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Arena team will be called Spokane Empire

Spokane's indoor football team sorted through more than 400 name suggestions and settled on "Empire", a tribute to the area's railroad industry that helped spur growth and economic development in the late 1880s to early 1900s as well as a nod to the Inland Empire, a commonly used phrase to describe the region.

The franchise announced the name, team colors and several logo designs on Wednesday. Here's my article.


Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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