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    New York Dragons Dragons lay off most of coaching, business staffs

    Dragons lay off most of coaching, business staffs

    BY NEIL BEST | neil.best@newsday.com
    December 23, 2008

    The Dragons laid off the .majority of their coaching and business staffs Friday in reaction to the Arena Football League's cancellation of its 2009 season, chief operating officer Tim Kelly confirmed yesterday.

    Kelly said other teams began letting people go as early as Dec. 15, the day after a conference call among owners put the coming season on ice.

    "We wanted to take our time and really evaluate everything and make sure we were doing the right thing by our staff and team," he said.

    After discussing the matter with ownership, Kelly dismissed 18 of 22 full-time staff members, roughly half from the football side -- including the entire coaching staff other than head coach Weylan Harding -- and half from the business side.

    Kelly lamented the loss of talented people and said they will be welcomed back "with open arms" when the league is ready for what it hopes will be a return for 2010.

    "It was probably the toughest thing I've ever had to do," Kelly said of the layoffs, adding that the time of year and state of the larger economy made it even worse. "We held on as long as we could."

    The departing coaches will be paid a severance package under the terms of their contracts. Others will be paid only through the end of the calendar year.

    The players' union has not announced its next move in the wake of the owners' decision to cancel the season, but it appears nothing can salvage 2009. The teams are planning for 2010.

    Charles Wang sold the Dragons to an investment group headed by Steven Silva in July.

    Said Kelly, "We're viewing it as a long offseason now."

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    You are taking up board space with this crap ...please nobody cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDL_JET View Post
    You are taking up board space with this crap ...please nobody cares.
    AT LEAST THE DRAGONS COACH SHOWS EMOTION ON THE SIDELINE

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