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October 21, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

HUNTSVILLE, AL - The Tennessee Valley Vipers will return for the 2006 season in the arenafootball2 league after sitting out last season. HSV Sports, LLC, who own and operate the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League, will also own and operate the Vipers af2 team.

"It is very important to recognize that it was this unique relationship, between the Havoc and the VBC, that brought back hockey and also contributed to stabilizing the Southern Professional Hockey League in Huntsville last season," HSV Sports President, Keith Jeffries, said. "And it is this successful foundation of hockey that leads me to believe the same success can be achieved with Vipers football."

"For the past several weeks the Huntsville Havoc and the Von Braun Center have searched for the solution to keeping football in the Tennessee Valley," Von Braun Center Executive Director, Ron Evans, said. "We decided the best chance for success was to have Keith Jeffries and the Havoc operation involved. And as we have done in hockey, we told Keith if he would stick his neck out, the VBC would stick ours out with him."

The Vipers were one of the most successful teams in af2 from 2000-2004 both on the field and in the stands. Tennessee Valley put together a 63-17 record from 2000-2004, 34-6 at home and 29-11 on the road.

The organization currently ranks first in af2 history in winning percentage (78.8), third in all-time wins (63), second in post-season appearances (5), third in home wins (34) and third in road wins (29). They are also tied for the most divisional titles with four.

"We of the Arena Football Family and the af2 are extremely pleased to have a team returning to Huntsville," af2 President Jerry Kurz said. "We share and appreciate the community's demonstrated desire for our sport and are so pleased that we are returning with a tremendous local ownership group. The Tennessee Valley Vipers were a staple and foundation in our league and their return pleases us greatly and we are pleased that the community's desire to have the Vipers and Arena Football return has been achieved. We look forward to a great 2006 season with the Vipers back in the Arena Football Family."

af2 is considered a developmental league for players, coaches and officials. The league operates under the same rules and Mission Statement as the Arena Football League, which has gained tremendous popularity because of their national television agreement with NBC. The Arena Football League kicks off its 20th season in January of 2006 while the af2 begins its 7th season in March.

Tennessee Valley Viper season tickets will go on Tuesday, November 1st at 9:00am. Call (256) 518-6160 for more information.

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