Surf buys out DM Sharks?

Anyone else hear the rumor that Surf is going to or may have already bought out Del Mar Sharks?
 

MWN

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Doesn’t need much explanation. Either you heard of this or not.
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.
 

MWN

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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:

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.
 
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
 

MWN

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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.
 
Was there a directive for clubs to choose DA or ECNL, but not both?
Yes...but IF DMCV becomes a SURF affiliate (thus still a separate organization), the DMCV group could retain ECNL and essentially become Surf’s. ECNL affiliate whilst the mothership retains DA
 
Here are the facts as of today...there was a potential licensing agreement which would enable the competitive arm of DMCV Sharks to license (NOT MERGE or be acquired by) the Surf Brand in order to have shared access with fields, primarily the former polo fields (surf soccer park). A meeting with membership was held to inform DMCV Sharks parents/families of this potential action. Based on the feedback from membership and others impacted by a potential licensing agreement with Surf, the licensing arrangement will not go forward. The culture and focus on players is what makes DMCV Sharks "the Sharks". That message was heard loud and clear, and kudos to leadership for listening and being courageous in prioritizing the importance of preserving the culture over "brand".
 
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