The Arena Football League team is expected to be named the league’s sixth for the 2018 season, the Times-Union (Albany, NY) reports. They will hold a press conference tomorrow to make it official.
This will be the first team based in Albany, NY since the Albany Firebirds left town in 2000. The new team will be owned by a local ownership group, as well as the ownership group of the defending Arena Football League champion Philadelphia Soul.
Ownership consists of the CEO of the Times Union, George Hearst III, the president and CEO of Hugh Johnson Advisors, Dan Nolan and local businessman Ed Swyer.
“There’s not a professional team at the Times Union Center so I think there’s a void there,” Adams said in an interview at the Hearst Media Center in Colonie, NY. “Combined with ownership structure we’ve created with strong local owners and our group, who has a lot of experience and success operating an AFL team. This could be very successful up here.”
Trifecta Sports and Entertainment, a corporate entity that Adams will run, will oversee the business operations of both the Albany team and the Soul.
Now that the team will officially join the league, their next steps are to find their first ever head coach and figure out their marketing strategy. Before any of that, however, they’ll be focused on creating the team’s name.
“That’s really the immediate future and by the time we get through that process, we’ll be signing players and the team will be coming together,” Adams said on that.
Albany will play their home games at the Union Times Center, which recently lost their only team. The Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, moved from Albany after last season.
The Arena Football League just wrapped up their 30th season of play. Philadelphia defeated the Tampa Bay Storm in ArenaBowl XXX at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on Aug. 26. Since then, their collective bargaining agreement has expired and the league has been very quiet on any ongoing negotiations.
There had been reports that the two teams coming into the AFL were going to be in Albany, NY and Newark, NJ. Now that the Albany team has been announced, the next step appears to be bringing a team to Jersey.