July 14, 2004
Albany-- The effort to bring an arena football team to Albany continues to move forward. Mike Storen, the head of Celebrity Services and the man who's heading up the effort, was back in Albany today continuing to lay the ground work to bring an arena football team here next year.
Storen first met with Albany city attorney Nathan Davis to iron out the final details of the lease, which is expected to be officially ratified at the next city commission meeting. The former NBA team owner then met with the Civic Center's Promotions and Marketing Manager Tony Ford to discuss the concession agreement.
Of course the question everyone wants to know is, 'Where will the team come from?' Storen says theres a chance that Albany could get an expansion team, but he's also continuing discussions with the Arena 2 Football League and the National Indoor Football League. Storen won't discuss which teams, but he admits it's not hard to figure out where he's looking.
"All one needs to do is to look at the standings of the teams in the various leagues. And look at the team's that are at the bottom of the standings and look at the attendance figures. And if you put the bottom of the standings together with the attendance figures you probably find the lowest common denominator for the acquisition of the team," Storen said.
The official agreement between Storen's Celebrity Services and the city will not be officially ratified until the next city commission meeting on Tuesday July 27th.
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