June 23, 2021
The Simulation Football League’s Board of Governors have approved the sale of the Charleston Predators to longtime players and front office staff Jack Brown and Johnny Bravo. The team’s original owner Alan Armatys stepped down earlier this month, with a clear succession plan for the franchise in place, granted after a formal review of the franchise’s health. The team will remain the Charleston Predators with the same branding and continue play in the Atlantic Division.
“After talking with Jack and Johnny and seeing what stabilizing forces they have been and what they have meant to the team over the last three years, it became quickly apparent how passionate they are over continuing the Predators legacy,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “Alan did a tremendous job stabilizing the team when he bought Indianapolis and we thank him for his efforts over the years. He felt it was time to step away and certainly respect his decision and all the years of efforts to put a competitive product on the field.”
Jack Brown was a part of an expansion bid for Detroit two seasons ago that resulted in Los Angeles, San Diego and D.C. ownership groups earning teams, the latest round of expansion. Brown’s bid with now-Queen City General Manager BJ Loveless finished fourth on the ballot. The two will square off when Charleston faces Queen City in Week 10 of Season 17, the first time the two franchises will meet since Season 13, when Brown joined the Predators. He’s played right seasons in the major league, racking up 960 tackles – 6th most in SFL history.
Johnny Bravo has been with the franchise since its inception in Season 12 and has been the team’s General Manager. He’s one of only 67 players in league history to earn 25 career interceptions and has been a part of No. 1 scoring defenses, including the best all-time, Charleston’s Season 14 squad that gave up a SFL record 16.83 points per game.
With Brown and Bravo moving up, the team has tapped Jacob Clear to be the team’s new General Manager. The Predators this off-season have 18 of 20 positions filled prior to the draft, almost all returners from last season. Cory Mennor will be the new Director of Communications.