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Soccer Hall of Fame to Close?

File under: say it ain't so. According to the Oneonta Daily Star, "losing the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Oneonta facility is a possibility as the organization confronts continuing financial problems." Although there isn't a timeline on any decision by the Hall's Board of Directors, president and CEO Jonathan Ullman acknowledged, "how we operate here is something we need to think about."

The promising news is that the Hall of Fame is "fortunate in that we do not have any debt" and that cash reserves exist, according to Ullmann, but challenges are ahead. "The organization needs to think about how it can best serve its constituents," said Ullmann. "We are a business, and we need to look at the bottom line."

While fall 2009 tournaments like the Hall of Fame Cup and New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer will take place on the ground of the museum complex as scheduled, no tournaments are being booked for 2010 at this time, confirmed Ullmann. That said, Ullmann assured that annual induction events will continue, stating "there will always be a Hall of Fame."

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