July 6, 2004
Albany--Call it a major step towards bringing professional sports back to the city of Albany. By agreeing to most of the terms in the letter of intent between the city, Albany Civic Center and former NBA owner Mike Storen's Celebrity Services the ball, which in this case is a football, is not only rolling but it's picking up speed.
Mike Storen says he hopes to be able to bring an arena football franchise to Albany by next year. Storen tells WALB News 10 Sports that now that the city is in agreement with the proposed contract, he'll begin searching for potential investors and then owners.
Storen says he's already been in contact with both the Arena 2 football league, and the National Indoor Football League about acquiring an expansion team or even an existing franchise to bring to Albany.
However since both of those leagues are still in their respective seasons, he does not anticipate engaging in any serious negotiations until after the season is over. Although some terms of the contract still need to be ironed out, such as the length of the lease with the Albany Civic Center, Storen said today was a big step in the right direction.
"So what has happened today is the commissioners have looked at the documents that we have and they have said, we are in agreement, we endorse indoor football and we look forward to working with you," Storen said.
Since today's meeting was during a work session, the agreement won't be officially ratified until the next business meeting on July 28th.
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