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Yard Dawgz won't play in OKC this year, but IFL will

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: October 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm •  Published: October 25, 2010
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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."

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