SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League


RiverHawks' future remains in doubt

on Jan 28, 2013

By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle

The next two months could be crucial to the Augusta RiverHawks in more ways than one.

While the Augusta RiverHawks fight for playoff contention, team owner Bob Kerzner has remained in contact with the staff of James Brown Arena about a lease extension, but has yet to commit beyond this season.

Kerzner said he recently spoke to arena general manager Monty Jones Jr. and has maintained contact regarding an extension on the team’s lease, which ends after the season. However, a new deal to extend the team’s time in Augusta hasn’t been put on the table.

“We’ll see what happens in February and March,” Kerzner said. “We’ll have to evaluate whether to proceed with the program after that. We can have an agreement drawn up like a snap. We see eye-to-eye. We just have to get more people in the building.”

Kerzner cited a lack of attendance as a factor in the evaluation. The RiverHawks rank last in the SPHL in attendance, averaging 1,811 per game, almost 100 fewer than the next highest. In comparison, Columbus ranks sixth at 2,267 per game, while Knoxville leads at 3,323.

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