Discussion in 'SoCalScene' started by Mic Nificent, Aug 14, 2019 at 7:06 PM.
Anyone else hear the rumor that Surf is going to or may have already bought out Del Mar Sharks?
What would they be buying, and from whom?
Doesn’t need much explanation. Either you heard of this or not.
Who did you hear this from... Surf or Sharks source?
I have no idea if this is true. But if it is- does it get Surf back into ECNL?
You use the term "buy" in the context to two companies that are public benefit corporations / non-profits, so its a valid question. The Surf Model is to license its name "surf" to various regions: SGV Surf, Murrieta Surf, Hawaii Surf, etc. These are simply independent soccer clubs that pay Surf to use the name. Then we have Surf SD, Surf OC, Surf LA, which are "company" run Surf branches, versus affiliates. These guys simply license the surf name under the Surf affiliate program.
If Del Mark Sharks and Surf were to "merge" it would not surprise me, with the Del Mark sharks simply giving up and transferring all of their assets to the bigger stronger kid on the block. Operating as an affiliate is likely too close to home and not realistic.
I just read what I wrote and its confusing. Should be:
No way. Surf is more about business and developing the players/teams that are cherry picked to highlight the “surf” brand. That is not how DMCV sharks has or will ever operate. Rumors abound but the truth is that the DMCV culture is appreciated and wants to be maintained by the coaches and players affiliated with the sharks club.
I agree I hope it’s not true. I’ve heard this from a director And a few coaches from different clubs but none no longer affiliated with either surf or sharks. Earlier I said bought out but yes technically it would be a merge but don’t fool yourself if you don’t any money is changing hands. Technically would be a merge but behind closed doors it’s a purchase lol
Sharks selling out??? I never thought I'd see the day. I love the way that they develop their teams. Bummer.
Appreciate that if its other DOCs or Coaches saying these things, it could be strategic false information to create a little discord and unease among the Del Mar Shark parents.
I hope that’s all it is. Would hate to see them fold and merge with surf.