At the prodding of league officials, the Augusta Mavericks indoor football team decided Thursday night to cancel its 2010 regular season as a member of the Southern Indoor Football League. The team instead plans to play two home exhibition games and attempt a return in 2011 as an expansion team.
"We tried to figure out a way to get them in in 2010," SIFL president Thom Hager said. "But they got so far behind, and I told (Mavericks owner) Mr. (Erick) Moore there was just no way."
Statements from both the league and the team released Friday afternoon said the Mavericks plan to play at least two exhibition games.
The team's statement said the games will be played at James Brown Arena, but the team has yet to reach a lease agreement with the arena.
The statement from the league said "no dates have been scheduled as of yet" for the Mavericks' expected 2010 exhibition games.
A league official said Thursday that the Augusta team would not play this year.
Hager said he planned to announce the league's schedule Friday night with six teams competing in 2010. Augusta's exhibition games were not expected to be listed in the regular season schedule, and Hager said the opponents for the exhibition games had not yet been determined.
Moore has not returned multiple phone calls seeking comment.
Moore, introduced at a news conference in November as the representative of several former and current NFL players looking to purchase the Augusta Colts, backed out of the deal in December and decided to create a new team as a member of the SIFL.
Hager said problems with the Colts ownership and difficulties securing a lease agreement to play games at James Brown Arena delayed Moore's efforts to get the team ready for the 2010 season.
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