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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 …


Adam Shackleford joins Nebraska Danger’s coaching staff

Former Spokane Empire coach Adam Shackleford is back in the Indoor Football League game as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach with the Nebraska Danger.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

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 …


Spokane Empire planning game-day decision at QB for Iowa matchup

The Spokane Empire will have a quarterback when the offense lines up against red-hot Iowa on Friday. But the Indoor Football League team isn’t quite ready to announce whether it …


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.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Playoff implications at stake in Spokane-Arizona matchup

The third meeting between Spokane and Arizona on Saturday at the Arena will shape both Indoor Football League teams’ postseason plans.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Charles Dowdell out, Aaron Wilmer in at quarterback for Spokane Empire

A three-game losing streak has damaged the Spokane Empire’s once glossy record and their standing in the Indoor Football League playoff chase.


Spokane Empire face short preparation week, road trip to Colorado

It’s good timing to play the last-place team in the Intense Conference. It’s not good timing to play on a short week.


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.


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Bryan Pray keeps his composure, boosts Spokane Empire to narrow win over Salt Lake

Spokane wide receiver Bryan Pray, a five-year Indoor Football Leauge veteran, proved his worth as an experienced player in the Empire’s 31-29 win over Salt Lake on Sunday at the …


Spokane Empire lineman Darren Pinnock thrives because of passion, versatility

At one point, it looked like football had bypassed Spokane Empire offensive lineman Darren Pinnock.


Spokane Empire hope to keep rolling after statement win over Arizona Rattlers

The Spokane Empire finally got their statement win.


Spokane Empire look for defining victory at Arizona

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


Defense holds up in Spokane Empire’s victory over Colorado Crush

In a matchup last season, the Spokane Empire hung almost 100 points on the scoreboard in a 97-72 win over the Colorado Crush. What a difference a year can make.


Spokane Empire hope to vault atop conference standings with win against Colorado

Spokane Empire head coach Adam Shackleford knows what’s it stake on Friday as his team hosts the Colorado Crush at the Arena.


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), …


John Blanchette: Empire coach Adam Shackleford loves interaction with fans

Adam Shackleford has a high-profile job he performs in front of 5,000 people a night,


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 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.


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 …


Spokane Empire, Sioux Falls Storm proved they belong in United Bowl

There is no question the two best teams in the Indoor Football League reached the United Bowl. There is little question Sioux Falls is the heavy favorite to secure its …


Empire notes: Cedar Rapids coach Mark Stoute predicts defensive game in United Bowl

Cedar Rapids coach Mark Stoute has had more success against Sioux Falls than any coach in the Indoor Football League.


Empire build big lead and hold off Danger, advance to United Bowl

The Spokane Empire built a 28-point halftime lead and held off the Nebraska Danger 55-44 to win the Intense Conference championship on Sunday in front of a noisy crowd of …


Empire enter conference championship game with much healthier roster

Spokane defeated Nebraska 25-23 five weeks ago, but both teams have a different look entering Sunday’s clash for the Intense Conference championship at the Arena.


Empire call upon newcomer Andrew Pierce to boost offense in conference title game

Andrew Pierce hasn’t suited up for a game since facing Nebraska on June 26, 2015, in the Intense Conference championship game.