Less than a week after the Indianapolis Fever suffered the heartbreaking loss that left them one game short of the Indianapolis franchise’s first WNBA title, the Circle City received some very good news. The Fever is here to stay…at least for next season anyway. Team owner and CEO Herb Simon (Simon Property Group) as well as team president Jim Morris and the Fever’s general manager Kelly Krauskopf stated “we look forward to another great season in 2010 and many years to come” in a letter released on the team’s Web site earlier this week.
There had been much speculation as to whether or not the Fever would remain in Indianapolis after the 2009 season. In the past, Fever officials have said that the team has lost money every year of the their existence. It was also suggested that attendance would have to significantly increase if Indy was to keep its team.
Indiana’s capital city responded by helping the Fever set a WNBA playoffs average attendance record during home games at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. The Indianapolis sports franchise also helped the WNBA set television ratings records, which the league hopes will expand the reach of their product.
The Indiana Fever lost to the Phoenix Mercury in a best of five series, 3 games to 2 games. This was the first time the Fever advanced to the finals, while it marked the second WNBA championship for the Mercury in three years.