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Albany Empire Add Elite, All-Arena Wide Receiver

Albany Empire Press Release
The Albany Empire announce that Joe Hills, a four-time All-Arena wide receiver, has been assigned to the team roster. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

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Finding the Silver Lining: Positives after Empire Drops Home Opener(4/16) The Albany Empire hoped to repeat the fortunes of their predecessor Albany Firebirds with a win to open up their team history. Unfortunately, the result was not to be as the Philadelphia Soul defeated the Empire, 56-35, in Albany’s rebirth into Arena Football.

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Albany returns to AFL, lose in Soul-crushing fashion(4/15) The city of Albany welcomed Arena Football back to the Times Union Center this past Saturday when the newly-minted Empire hosted the Philadelphia Soul. The defending ArenaBowl champions began their quest for a third straight Arena Bowl title with a convincing 56-35 victory over the Empire.

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Valor Game Preview: Open The Season On The Road(4/13) A new season is upon us, the Washington Valor (0-0) open it on the road against the nearby Baltimore Brigade (0-0) inside of Royal Farms Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. The game will broadcast live on Facebook Watch, AFL Now and Monumental Sports Network.

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Arena Football in Albany, Version 2.0(4/12) On August 21, 1999, history was made as the Albany Firebirds defeated the Orlando Predators in ArenaBowl XIII in front of 13,652 at the Pepsi Arena. I remember because I was one of those fans in attendance.

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Countdown to the 2018 AFL Season(4/9) On March 16, Arena Football fans across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief as word came that a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) had been reached with the AFL Players Union. For several days prior, there were many rumors that the 2018 AFL season, as well as the league’s very existence, was in jeopardy. However, at the same time, its newest team, the Albany Empire, continued its campaign to sell season tickets.

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Today in AFL History

2017 - Tampa Bay, FL : Joe Hills becomes 15th receiver in AFL history to score 200 receiving touchdowns. He did so in just 75 games, the second fewest to games for any player to reach 200 receiving TDs.

2005 - Salt Lake City, UT : The Ken Garff Automotive Group announces the purchase of an AFL expansion franchise for the 2006 season. The team will play in Salt Lake City, Utah. Danny White is named the team's first head coach. Later in 2005 it is revealed that the team will be known as the Utah Blaze.

1987 - Pittsburgh, PA : Founder Jim Foster announces Pittsburgh as one of the four cities who will take part in the inaugural Arena Football League season. The team will play its home games at Civic Arena.

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