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Albany Panthers Join PIFL and Release 2012 Schedule

October 11, 2011 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) - Albany Panthers News Release

ALBANY, Georgia - The reigning Southern Indoor Football League Champion Albany Panthers announced their schedule for the 2012 season. The 12 game season kicks off with the Richmond Raiders coming to the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center on Saturday, March 17th.

"We have a lot of tough football games in 2012," said Panther General Manager Will Carter. "Playing a difficult schedule, defending a league championship and playing three games with the Columbus Lions this year will be challenging. We will be ready for this challenge."

While the opponents will be similar, the Panthers will now become a founding member of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). "Several owners desired to take more control of their destiny and provide more input in league development", said team owner Rod Chappell. "The PIFL is the outcome of those desires." The PIFL will feature usual foes including the Columbus Lions, Louisiana Swashbucklers, Richmond Raiders, Alabama Hammers and new Knoxville KnightHawks.

The schedule also includes three matchups with SIFL runner-up, the Louisiana Swashbucklers.

"Columbus and Albany fans will no doubt enjoy having those games returning to the schedule," added Carter. "Our meetings in recent years have been tough, classic indoor football games that are highly anticipated by fans of both franchises. I am sure that will continue to be the case when we meet in 2012."

The Albany Panthers will also face the Richmond Raiders, Alabama Hammers and Knoxville KnightHawks. The season runs through Saturday, June 16th, with playoffs the following week.

Saturday, March 17 - Richmond Raiders

Saturday, March 24 - at Louisiana Swashbucklers

Saturday, March 31 - Louisiana Swashbucklers

Saturday, April 7 - BYE Week

Sunday, April 14 - at Knoxville KnightHawks

Sunday, April 21 - Columbus Lions

Saturday, April 28 - Alabama Hammers

Saturday, May 5 - at Columbus Lions

Sunday, May 12 - Louisiana Swashbucklers

Saturday, May 19 - at Alabama Hammers

Saturday, May 26 - BYE Week

Saturday, June 2 - Knoxville KnightHawks

Saturday, June 9 - at Columbus Lions

Saturday, June 16 - at Richmond Raiders

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