Lions Purchased By Veteran Arena Football Ownership Group

by Lee Snow

Owners of the Albany Empire and Orlando Predators, spearheaded by Jeff Levack, have purchased an interest in the Columbus Lions. Mr. Levack carries an immaculate record in managing arena football organizations and will be taking the reins of one of the most successful arena football teams in the United States, your Columbus Lions. Levack will work alongside managing partner, Joshua Blair, who will remain in that capacity for the team. 

Mr. Levack has brought unimaginable success to the Empire on the field and in the stands. He will bring knowledge of how to operate a first class sports organization from the front door to the end zone. From Orlando’s use of live bands, DJs, and motorcycle rallies to Albany’s focus on community connection, Levack brings bold, fan-first innovation to the Columbus Civic Center.

Mr. Levack’s steady ownership and earnest respect and belief in the Albany and Orlando communities will bring a human touch and reverence for the working people of a proud Columbus community.

With Mr. Levack joining the Lions leadership, he speaks for the entire organization when he says, 

“The Columbus Lions look forward to bringing the best of arena football
back to Columbus next season."

He continued by saying, 

"It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of such a storied and successful franchise
and to be a part of its continued greatness and finally win that ring!”

Joshua Blair remarked, 

"I look forward to working with Jeff and our new staff, Sean and Amelia to continue the Columbus Lions 16 years of tradition and success. 

It is a new day in the Fountain City.

A new Head Coach will be announced in the coming weeks to replace the Lions long-time Head Coach, Jason Gibson.

In addition to the addition of the new ownership, including Levack, the Lions have added Sean Holland as Director of Business Development and Amelia Stalter as Partnership Experience Manager. Holland worked in the new fan-controlled football league as the Director of Box Office and VIP Experience, bringing the cutting edge of fan experience in football to the Columbus Lions.


The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at . 

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