MACON, Ga. – Just over six years to the day of Bob Kerzner announcing that he was bringing his hockey franchise to Macon, the Mayhem have been sold to a local ownership group.
The sale was completed last week to Georgia Pro Sports Ventures, LLC, and is comprised of five individuals, all of whom have ties to the organization in some fashion and are already active in the Macon community.
They are Blair Floyd, the Mayhem’s General Manager, Charles Olson, the team’s public address announcer, John Regan, part of the team’s game operations staff, Mason Bryan, a season-ticket holder since the first season and Dr. John Sapp, a Macon orthopaedic surgeon who has been the team’s doctor since its first season in Macon.
The news was first announced Monday morning on Macon radio station 100.9 The Creek.
The local combination of owners will oversee their role with the team in place of Bob and Diane Kerzner, who burned up more than their fair share of miles from South Carolina to Macon over the past five years in which the Mayhem’s success included winning the 2016-17 SPHL President’s Cup championship.
“The Kerzners have done a great service to Macon by moving the team here, and they have done another great service by selling the team to a local group,” Olson said. “It’s now incumbent upon us as owners to make sure that we’re not only creating a good value and keeping a good asset in the community but also making sure that the games are more than just a hockey game, that they are a fun family experience that people can bring their kids to and know that they’re going to have a good time in a safe environment and get a good bang for their buck.”
“The Kerzners have done a great service to Macon by moving the team here, and they have done another great service by selling the team to a local group,”
– Charles Olson, Georgia Pro Sports Ventures, LLC
Together, the Mayhem’s new ownership group is part of a group of local owners for the Mayhem, which will start its sixth season in the SPHL when the 2020-21 season begins with a minimum three-year commitment by the new ownership group to the league.
“I think when you look at the more successful teams in the league, they have local ownership that is there day in and day out,” Floyd said. “It’s so important to have that local ownership that is plugged into the community. (Fans) know the people and see that they care about the community and that they are there to reinvest into the local economy.”
The Mayhem’s new owners have had time from their various viewpoints in recent years to observe the team. They are now eager to move toward putting their own imprint on the team. That includes increasing visibility in the central Georgia region.
“Ultimately, our goal is to make this a profitable business,” Floyd said. “People here have memories of the Macon Braves and all the other teams and about the Macon Whoopee. We want to get to where we are at the forefront of people’s minds. Part of our plans are to get really aggressive with marketing. That way, there won’t be any excuses for someone to say that they have never heard of the Mayhem.”
“By being there, fans know they can see us at the games and talk to us there but also there’s a good chance that they will see us in the community and the opportunity for local interaction will increase. Our special nights have had excellent attendance. We’d love to see our attendance double this season, but it’s probably going to take baby steps here and there. We’re excited about it.”