New Georgia Doom coach promises team won’t disappoint in 2019

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Doom is hard at work restoring its image from its first season and getting a jump-start on season two.

The arena football team qualified for the 2018 American Arena League playoffs but didn’t go after voluntarily opting out.

Several players later accused the organization of not paying them their final paychecks.

There are several new staff members in key roles now. They promise things will be different this year.

The season doesn’t start for several months, but the sales department and new head coach James Lal have already starting selling the team to the community.

“I don’t know many head coaches that go out to diners,” Lal said. “We just got done pitching a sale to local businesses. We’re here, we’re excited about this year, and I can guarantee you that when we go out and I put my name on it, we’re going to do the best we can to always follow through with what we say we’re going to do.”

The team isn’t just interested in attracting football fans.

“We’re selling to family, friends, college people,” Lal says. “We want people to know that that’s what the Georgia Doom is about is having a good time with friends and family and doing it at a low cost.”

Lal says ticket packages will be simpler in 2019.

As for the team, he’s focusing on middle Georgia talent to help build fan support.

The team has already held one tryout. Another is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 in Lawrenceville. For more information on the tryout, visit the team’s Facebook page.

The Doom will open the 2019 season in March.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!