Teri Carr wanted to know why some people werent coming to watch her Indoor League Football team.
They told her, and shes listening.
Because of that, the owner of the Tri-Cities Fever has elected to have her team play in the 2014 season.
Carr and her husband, J.R., had been debating over the past week on whether to forge ahead for 2014 or shut the franchise down.
They have have lost money in six figures each of the past four seasons.
Teri Carr told the Herald on July 8 she wanted to hear from people who hadnt come to the Toyota Center and why, and was having the Fever in the community worth it to them.
For Carr, shes taking a chance for the upcoming season.
Were rolling the dice to what the Tri-Cities has told us what they want, she said. I hope at the very least the Tri-Cities realizes were a great community and for our size we have great options for entertainment, and we want them. But people need to support them.
She said she received emails from fans, sponsors, other team owners, Fever players, and even players from other teams.
One of the other owners actually told me Teri, with you in the league, my budget is higher. But with you I know weve got a good playing partner, Carr said.
Carr and her staff immediately have been looking at the teams ticket prices to help make it more affordable for fans.
Were kind of playing with it, Carr said Monday night. We need to have competitive pricing. Our cheapest walkup price is $15, and for youths and senior citizens its $13.
After refiguring the ticket prices, Carr will work with the Toyota Center on a one-year lease; and then on head coach Adam Shacklefords contract.
A major sticking point is that Carr just wants to do a one-year lease with the Toyota Center, as she wants to see how the team does financially in 2014.
But Shackleford, whose current contract runs out on Aug. 31, would like something more than a one-year deal. The current deal was a three-year contract.
Shackleford said he hasnt talked with Carr this week.
I figured theyd be doing the media stuff, he said. Ill let them figure it all out. Shackleford spent Monday recruiting.
Im fulfilling the requirement of my current contract because I think thats the professional thing to do, he said. Ive been building a database, making sure we have our ducks in a row when the NFL starts making cuts. Im meeting with a CFL scout (Tuesday).
A one-year lease doesnt offer a coach much of a security blanket.
But I should count my blessings, Shackleford said. There are a lot of coaches out of work right now. Teri is under a one-year contract too.
Shackleford admitted other IFL teams could use the one-year lease against him during recruiting.
(The deal) is something I have to think about, he said. It hasnt been offered to me. I know in a one-year deal you better win. This (database) I could use here or somewhere else. But I have no reason to believe Im not gonna be here. I trust (Teri) 100 percent.