POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 12:39am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 4:08pm
DORADOS OWNERSHIP CONFIRMS NO INDOOR FOOTBALL IN 2010
HIDALGO, Texas --- The ownership group of the former Rio Grande Valley Dorados (arenafootball2) today formally announced that they will not field a team for the 2010 season.
The Dorados ownership group waited to make an official announcement until it was clear a team would not compete in 2010.
After the Dorados played six seasons at Dodge Arena in Hidalgo as a member of the af2, the af2 ceased to exist.
"We explored a variety of options, but ultimately felt the only viable course of action was to cease operations for the 2010 season. When we do something we strive to do it right and to throw a team into an unknown situation at the last minute just isn't our style nor is it good business," General Manager Grant W. Buckborough said.
"The timing of the demise of the af2 really put us in a bind," Buckborough explained. "We didn't want to rush into anything, from choosing a league to coming up with a new name and logo. Rebranding a product isn't something you can do properly without adequate time. Rushing into something and not doing it the right way would hurt any chance of the Valley sustaining a team long term."
Finding a league to play in is one of the most obvious concerns for indoor football in the Valley.
"We wanted to take our time and do our due diligence before committing to anything," Buckborough explained. "Geographically, a league needs to have nearby rivals so that our travel makes sense, financially. If not, it would have needed to have provisions in place already to make up for the extra travel. The salary structure and business model needed to make sense and most of all we needed to be certain any league we were to join is properly run."
During their six-year run, the Dorados received exceptional fan, corporate and community support. Buckborough thanked the team's supporters and said that he hopes that football returns to the Rio Grande Valley soon. "Yes, I've talked with a party who is interested in restoring the Valley's indoor football tradition in 2011, but those talks are preliminary at this point.
“There's a lot that goes into it, but I can't imagine indoor football being gone from the Valley for too long. The fans and sponsors are just too great not to have a team here,” Buckborough said.
"I can't thank everyone who supported the Dorados enough,” he said. “The support and fervor for the team was something we all looked forward to on game days. The decision not to field a team in 2010 is in no way related to the support we received over the years."