Sabercats lose ownership Nov 12, 2015 20:13:42 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Nov 12, 2015 20:13:42 GMT -8
Nov. 12, 2015 -- It appears the Arena Football League will lose another team for the 2016 season.
Commissioner Scott C. Butera announced in a statement on the league's website that the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have elected to discontinue their membership in the AFL.
In the statement, Butera said the league would search for new, viable ownership for the Sabercats, who played 20 seasons in the AFL.
The following is the commissioner's statement:
LAS VEGAS – Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.
Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.
“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”
The move by the Frys comes amid widely spread accusations of the team paying players "under the table." The league has a salary cap of a little over $1,400 per player, per game. Long-time followers of the league have pointed at the Sabercats as one of three or four teams who engaged in this practice in for the 2015 season; one which saw San Jose win ArenaBowl XXVIII in August.
The AFL folded two teams -- New Orleans VooDoo and Las Vegas Outlaws -- and lost the Spokane Shock when they moved to the Indoor Football League.
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