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What will the Wildcats decide?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The South Georgia Wildcats still haven't made a decision about their future in Albany.  On Thursday, team owners continued to review the contracts Albany City Commissioners offered to them during a special called meeting Wednesday night.

General Manager Darren McPhail told us that the contracts still haven't been signed. City Commissioner Roger Marietta voted against offering the Wildcats the deal.

He says he wants the Wildcats to stay but believes offering them $185,000 in perks is too much.

He thinks the claim that the team has had an economic impact of $7 Million on Albany is inflated. "I think it's a matter of degree of the benefit. I don't buy the official numbers and it's a matter of how much taxpayer money we're willing to throw at them to keep them here and so to me the degree wasn't met and we didn't have a good negotiation, so I couldn't vote for the agreement as it stood."

The Wildcats hope to have a decision by Friday.

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