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Life without arena football: Coaching job takes former Spokane Shock, Empire coach Adam Shackleford away from home base

When the Spokane Empire ceased operations after the 2017 season, head coach Adam Shackleford thought his 35-year streak of involvement in football was coming to an end. He had held …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Suspect named in Carl Sims shooting as former teammates express sorrow, disbelief

One of the league’s most decorated wide receivers, former Spokane Empire star Carl Sims, was shot and killed in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, former Empire coach Adam Shackleford confirmed …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Indoor football ran out of time in Spokane

As a handy reference for all things minor league in sports, the movie “Slap Shot” is unerring in tone and applicable across the spectrum.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Spokane Empire to cease operations

The Spokane Empire is out of business for the 2018 season and probably for good unless a local owner or ownership group steps forward.


Spokane Empire players named to All-IFL team

Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced …


Spokane Empire’s season ends with last-second road loss to Salt Lake

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Verlon Reed hit Devin Mahina with a 2-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles beat the Spokane Empire 45-42 on …


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.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Spokane Empire devastated by Iowa Barnstormers in 30-point loss

DES MOINES, Iowa – Travis Partridge threw five touchdown passes and the Iowa Barnstormers never trailed, convincingly beating the Spokane Empire 58-28 on Friday in Indoor Football League action. Partridge …


Arizona Rattlers shut down Spokane Empire’s offense again in Indoor Football League

Three weeks later with a new quarterback, running back and center, Spokane still couldn’t solve Arizona’s defense.


Spokane Empire gets back on winning track, holds off Colorado 48-43

The Spokane Empire really needed this one. So did their coach. Spokane held off Colorado 48-43 on Friday at the Arena, ending a three-game Indoor Football League losing streak. “I’m …


Arizona Rattlers run past Spokane Empire, 49-35

The line of scrimmage usually tells the story of football games at any level. It certainly did in Arizona’s 49-35 Indoor Football League win over the Spokane Empire on Friday …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Different league, same big-game feel for Spokane Empire, Arizona Rattlers

Feels a little like the old days.


Spokane Empire’s Nick Haag earns shot with NFL’s New York Giants

Nick Haag is getting another shot in the NFL and he made Spokane Empire history along the way.


Spokane Empire can’t keep up in loss to defending IFL champ Sioux Falls

Lorenzo Brown rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns, and passed for another score, as the Sioux Falls Storm handled the Spokane Empire 62-32 in a rematch of last season’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Spokane Empire clash with Storm for first time since United Bowl 2016

The Spokane Empire will face the Sioux Falls Storm in Week 12 of the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls at …


Spokane Empire look for defining victory at Arizona

Saturday’s road game against the Arizona Rattlers is a statement game for the Spokane Empire.


Spokane Empire lose to Nebraska, fall into first-place tie

The Nebraska Danger posted a 42-36 victory over the Spokane Empire to move into a first-place tie with the Empire atop the Intense Division standings at 4-2.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Spokane Empire host Nebraska Danger in Indoor Football League Week 6 matchup

The Spokane Empire, riding a three-game winning streak, face the Nebraska Danger in Week 6 of the Indoor Football League season. It’s the first and only regular season matchup between …


Spokane Empire thwarts Salt Lake – and its play-calling fans

The Screaming Eagles (1-3) – whose play calls are based on a fan vote on the team’s mobile application – and their virtual coaches could not stump the Empire (4-1), …


Spokane Empire to host Salt Lake’s versatile QB Verlon Reed

The Spokane Empire (3-1) will host the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles on Friday at the Arena in the second of the teams’ three-game regular season series.


Devonn Brown catches 4 touchdowns in Spokane Empire’s rout of Colorado Crush

Charles Dowdell threw for 200 yards with seven touchdowns, Devonn Brown was on the receiving end of four of them, and the Spokane Empire crushed the Colorado Crush 70-37 on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Empire ground Screaming Eagles in IFL action

The Spokane Empire dominated the first half and survived a second-half rally to turn back the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 41-35 in Indoor Football League action on Monday in Salt …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Spokane Empire sign DB Toney Hurd, activate WR Samuel Charles

The Spokane Empire signed defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. to their 2017 IFL roster. Hurd joins the Empire for his rookie season as a member of the IFL.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 9 p.m.

Spokane Empire fall in double overtime to Wichita Falls

Charles Dowdell threw for six touchdowns and 254 yards, but even that wasn’t enough as the visiting Spokane Empire fell to the Wichita Falls Nighthawks 57-65 in double overtime on …


Empire trim roster ahead of IFL season opener

Spokane Empire head coach Adam Shackleford felt great about the team he brought into training camp.


Spokane Empire sign wide receivers Carl Sims and Bryan Pray

The Indoor Football League’s all-time leading wide receivers could call Spokane home in 2017. The Empire announced on Friday the signings of Carl Sims (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) and Bryan Pray …


Spokane Empire expect experienced defense to make difference in Indoor Football League

The Indoor Football League is known for high-scoring games and gaudy offensive numbers. But the Spokane Empire’s defense might make the biggest difference in 2017.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

Spokane Empire signs WR Devonn Brown and DL John Griggs

The Spokane Empire signed wide receiver Devonn Brown and defensive end John “J.D.” Griggs to their 2017 IFL roster.


Spokane Empire RB Trevor Kennedy’s determination leads to speedy recovery

The feeling associated with the first day of practice feels sweet for a lot of athletes. Based on past circumstances, it felt sweeter on the team’s first practice of the …


Football: Anthony Payton joins Spokane Empire coaching staff

Anthony Payton has been named assistant coach for the Spokane Empire, the Indoor Football League team announced Wednesday.