April 15, 2018
The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music is proud to announce the additions of the Las Vegas Fury, Baltimore Vultures and New Orleans Pharaohs to the Season 11 lineup. The additions take the SFL to an all-time high of 21 teams.
“We’re so excited for the future of the SFL,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “I’m so proud of the dedication and effort it takes to get to a moment like this. Our applicants and our ownesrhip group did a phenomenal job being vigilant in the decision-making process. For those that did not receive a team this go-around, there will be more opportunities in the future.”
The SFL returns to Baltimore, where the Crabs spent seven seasons. The team is owned by Tim Johnston, the same owner of the Crabs, who took Season 10 off with a move and a job shift that prohibited from giving him all he could offer to the SFL. Johnston was given the opportunity to buy San Antonio, or return the Crabs identity, but felt like his organization needed a fresh start.
“Baltimore is thrilled to be back in the Simulation Football League,” Johnston said. “Since I first saw and heard a live game many years ago – I have loved and believed in the product Cam provides and delivers with such passion. I remember many games (way back in season 2) where there were just 2 or 3 viewers; and Cam was there – with the same passion he delivers today to hundreds and thousands at a time. His passion (and the passion of the staff, beat writers, web site designers, broadcasters, owners, coaches, players and fans) is the reason why the league is exploding. I am so happy to see it – and very happy to be a part of it. The SFL is much bigger than football. I appreciate the great people in the league that I consider friends (even though I have only met a few of them in person). I look forward to the great competition, comradery and fun.”
The league also returns to Las Vegas, where the Las Vegas Gamblers played one season before returning back to Cleveland under the direction of Ronnie Nickens. The Fury have been building an incredible stadium as once again – the SFL beats the NFL to a desired city. The team is owned by Max Jackson, who spent his rookie season in San Francisco last year, and took over as head coach after the team started 0-4. Jackson guided the Sharks to a 5-3 finish, two of those losses coming by less than four points to playoff teams.
“I have a lot to prove,” Jackson said. “I feel I left the Sharks going in the right direction, but here I am in Vegas and I’m ready to get to work.”
For the first time, the SFL makes a trip down to New Orleans, where the Pharaohs will cement their exciting SFL action in the Bayou. Arrington is a Hall-of-Fame Finalist on the field, recording 35 interceptions (5th all-time) with 594 interception return yards – most in league history. He is one of only three players and the only active player with at least three Pick-6s. Off it, he’s had coaching stints in St. Louis, Mexico City and Houston.
“I would like to thank everyone who believed in the dream of bringing a franchise to the city of New Orleans,” Arrington said. “All my mentors guided me thru a pretty rocky process but I trusted the process and it delivered. I’m ready to get to work and build a winner.”
For information on conference alignment and expansion draft information, visit www.simulationfl.net.