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Local group not going to Columbus Saturday

July 21, 2003

The local group interested in buying the Columbus Wardogs arena football team and moving them to Albany will not attend the team's final game of the season this weekend.

The broker handling the sale says the group's absence will not hurt their chances of purchasing the team.

Restaurant owner Bob Newsome says the cart has been put in front of the horse when it comes to arena football in Albany.

 He says before talking with the Wardogs, the local group has alot of questions they want answered from Albany city leaders about the use of the Civic Center.

The local group plans to hold that fact finding meeting on the Civic Center in early August.

Billy White, a broker who is handling the sale of the Wardogs, says he feels bad the Albany group will not be in Columbus for the team's final game this Saturday but White says their decision to talk with Albany city leaders first is a very prudent move.

While the Albany group will not be attending the Wardogs final game, the team has invited a number of leaders in Columbus to a pre-game reception Saturday in hopes of stirring interest from a local buyer.

 Billy White also says another potential buyer from out of state will be attending Saturday's season finale.

White says that group has indicated it would keep the team in Columbus if they bought the team.

White hopes the sale of the Wardogs will be completed by September.

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