Since the announcement of the merger, Economides said a number of cities have also shown interest in starting new franchises, and further expansion is planned for upcoming years. Hale sees the league eventually growing to 15 teams or more.

"I think the first thing we have to do is stabilize what we have just put together, and the second thing is we have to expand wisely," he said. "That's basically it."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

2011-12 Baltimore Blast Schedule

Released Tuesday by the MISL

Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Syracuse Silver Knights 7:35 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18 at Missouri Comets 8:35 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19 at Wichita Wings 8:35 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26 at Rochester Lancers 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27 at Syracuse Silver Knights 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3 at Rochester Lancers 1:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9 vs. Missouri Comets 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, Dec.10 vs. Syracuse Silver Knights 7:35 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Chicago 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Chicago TBA

Saturday, Dec. 31 at Milwaukee Wave 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Syracuse Silver Knights 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7 vs. Rochester Lancers 7:35 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 at Norfolk SharX 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20 vs. Norfolk SharX 7:35 p.m.