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Albany AFL Names George Manias Vice President, Business Operations

Monday November 6, 2017

 Manias will run the day-to-day business operations for Albany AFL

ALBANY - Albany AFL announce that veteran sports executive George Manias has been named Vice President, Business Operations for Albany AFL and will run the day-to-day business operations for the team.

Manias, originally from Catskill, NY where he graduated from Catskill High School and then graduated from SUNY Delhi, is a 30-year sports executive veteran. He is coming from the Pittsburgh Penguins where he oversaw their partnership sales as the Senior Director, Partnership Sales for the team. Today will mark his first full day for Albany AFL. George and the entire Albany AFL front office staff offices will be at the Times Union Center.

“The ability to bring my years of sports experience back home and be part of creating what we expect to be an amazing asset to the community is surreal to me,” said Manias. “I love the Arena Football League, I love the Capital Region, and I am ecstatic to get started. Our staff will have a ton of energy and enthusiasm that will trickle down to the entire fan base and all of our corporate partners.”

“I could not have dreamt of finding a better fit for this position than George,” said John Adams, Albany AFL President. “George and I had the opportunity to work together in 2008 when we were part of launching the Cleveland Gladiators. I know first-hand what he brings to the table and I am confident he will run this organization in a way that will make the Capital Region proud. Albany AFL fans should be excited we were able to attract somebody of George’s caliber.”

In addition to his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Manias has also held the positions of; Vice President for Legends Global Sales (owned by the Dallas Cowboys & NY Yankees), Regional Vice President for Front Row Marketing Services, Vice President, National Sales & General Manager for Global Entertainment Marketing Services/Central Hockey League, Director of Corporate Sales for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB) & Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and President for the Saginaw Gears of the International Hockey League.

Fans can secure their season tickets for the new Albany arena football team now with a $50 deposit per seat ($75 for VIP seats) by calling 518-533-2200 or by going to A team representative will contact those that have submitted a deposit in the upcoming 1-2 weeks to select your specific seats, which will be done in order in which deposits were received.

About Albany AFL
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, Albany AFL will begin play in Spring 2018 at the Times Union Center. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany AFL sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Arena Football League
The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).

About Times Union Center
Albany's Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the The Times Union Center is "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world's largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.