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The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season. The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.
 
The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season. The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.
   
The Pike's final game of the season against the [[Oklahoma Wranglers|Memphis Pharaohs]] was played in [[Tupelo, Mississippi]], because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena. After the game, the Pike ceased operations. There were no announcements nor press releases; players left town and staff did not receive their final paychecks.
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The Pike's final game of the season against the [[Oklahoma Wranglers|Memphis Pharaohs]] was played in [[Tupelo, Mississippi]], because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena.{{Fact|date=October 2008}} After the game, the Pike ceased operations. There were no announcements nor press releases; players left town and staff did not receive their final paychecks.{{Fact|date=February 2007}}
   
 
The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.
 
The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.
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