The Nashville Kats officially folded Wednesday after three seasons under the auspices of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams.
The Kats, who finished 7-9 this past spring, failed to make the Arena Football League playoffs and averaged less than 8,000 fans per game in 2007.
“After much deliberation, I have made the difficult decision to cease operations for the Nashville Kats Arena Football Team,” Adams said in a statement. “I take pride in the fact that we were able to secure an AFL franchise, retain the Kats name and logo and return year-round football to Nashville for three seasons. Unfortunately, our ownership group couldn’t put together a viable financial model that would be successful over the long-term. I’d like to thank our loyal Kats fans and all of our coaches and staff for their dedication and hard work.”
Adams had purchased the rights to the Kats franchise after the original Kats moved to Atlanta after the 2001 season.
Pat Sperduto, who coached the Kats to two Arena Bowl appearances in the original Kats’ final two seasons, was retained and guided the new incarnation of the team through all three of its seasons under Adams’ ownership.
It is uncertain what will happen to the coaching staff and front office personnel of the club, including general manager Bob Flynn.
Sperduto would appear to have the best chance of finding some role in the Titans’ organization, as he has spent time doing advance scouting work and personnel evaluations for the club since the Kats’ season ended.
Kats players will likely be shuttled to other clubs around the Arena League.