October 30, 2020
The Simulation Football League is proud to announce the ownership group of Los Angeles, Tom Ramen and Rachelle Colston, to the SFL landscape beginning with Season 16 – set to kickoff in January 2021. The group received the most votes of all expansion voting and – as a team who also expressed interest in transforming the Chicago franchise – have been awarded the relocation of Chicago. The team will be called the Lycans and the official branding will be unveiled later this off-season before the signing process begins.
“With 12 applicants vying for expansion teams and 11 of them showing interest in the Chicago team up for sale, there was a lot to consider for the current 21 team owners of the SFL,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “We thank the owners for the process and tradition and welcome Tom and Rachelle into the group and look forward to their positive contributions this off-season and on/off the field in the many years to come. They have done just about everything you can do to support their previous teams and support the league in which they play and care so deeply for. They will be a welcome addition to the Simulation Football League.”
Colston becomes the first woman owner in the SFL since Jaimie Walsh owned the Kailua Wyverns/Honolulu Legends from Seasons 1-5. She has quickly ascended through the ranks since joining the league in Season 13, serving two seasons as Director of Communications and General Manager, one season as Assistant General Manager and two seasons as Director of Communications for the Carolina Skyhawks. At the league level, she is a major part of the stats team and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel.
“I would like to thank Harish Prasad and James Cline for teaching me and mentoring me,” Colston said. “This moment would not be possible without the both of you. Words cannot express how excited I am to be the only female owner in the SFL. I am looking forward to working with Tom over the next couple of months to get our team together, and to take the field as the Lycans for the first time.”
Ramen has been in the SFL since Season 11 and has spent his entire career with the Las Vegas Fury, serving five seasons as a scout, two seasons as a general manager, three seasons as a defensive coordinator, one season as head coach during his five seasons in Nevada. Ramen was promoted to Assistant Director of Roster Management this last season and will take the reigns as Director of Roster Management this off-season.
“First off, I want to thank Jon Bond and Tony Benefield who helped me start my SFL career back in season 11,” Ramen said. “Working with them has always been a pleasure and are a top-notch ownership group. Las Vegas has been my home for 2 ½ years and we have always been a family. To all my teammates from the last five seasons, you guys are what makes this league so much fun and I will miss you all. Looking forward to next season I know that we are going to put every amount of effort into putting a quality product on and off the field. Thank you to all the owners that made this possible for us, we have worked on this plan for so long and are so happy to get this party started.”
Both Ramen and Colston will be on stats for the SFL Championship Game this Sunday November 1 at 4 pm ET, live on Eleven Sports and For the Fans and both have been active in community support and fundraising. Rachelle sewed masks for her teammates using Carolina Skyhawk branded material. Over 300 masks were distributed to her local community. Tom started a fundraising event to support the Play Like A Girl Foundation which raised $260 in season 15.
The Lycans will be able to participate in the re-signing period by bringing back Chicago Wildcat players who want to return to the organization for Season 16. The organization will be a full-voting member during owner meetings, which begin Wednesday November 4. This marks the SFL’s return to California since the San Francisco Sharks were a playing member in 2019.
To view their full expansion slideshow and learn more about the ownership group, click here.