February 13, 2019
The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music announces Wednesday that Alan Armatys has taken over the Indianapolis Spitfire as sole owner – effectively immediately – after Co-owner James Richards resigned from his position earlier this month. Armatys was voted in by the owners with 92.7% of the vote as a Co-Owner of Indianapolis in November of 2018.
“I am eager to see a new chapter begin with our Indianapolis team,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “Alan has quickly risen through the ranks of that organization and he has done a great job steering the ship while the Competition Committee went through the process of Co-Owner and franchise transfer reform, which was needed. He has the potential to put together one of the most well-run franchises in the league and I am looking forward to seeing how Alan can command his troops.
“The process of doing things the right way in the best way for all people in the SFL community is not a process that is taken lightly and I am pleased with the Committee’s decision to ask the tough questions, lay out multiple proposals and come to agreement on a variety of different situations and circumstances that may arise in the future as league interest, complexity and importance grows. That helped the league make a decision that we felt was the right one for all parties.”
Armatys makes history, becoming the first Co-Owner who was not originally part of the franchise’s expansion bid to be awarded the transfer of a franchise, but is not the first person to join a team as a Co-Owner after the fact. Other teams have been sold to outside candidates or simply folded in the past. St. Louis, Mexico City, London and Baltimore all currently have ownership groups and are not run by an individual.
“I am humbled and excited for this opportunity,” Armatys said. “Being an owner of an SFL franchise was a goal I set for myself when I entered the league. I did not even consider that it could happen within two seasons. I want to personally thank James Richards, for mentoring me, and trusting me enough to pass the torch of ownership on to me.”
The Indianapolis Red Devils began play in Season 10, where the team compiled a 6-6 record and won a Wild Card Playoff game against San Antonio, before bowing out to Tallahassee in the league quarterfinals. After a disappointing 3-9 Season 11 campaign, the Red Devils added Armatys as a Co-Owner (through owner approval process) and re-branded as the Indianapolis Spitfire. The team currently sits at 2-4 in Season 12.