By: Mike Morig
ROCKFORD (WREX) - After one season in the Northern League, the Rockford RiverHawks leave for the Golden League.
An official announcement is expected next week, but team owner Dave Ciarrachi told the 13 Sports Authority Friday night that the ‘Hawks are Golden League bound and the league itself will expand.
Ciarrachi said the league's new format will feature four divisions, one on the west coast, one in Canada, one in Texas, and one in the Midwest.
The RiverHawks will play in the Midwest division along with former Northern League teams from Schaumburg, Joliet, and Lake County. A potential fifth member of the division could come from Omaha.
Ciarrachi said the Golden League rules will allow the RiverHawks to keep the players they have, no matter their age.
The league will feature 16 or 17 teams and the name of the league along with the divisions will be discussed at the owners meetings later this month.
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