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Wildcats future is still uncertain

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Monday was the day we were supposed to learn the future of the South Georgia Wildcats.

Instead, the Wildcats future is still uncertain after the team was not included in the 16 teams who are joining the new Arena Football 1 League.

Wildcats chief financial officer Ryan Nolen says the lack of a lease agreement at the Albany Civic Center is one of the issues holding up their acceptance to the new league.

When asked specifically about the Wildcats lease holding up their application in a telephone conference call Monday,, Arena Football 1 commissioner Jerry Kurz says any team considered for membership would have to have a lease already in place.

The Arena Football 1 says it will announce more teams at the end of next week.

Nolen and Wildcats managing partner Silvio Fazzini say team has been given an extended deadline to work out a lease with the city of Albany.

Nolen says he will work quickly to secure a lease with the city of Albany and hopes to have one finished by the end of October.

Negotiations may not be easy since after the team let a September first deadline pass on a new lease approved by the city commission in late July.

Also other teams and leagues are also eyeing Albany.

Fazzini says he has been told an application from another group to put Arena Football 1 teams in Macon and in Albany was denied by the Arena Football 1 league.

The Arena Football 1 League says it plans to announce other teams one week from Friday.

The 16 teams announced Monday for the Arena Football 1 league include four from the Arena Football League which suspended operations back in the summer,  11 teams from the now defunct AF2 league and a new team located in Jacksonville.

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