Fever Sale Official, Team Heads to AF2
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The sale of the Tri-Cities Fever has become official, and the team has left the NIFL for the AF2. KNDU's Scott Reister broke the story of the pending sale on Monday, and now has learned the details.
Randy Schillinger told KNDU he has sold the Fever to AF2 Investor Robert Moyer, who he plans on meeting Monday. Moyer's company, Texas AF2, has secured the Fever a spot in the more compeitive AF2 for the upcoming season. Schillinger said that the Fever's current staff will remain in place, and Schillinger may even stay on as a general manager. Schillinger had previously announced Doug Coleman as the new head coach, but that is no longer a certainty.
What is certain is that the team will be in the Tri-Cities, and will be rid of the NIFL headaches once and for good. The NIFL has been plagued by teams folding and skipping town, and embarrasing blowouts. Schillinger had unsuccesfully attempted move to the United Indoor Football League two months ago. He now has a better league, but is now longer the owner. He says he's very happy with the deal and just wanted to get the best football in the Tri-Cities for the long-term.
If the team had stayed in the NIFL, they would have had very few (if any) opponents within reasonable traveling distance. Now, as a part of the established, more compeititve AF2, the Fever will make up a seven-team division with Boise, Spokane, Everett, Stockton, Central Valley and Bakersfield. The AF2 schedule is expected to be released Thursday.