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Whenever it’s safe for spectator sports to come back, arena football is returning to Albany.

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Political scandal and personal turmoil that toppled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse. An ongoing battle over declaring Troy a Sanctuary City. And the retirement of longtime Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners. WAMC's Dave Lucas takes a look back at the news stories that dominated Capital Region headlines in 2019.

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Months after winning a championship, the Albany Empire football team and the Arena Football League are officially done.

Albany Empire's Future In Question

Oct 30, 2019
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It appears the Albany Empire Arena Football League team is headed for sudden death. Just a few months after winning the AFL title before more than 12,000 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany in a game broadcast nationally on ESPN, the Albany Empire has closed its local business operations. 

Twenty years after the city’s top arena football moment, ArenaBowl 32 is coming to Albany Sunday.

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Six months after the city’s minor league hockey team departed, arena football is returning to Albany for the first time since 2009. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Tuesday’s announcement at the Times Union's Hearst Media Center.