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Shock to the system: Arena football’s return to Spokane Proponents of revived team expect economic impact


From Spokane Journal of Business

By Kevin Blocker

December 5th, 2019

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Sam Adams says he plans for more than football once the Spokane Shock starts its season in March in the Indoor Football League.

On Thanksgiving Day, the franchise’s majority owner spent most of his day responding to 461 emails, nearly all of which were Shock-related. While he was doing that, Adams says, another 466 Shock-related emails entered his inbox.

“It’s all about the business aspects of what we want to do with the team in Spokane,” says the former 14-year NFL pro.

Adams says the Shock currently has 10 Spokane-based employees on the team’s payroll. By the time the season starts, he expects the Shock will have 60 employees. As the season is just months long, Adams says most of those franchise workers will be seasonal.

Stephanie Curran, CEO of the Spokane Facilities District, admits she doesn’t know much about football. However, she says Adams’ infectious personality, appreciation for Spokane, and love of football will be a good fit for the city.

“We were pleasantly surprised to learn that football was making a return,” Curran says. “He’s working really hard to not only get this working, but is working with potential owners in other Pacific Northwest cities to add more teams.”

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About Spokane Shock
The Spokane Shock are a professional arena football team based in Spokane, Washington. The Indoor Football League (IFL) franchise plays home games at the Spokane Arena. The Shock are coached by Billy Back and owned by Sam Adams.

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