The Albany Empire Sign WR/LB Nickolas Brassell for the 2023 Season

Albany, NY: The Albany Empire announced today that the team has signed Wide Receiver/Linebacker, Nickolas Brassell, for the 2023 National Arena League season. Brassell played collegiately at the University of Mississippi in the Oxford, Mississippi.  Brassell most recently played for the Cedar Rapids River Kings of the IFL in 2019 and for the Bay Area Panthers in 2020 and 2022.

About The Albany Empire

The Albany Empire was founded in 2018 and have won titles in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2019 as well as the National Arena League (NAL) in 2021 and 2022. The Empire play their home games at the MVP Arena located at 51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY. For more information about the Empire please email For ticket sales and information please call (518)714-2200 Ext. 101 or Email or visit

About The National Arena League

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 For more information about the NAL visit,,,

About The MVP Arena

MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany Empire of the National Arena League, the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit