The End of the Tri-Cities Fever May be NearPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The plug may be pulled on the Tri-Cities Fever in just a few months. Thursday, owner Doug MacGregor, who isu based in Ausint, TX, announced that if he does not find a local owner he may fold the franchise. The teams worst ever season and lowest-ever attendance have hurt badly.
Here is the release sent out form the team on Thursday:
LOCAL OWNERSHIP KEY TO FEVER FRANCHISE OUTCOME
The Tri-Cities Fever ownership is seeking local area investors in order to keep the franchise operating past the 2009 season.
Sponsorships, season tickets, as well as players can thrive through the hardest of times as long as a community feels a significant bond with their local team.
In 2005 the Tri-Cities Fever, with the help of the Schillinger and Carr families, brought in a team that went straight to the top. Both years with the local owners ('05-'06), the team made the playoffs both seasons (Championship in 2005) and averaged 5,175 fans (5,600 stadium capacity) per home game during that span.
Owner Doug MacGregor has seen first hand how big of a difference local ownership can mean to a team. He owns six teams in the af2, five of which have local ownership backing them, while he is the sole owner of the Tri-Cities Fever. Among those teams with local ownership, the Tennessee Valley Vipers won the ArenaCup in 2008 and are ranked 4th in the Coach's Poll in 2009, while the Boise Burn are ranked behind them at 5th.
If local ownership is not found by the end of August, the team could potentially seize operations all together.