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Fever Owner Discusses Fate of Team

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It's hard to imagine no arena football in the Tri-Cities. The Fever has been around since 2005, but owner Doug MacGregor is still  losing money. Lately the the team has struggled mightily in the standings and in the stands. MacGregor, who is based in Austin, says if doesn't find a local business partner to invest in the team, he'll shut it down.
"We're working hard to bring in local owners. If we can we'll have the team there and if we can't we wont have the team," he said.
"We have a number of groups we're talking with and I'm hopeful that they are gonna pan out.  We are on a reasonable track to get it to be profitable this year but with the economy just about everything...
and I'll be honest. I'm dissapointed that the fans havent been there."
The team actually won on Saturday beating Stockton 42-35 to improve to 2-11 on the year. Not a lot of people were there to witness it. The announced crowd of 3,189 was a very generous total.
"I expected it," said O'Hara when asked about the sparse crowd. "It was more about that we had an opportunity to win this game and I'm happy for them.
"It's not Spokane where you get 12,000 at a game," said Fever QB Colin Drafts. "but you can get 5,000 at the Toyota Center. and the fans are great and hopefully they come back."
If football does not come back?
"It would be sad because we have a lot of great fans and a lot of people support the Fever," said veteran DB Jamie Hattley. "it would be sad for the area but it's a business and things just happen like that sometimes."
"It's a scary thought because we're all gonna be out of jobs," said Cheerleader Donna Debit. "There's a lot of effort that goes into it, the security workers and everyone who has been a part of it the whole year and everything."
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