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Albany Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland at Rivers Casino - Press Conference Jan 30, 2020
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The Capital Region’s longest-running professional sports franchise is back. The Albany Patroons are coming off a championship that capped a challenging season.

Albany Patroons Memorabilia from the team's CBA days.
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Team officials with the minor league basketball Albany Patroons are denying a published report that the team could be gone after the current playoffs.

Legend: the original Albany Patroons
The Albany Patroons

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople had hoped the third time would be a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise. Those hopes apparently have been dashed.

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The parent company that runs the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany is suing hip-hop group Migos stemming from a melee at a 2015 concert.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

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Police say three people have been charged in connection with a melee at an Albany hip-hop concert that left six men with stab wounds and a woman assaulted and robbed.

The Albany Times-Union reports 21-year-old Dywuan Blunt of Albany was charged with first-degree riot and sent to the county jail without bail after being arraigned on Thursday.

Police say two other people also face charges after the brawl early Saturday at a concert by the Georgia-based hip-hop group Migos.

Relentless Awareness

Days after six people were stabbed following a hip-hop concert at the Washington Avenue Armory, prompting Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to label the venue unsafe, all concerts there have been suspended.