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Major League Quidditch Relocates Franchise to Boise

Boise, Idaho (December 19, 2017) — Major League Quidditch (MLQ) is relocating a franchise to Boise, Idaho for the 2018 season.

The Boise Grays will replace the Phoenix Sol in the West Division. The Sol joined the league in 2016 and played two seasons in Arizona.

The Grays, named after the gray wolves reintroduced to Idaho in the 1990s, will compete against teams from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. The team will hold open tryouts in April.

Quidditch is a mixed-gender, full-contact sport played by over 500 teams in 26 countries. The rules were adapted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Founded in 2015, MLQ is the highest level of quidditch in North America. The league runs from early June to mid-August and includes 16 teams from across the United States and Canada. The defending league champions are the Austin Outlaws.

Boise is home to an active and growing community of quidditch players. The college team at Boise State University was nationally ranked in 2016.

“We are excited to welcome the Boise quidditch community into MLQ,” said Ethan Sturm, MLQ co-founder and co-commissioner. “The drive and dedication they have demonstrated to maintain a thriving group of players and organizers in an area of the country with few other quidditch hubs leaves us confident that they will be a strong addition to our league.”

The Grays will compete to qualify for the league’s marquee event, the 2018 MLQ Championship in Madison, Wis. The top three teams in each division receive an invitation to the tournament.

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