Palm Harbor, FL - Michael Mink, majority owner of the Yakima Valley Warriors Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team, has announced that the team will not return for the 2012 season. Additionally, he stated the team is for sale. Mr. Mink cited poor economic conditions combined with the Yakima Bears Professional Baseball Team returning in 2012. Unfortunately, there is just not enough corporate support for two professional teams in the area.
It is expected that when new ownership is found, the team will pursue entry into the Indoor Football League for the 2013 season. The IFL has teams in Kennewick, Wenatchee, Kent and is pursuing a team in Everett. Mr. Mink said, "That the Washington presence of the IFL just makes since for new ownership to join the IFL".