October 9, 2019
The Simulation Football League today announced multiple team lineup changes for the Winter 2020 season. The SFL owners have approved the sale of the Oklahoma City Renegades to current Houston Co-Owner Eddie Gauge, will not extend a new League Affiliation Agreement to the San Francisco Sharks, will play with 20 teams and eliminate bye weeks in the Winter 2020 season and will expand by two teams for the Summer 2020 season, bringing the league to a new high of 22 franchises.
“With our new tremendous television partner Eleven Sports, the growing interest in our competitive esport and interactive league and with unprecedented momentum heading into next season, we have taken the steps to further bolster our organization,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “I thank the owners, as always, for contributing to the process and thank league staff for their tireless effort all season long. We are tremendously excited for the future.”
Roster sizes against the salary cap will expand in the off-season. The number in which rosters will expand will be determined after the season is over and owner meetings have concluded.
Oklahoma City sold
The Oklahoma City Renegades, an original founding franchise has sold to current Houston Co-Owner Eddie Gauge. Gauge intends to move the team to Arizona and the branding project is ongoing. While the sale has been approved, Gauge will remain as the Co-Owner of Houston and will not lead the Oklahoma City locker room until the Hyenas complete their 13th season. Gauge, like all other team owners, can speak to free agents in regards to his relocated franchise during the transition, which will begin play in January 2020.
“It is with mixed emotions that I report that my days as a Houston Hyena are coming to an end,” Gauge said, as part of his statements made to Houston players Wednesday morning. “While I am both nervous and excited about this newfound opportunity, I am also saddened by the fact that for four seasons, I called Houston home, and this is by no means an easy atmosphere to walk away from.”
Irvine led OKC for all of the SFL’s 13 seasons, compiling a 53-88 record with three playoff appearances. The Renegades made both the Season 1 and Season 2 Championship games under Irvine’s direction. He was a Hall-of-Fame finalist in 2019, nominated for his steady commitment to the league through all of its growth over the last six-plus years.
League to expand for first time since Season 11
San Francisco Sharks folded
- Failure to engage players and lead them through the progression system with accuracy and dedication
- Branding violations and legal ramifications of those decisions
- Failure to address players in the locker room setting, ineffectively building team camaraderie and unity
- Disengaged in league and ownership conversation and discussion with a lack of interest in forwarding the league or contributing in any way outside of the team
- Failure to deliver on league related initiatives after previously committing
All former San Francisco players are free agents and are free to pursue opportunities within the league on and off the field.