October 14, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Georgia Force
Norcross, GA - Following a disappointing season both on the field and in the stands, and after failing to find local ownership to assume control of the franchise, the Georgia Force have ceased operations.
"You would think that after doing this seven or eight times it would be easier," said Force managing Partner Doug MacGregor. "I said it years ago, and I will say it again, a team needs local ownership and a group that understands the business of sports, we simply didn't have either."
This version of the Force broke onto the Georgia landscape three years ago after relocating from Alabama, and following the resurrection of the Arena Football League from bankruptcy.
The team qualified for the playoffs each of the last three seasons, but failed to bring an Arenabowl title home to Georgia.
"The market never responded to our extensive marketing and sales campaign," said team president Corey Remillard. "With all of the outreach, marketing, community and public relations that we put forward, it would have been impossible to not know that we were playing here, and the city simply did not respond. Atlanta is simply not a football town."
Prior to this, Mr. MacGregor owned teams in Kennewick, Washington, Allen, Texas, Austin Texas, Huntsville, Alabama, just to name a few, and all have ceased operations.
No payments have been made on 2013 season tickets, therefor no refunds will be issued.
The Arena Football League, coming off a season of labor unrest that saw teams walk out on strike just a few hours leading up to opening night and a mid-season game between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, has also lost franchises in Kansas City, and Milwaukee (on a one year "hiatus"). Several other franchises are rumored to be in trouble, but as usual, the AFL only reports on "positive" stories.