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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.

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 on Wednesday.

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 Friday, knocking the Empire from Indoor Football League playoff contention. The Empire (8-8) dropped six of their last seven games after starting the season 7-2.

Spokane Empire need victory, help to reach IFL playoffs

Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games but the playoff door is still ajar.

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 was 9 of 19 for 186 yards, with two interceptions, for Iowa (13-2). He also rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.