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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 9:17am

Two Cities Court Sports Hall Of Fame

Just two cities are interested in hosting the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Macon and Athens were the lone attendees at a mandatory meeting today in Macon.

Georgia Senate Bill 523 requires the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon seek bids from alternative cities to house, manage and operate the official state sports museum. The facility has been steadily losing state funding and there are calls for it to become financially independent.

Last week a similar meeting was held at the Music Hall of Fame and six cities, including Athens, showed up. Matt Forshee is with the Athens Economic Development Foundation. He says they’re keeping their options open on both halls.

“At this point we haven’t decided if we are going to make an official response, but because this was a required mandatory conference we felt we needed to be here to reserve that opportunity.”

Cities who want the Halls will have to submit their plans by the end of the year. The authority boards of both museums will make a decision by April.