The new Albany arena football team finally has its name. After submissions from the public, there were four finalists: Phoenix, Machine, Empire and Fire and after voting, the official name was revealed Tuesday night at The Palace in downtown Albany and the winner is.....Empire.

So, how do we feel about the name? Personally, I thought Phoenix was a slam dunk. Formerly the Firebirds now risen from the ashes of a team that darted town. Empire, of course, makes a ton of sense too. This is the Empire State after all.

How much does the name matter? There has been a ton of build up for the name reveal and honestly, it's one of the most important decisions made. Sure, anyone can get behind a winner, but helps when the team has a name people like and looks good on t-shirts and hats. Empire fits. I can get on board with that.

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