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Spokane Empire still alive in IFL playoff chase

The race for the second and final playoff berth in the Intense Conference will come down to the last week of the Indoor Football League regular season.

Spokane, which lost to Iowa 58-28 on Friday, remained in contention when Nebraska lost to Sioux Falls 41-38 on Saturday.

The only way Spokane (8-7) can reach the playoffs is by winning a road game against Salt Lake (4-11) on Friday and Nebraska (8-7) loses to visiting Wichita Falls (12-3) on Saturday.

Arizona will entertain Spokane or Nebraska in the Intense Conference title game on Saturday, June 24.



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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 and the Arena Football League and the Empire for two seasons in the Indoor Football League – shuttered last July for financial reasons. The organization’s 12-year run was long by most arena franchise standards, but not long enough for its diehard fans.