Last week, the Yard Dawgz weren't included in the Arena Football League's realignment plans, casting doubt on whether indoor football would be played in the city this year.
On Monday, those doubts were confirmed.
"Regretfully, I must announce that I have decided not to play in the Arena Football League for the 2011 season," Yard Dawgz owner Phil Miller said in a statement released Monday. "I have worked to secure minority investors but have been unsuccessful and have come to this decision based on numerous factors."
But though the Yard Dawgz are no more, the city will host indoor football as the Indoor Football League announced Monday that a team would play here in 2011.
The owners of the Oklahoma City franchise will be Dale and Jay Morris. The pair own the West Texas Roughnecks, an IFL team based in Midland, Texas.
They bought that franchise in January.
Jay Morris moved from Oklahoma City to Texas in 1980. His grandson, Dale, was born in Oklahoma City but raised in Texas.
Dale Morris said he planned an official announcement Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City.
"I felt like this is a great opportunity to better a product that had been here," Dale Morris said. "It's time for us to establish a tradition. We want this to be the community's team."
Miller said fans who have paid for or placed deposits on Yard Dawgz tickets for 2011 would be contacted and the money would be fully refunded and asked fans with questions to call the Yard Dawgz office at 602-8557.
Morris said he planned to personally call every season Yard Dawgz season-ticket holder and ask them to stay on board. He said he'll not only offer them a refund for the two less games played in the IFL vs. the AFL but also a free jersey.
"We want to keep them with us," he said. "We want to say, 'Here's a check and here's a jersey.'"
Morris said the team plans on playing at the Cox Center and has worked with the venue's operators on a deal that only lacks the approval of the city council. The Cox Center would be the largest arena in the league by several thousand.
The IFL's release said the new team would hold a contest to determine the team's name.
The IFL schedule is expected to be released soon. The league's season begins in late February and finishes the playoffs in late July.
The league began in 2008 after the merger of the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football.
While most of the league's teams are in the midwest, teams stretch from Alaska to the East Coast.