The New England Surge, Worcester’s own low-rent indoor football team, has certainly had its share of problems since their initial season two years ago.
And with a poor financial picture for the team and the league there’s been a lot of speculation about the future of Worcester’s Surge. An announcement today just raises more questions.
The release from the team highlights “major challenges that may result in a canceled New England Surge 2009 season.”
Majority shareholder Roy Lucas Jr. will reportedly meet in the near future with other shareholders to discuss a “suitable resolution and an action plan that will incorporate the best interest of the fans, the city of Worcester, and the New England Surge vendor community will be reached.”
Check out the full release after the jump.
Status of the New England Surge Professional Indoor Football Team 2009 Season
Worcester, MA (November 24, 2008) – With the recent conclusion of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) 2008 season and the ongoing changes in the CIFL Atlantic Conference team composition, there is some degree of concern about the feasibility of planning and implementing a successful football season next year for the Worcester-based New England Surge, a CIFL team.
Adding to and further complicating this concern is the current state of the general economy and the economic outlook for the next 6 to 12 months. Roy Lucas, Jr., the majority shareholder of the New England Surge, Inc. plans to join other shareholders in a private meeting to discuss these and other issues relevant to the organization and the team. The meeting is scheduled to occur in the next few days.
According to Roy Lucas, Jr. the main topics and issues to be discussed include – the stability of the CIFL Atlantic Conference (which has seen a departure of about 4 of its teams); the impact of the worsening economy on fan attendance, game sponsorships, and overall operational effectiveness; and the major challenges that may result in a canceled New England Surge 2009 season.
Roy Lucas, Jr.’s hope is that these issues will be fully addressed and a suitable resolution and an action plan that will incorporate the best interest of the fans, the city of Worcester, and the New England Surge vendor community will be reached.
Upon conclusion of the New England Surge, Inc. shareholder meeting further announcement will be forthcoming.