April 11, 2008

Sun Kings shut down

"This hurts"--Tribe puts an abrupt end to pro basketball in YakimaAfter one of the most successful seasons ever in the Continental Basketball Association and a history of five championships, the Yakama Sun Kings have seen a stunning end that has fans and supporters wondering what's next.

As far as its owner, the Yakama Nation, is concerned, the team's long run is finished, a victim of red ink that totaled $1.3 million since its purchase in 2005. Unwilling to suffer further financial damage, tribal leaders announced Thursday they were shutting down operations immediately.

"Unfortunately, the past three seasons have not produced revenue," said Tribal Council Chairman Ralph Sampson Jr., adding that efforts to find a buyer were unsuccessful.

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