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Albany commissioners not convinced on new indoor football team

(Source: xleaguefootball.com) (Source: xleaguefootball.com)
The Albany James H. Gray Civic Center The Albany James H. Gray Civic Center
Justin Andrews with Three Forty Creative Group presented a contract with the Civic Center at the meeting. Justin Andrews with Three Forty Creative Group presented a contract with the Civic Center at the meeting.
Logo for the proposed team, South Georgia Heat Logo for the proposed team, South Georgia Heat
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City commissioners chose to push back a vote on a contract that aims to bring an indoor football team back to South Georgia.

Leaders heard from Three Forty Creative Group about their plans to manage an X-League Indoor Football team Tuesday morning, and discussed the contract they would have with the city to make it happen.

The group must reach an agreement to rent the Albany Civic Center to complete the deal.

But commissioners are proceeding with caution.

Justin Andrews with Three Forty Creative Group presented a contract with the Civic Center at the meeting.

Commissioners said they were concerned about the lack of details in the contract- specifically insurance information.

Many said they didn't want a repeat of what happened to the Albany Panthers, and lose money on the deal.

"I think it's a better deal [than in the past], but the devil is in the details," said Commissioner Bob Langstaff.

Andrews said they aren't asking for any money from the city, and would pay $6,000 in rent per game.

They estimated that 7,000 people in attendance would bring in $850,000 per game.

But Commissioner BJ Fletcher challenged the group to give them more of a reason to raise their hands.

However, City Attorney Nathan Davis said the cash flow looks substantially better in the proposed contract, compared to their last deal with the Panthers.

Andrews noted they have been working on the agreement since December. He said they are already past deadline and need to move forward quickly.

They plan to present an updated contract during next week's commission meeting.

Three Forty Group leaders told WALB in February they want to have downtown Albany and the Civic Center thriving again, and believe bringing back indoor football is the way to do it.

If a deal is reached, the group expects to have a team in place by 2016. Fans voted online and have already named the expected team the South Georgia Heat.

The team's first season would last from March 2016 to July 2016 and have seven games.

X-League Indoor Football is currently a 10 team league in their second year of play.

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