NASL is working with Hartman to determine the future of the San Antonio Scorpions.
We are proud that the NASL has been able to make a significant contribution to the special needs community and the league is grateful to the fans of San Antonio for their support.
Every sports league in North America has experienced turnover in its early stages and the NASL is fortunate to have a group of owners and league officials that has a tremendous understanding of how to work through change. Ownership and investment interest is at an all-time high, and we expect to be a 20-team league in the near future.
There have been rumors circulating for some time that the league would like to move the club to Las Vegas, likely under a new ownership group. Those rumors got some additional fuel on Monday, when it came out that a new name and website had been registered in Nevada last month:
The league's statement definitely leaves the door for such a move open, though it seems unlikely that the ownership group remains the same. Fortunately, that means that the NASL will likely be rid of club president Howard Cornfield. On the flip side, we'll likely be saying farewell to the club's mascot, who was either a Scorpion or actual feces. Sad news, whichever it was.