Chinooks Owner Terry Emmert embraces unique balancing act
Terry Emmert is the proud owner of two of Portland's pro sports teams.
Owning two different professional franchises could be looked as a huge challenge, but for Terry Emmert, founder of Emmert International, the opportunity has been an exciting endeavor thus far.
In addition to the Portland Chinooks (an original member of the IBL since 2004), Emmert’s newest franchise, the Portland Thunder are in the midst of their inaugural season in the AFL (Arena Football League). Having the two franchises play regular season games simultaneously can certainly lend itself to a lot work tracking each team’s progress, but Emmert has been up to the challenge.
“It’s a lot of fun having two different franchises playing right now, especially with the Portland Chinooks doing so well. We have had two weekends where we won all of our games between the two franchises which we hope can continue,” Emmert says.
Despite the travel due to the Thunder’s inaugural season schedule, Emmert has kept track of the Portland Chinooks opening stretch, and is quite pleased. “The team is playing together, and as a single unit which has been important for this season’s early success. It’s great to have guys like Jared Cunningham and Germain Jordan, who are both having great years,” Emmert adds.
As Emmert noted, 6'9" F Jared Cunningham and 6'6" F Germain Jordanhave been instrumental in guiding the Chinooks to their 6-2 start, but Head Coach Trevor Kiser’s group also boasts one of the deepest benches in the IBL. In addition to their rock solid roster, there’s hope that one of Portland’s most prized players may return soon as well.
6’9’’ F Kevin Ford is currently in the middle of a playoff run with his team overseas, but once he wraps up his season abroad, Ford is likely to return to the Portland Chinooks lineup. Emmert looks forward to gaining another quality player such as Ford, who has spent the past three seasons with the club. “We’d love to have him (Ford) back with us, it would only add to our talented roster.”
Similar to roster turnover, Emmert is familiar with the all of the challenges involved in making an IBL championship run, and has also experienced some of the hurdles unique to the AFL with his Portland Thunder team this season. “We’ve had the toughest schedule in the AFL, we have had some Monday night games and it has been a real challenge. However, we’re really happy though, we have 16 rookies and 9 players that are homegrown. Overall, it’s a tremendous opportunity,” Emmert comments.
Emmert realizes that there might be something special brewing with his Chinooks team this season. “I think we have a high possibility to win the championship this season. Everyone is in good physical shape and we’ve had little to no injuries,” Emmert concludes.
Emmert’s Chinooks will host their rivals from across the river, the Vancouver Volcanoes, on June 1. All the action can be seen at the Eastmoreland Courts beginning at 5:00pm.