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Jefferson Co. commissioners discuss UAB football with bond creditor

(Source: Jefferson County Commission) (Source: Jefferson County Commission)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The future of UAB football is a concern on Wall Street.

Jefferson County Commissioners were in New York City recently to talk with bond rating services about improving their credit rating. At least one analyst did ask about UAB football and its future. 

UAB football, rifle and bowling was shut down because President Ray Watts contends the programs are too expensive to maintain. But a new report, which was made public, on Monday indicated UAB football could be financially sustainable. 

Jefferson County Commissioners talked about the New York trip on Tuesday. Commissioner David Carrington said an analyst with Moody's
asked if the program would return and if there was a possibility of building an on-campus stadium. Carrington said that could be an economic boon for Birmingham's Southside community, the city and the county.
 
"All you have to do is look at what happened at Railroad Park and Regions Field. Once any kind of development like that happens it spurs economic development concentric circles outside of that area," Carrington said.
     
The Jefferson County Commission is already on record asking Watts to bring back the football program. Watts had indicated he will announce his decision about the future of the program on June 1.

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