The Jacksonville Ravens have completed a move and re-naming which will see them start 2017 in Olean, NY, as the Olean Oilers, it was announced today.
New GM and manager Bart Snyder had made the announcement to the GMs earlier, but the team was now ready to unveil it’s new logo and make the announcement publicly just days before the start of Spring Training for 2017.
The franchise has a long history, dating back to 1989, originally as the Richmond Raiders. In 1991, they were renamed the Richmond Ravens, moving from Richmond, Virginia to Richmond, California at the same time.
They became the first team to win back-to-back Bull Cups after taking both the 1995 and 1996 Bull League Championships. In 2012, during a major expansion and reorganization, the team was once again moved, this time to Jacksonville, Florida, though keeping the Ravens name. With the move to Olean, NY, located a short distance from Buffalo, this marks the first time a team from the American Eagle League has been placed in a city within the geographic area of the Lake League, which has traditionally ruled the Great Lakes basin and the northeastern United States.
The last team to occupy the Western New York market was the New York Minutemen, which were previously based in Buffalo for a number of years. The Minutemen relocated to New York City at the beginning of the off-season after the 2016 season.