KENNEWICK -- The question of what the Indoor Football League will look like for the 2011 season finally gets answered this week as the league's meeting take place in Chicago from today through Friday.
Team owners and general managers have assembled to organize the setup for next season.
Teri Carr, the Tri-Cities Fever's owner, is in attendance. She did not return the Herald's calls Tuesday night.
But IFL commissioner Tommy Benizio is excited about the league's potential for next year.
"After completing two successful seasons, both on and off the field, the IFL is as strong ever," Benizio said in a press release. "These league meetings will provide us a chance to plan and organize the future of America's Premier Indoor Football League."
In fact, league officials are expecting a lineup of about 28 teams for 2011.
That's after losing Abilene and Corpus Christi to the Southern Indoor Football League.
However, the league has added three expansion teams -- two in Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and the Reading Express; and the Tucson Thunder Kats from Arizona.
In addition, the Wyoming Cavalry, which has dominated the American Indoor Football Association the last few seasons, announced last week they would be joining the IFL.
Fever fans may remember that the Cavalry was a good rival of Tri-Cities' back in the National Indoor Football League days.
There is also talk that the Wenatchee Venom may be leaving the AIFA for the IFL, giving the Fever a close neighborhood rival.
If that happens, the Yakima Valley Warriors -- also an AIFA team -- may possibly follow suit.
Other items on the agenda include any rules changes, the Fairbanks Grizzlies, and possibly the Billings Outlaws situation.
With the league folding the Alaska Wild in Anchorage during this past season, that left Fairbanks -- a strong franchise -- sitting up in Alaska by itself. Costs to travel up there used to be shared by the two franchises. So that needs to be addressed.
In Billings, the Outlaws won't be able to use the MetraPark after a tornado destroyed the building just before the playoffs. The team's practice facility, which was used for the playoffs, holds just a few thousand fans.
The Fever added defensive back Sadat Chambers (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) from Clemson University; and Tay Bowser (6-2, 195) wide receiver/defensive back from Mississippi State.
Former Fever quarterback Andrew Carcich has signed with the Reading Express. Carcich played in three games for the Fever last season, completing 7 of 8 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.