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Albany football team to be named Panthers

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

There may be some new cats prowling the Albany Civic Center in 2010 -- the Albany Panthers.

Albany city commissioners are expected to decide Nov. 24 whether to sign an 18-month contract with the Southern Indoor Football League team, which would replace the South Georgia Wildcats of the defunct af2 and play at the Civic Center.

Asked by City Commissioner Tommie Postell his opinion of the proposed contract, Albany City Manager Alfred Lott said, "I believe this is the best opportunity to have football in this city this year."

Panthers owner Andre White spoke to commissioners at their work session this morning and said he woul work with the city to make the pact happen.

Also on hand was league President Thomas Hagger, who promoted a regional plan for the team and assured commissioners his league was financially solvent.

Updates as details develop.