July 7, 2020
The Simulation Football League’s Las Vegas Fury have added Tony Benefield as a minority owner on the squad. Jon Bond retains majority ownership.
Benefield, otherwise known as Merrick Itera on the field, has been a part of the team since its inception. Along with Majority Owner and Head Coach Jon Bond, General Manager Slinn Shady and quarterback Thomas Ramen – who works with the team in multiple departments off the field – the Fury are poised to take the next step in their franchise’s history.
“Tony has multiple reasons for becoming part of the SFL ownership family and as a seasoned vet who entered the league at the same time as I did,” Bond said. “He has been on this journey as my right-hand man all of this time. He has been my general manager, sounding board, and friend – as such we have discussed it is time he be properly recognized where he belongs in the Las Vegas Fury as an owner as we continue to work on making the franchise the best it can be.”
The Fury are entering their 5th Anniversary season since being named an expansion team in Season 11, the Summer of 2018. Some individuals go after joint or minority ownership in the hopes that one day they can one day own a team of their own. Benefield has made it clear: he is a part of Fury culture and has zero plans of pursuing his own team, but only wants to step into a bigger role with Las Vegas with the goal to strengthen the franchise.