Aurora Games Organizers Yet To Pay Athletes, Support Staff
Many participants in the inaugural Aurora Games have "yet to be paid for their services" more than four months after the all-women's sports festival took place, according to Pete Dougherty of the Albany TIMES UNION. The group of creditors "include a majority of the athletes, personnel employed as part of the TV production, and additional support staff involved" with the six-sport competition held Aug. 20-25 at Times Union Center. Aurora Games Exec Producer Jerry Solomon last Friday said his group was working on the issue daily and "getting closer to getting it all sorted out." Two Aurora Games investors said that the event "endured losses in excess" of $1M. N.Y.-based production company M2 VP/Business Development Andy Verdeame said that his company, which is among those awaiting payment, "paid the in-arena workers" themselves and have yet to be reimbursed. Verdeame: "We've been talking to Jerry pretty closely since the Games (ended). The story that we get from Jerry, and hopefully this will have a good ending, is that the Games were successful in many ways, but certainly not financial. He lost a lot more money than he thought." Verdeame said Solomon last week "sent out an email and said he had gotten financial backing and said he was going to start cutting checks mid-January." But Verdeame added, "That was the last we heard. I always put that with an asterisk. I'll believe it when I see it" (Albany TIMES UNION, 1/13).