SFL Communications

February 13, 2019

After a week of thoughtful deliberation, the SFL’s Competition Committee has put new policies in place related to the owner transfer process, co-owner process and franchise rights processes. The vote passed 5-2.

“I thank the Committee for their service to the SFL and their ability to act as unbiased parties in their deliberations in order to do what is best for the league as a whole,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “These are very complex decisions that effect operations and people’s efforts across the board. We wanted to make sure the process was fair to all parties involved, at any time of the year or season.”

The new policies are as follows and will be added to the league’s operation manual/rulebook effective immediately:

The League has an established set of procedures in place for handling the ongoing operations of a franchise which has lost its ownership group, whether by resignation of disciplinary proceedings. These procedures vary dependent on the circumstances of the ownership group and the timing.

In-Season Ownership Vacancy Contingency 
1. In a case where a team has no co-owner and no suitable replacement candidate within the franchise, the League will solicit applications from the league at large for handling team operations as an Interim Owner for the remainder of the season. The League may confirm the Interim Owner through several different options:

• Unilateral decision by the Commissioner
• A vote of the full ownership group
• A vote of the Competition Committee
The League may decide on one of the above options as it sees fit, dependent on the circumstances.
The franchise will then be folded at the end of the season. The branding and team history will revert to league ownership. In instances where the franchise is folded, the League may use its discretion in granting the franchise branding and history in a future ownership bid.

2. In a case where a franchise does not have a Co-Owner and has one or more suitable replacement candidates within the franchise, the role of Interim Owner will be offered firstly to these individuals, with precedence as set out below:
• General Manager
• Head Coach
• Coordinator (Offensive/Defensive)
• Any other verified staff role
Assuming the role is accepted by one of the above staff members, the league then follows the procedure for confirming the Interim Owner and folding the franchise as per section 1.

3. In a case where a franchise does have multiple owners (co-owners), responsibility for franchise operations is divided amongst the remaining members of the ownership group of the franchise in question for the remainder of the season.

If the departing co-owner provides written confirmation of transfer of his ownership share to his co-ownership partner(s) prior to their departure, the League may choose to forgo further deliberation on ownership of the franchise and permit the new ownership group to continue in a permanent capacity.

If the league does not receive confirmation of transfer of ownership, during the offseason, a recall vote of the full ownership group (minus the franchise in question) will be held on determining whether the franchise is permitted to continue operations. The League may provide guidance and advice on the best course of action, considering the operational capacity of the existing ownership group to meet League standards.

If the vote is approved, the new owner/co-owners are permitted to continue in a permanent capacity. If the vote is rejected, the franchise is folded. In instances where the franchise is folded, the League may use its discretion in granting the franchise branding and history in a future ownership bid.

Off-Season Ownership Vacancy Contingency 
1. In a case where an owner has departed during the offseason and there is no co-owner, the franchise is immediately folded. Dependent on circumstances, the League may decide on replacing the franchise or choosing to continue operations less one team.

a. If the franchise in question folds whilst holding player contracts (post free agency, prior to the start of the season), a replacement franchise may absorb the roster of the folded franchise for ease of transition and to avoid player displacement.

2. In a case where an owner has departed during the offseason and there is a co-owner or multiple co-owners, responsibility for running the franchise is divided amongst the remaining co-owners.

If the departing co-owner provides written confirmation of transfer of his ownership share to his co-ownership partner(s) prior to their departure, the League may choose to forgo further deliberation on ownership of the franchise and permit the new ownership group to continue in a permanent capacity.

If the league does not receive confirmation of transfer of ownership, during the offseason, a recall vote of the full ownership group (minus the franchise in question) will be held on determining whether the franchise is. The League may provide guidance and advice on the best course of action, considering the operational capacity of the existing ownership group to meet League standards.

If the vote is approved, the new owner/co-owners are permitted to continue in a permanent capacity. If the vote is rejected, the franchise is folded. In instances where the franchise is folded, the League automatically grants permission to the former co-owner(s) to use the franchise branding and history in a future ownership bid.

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