Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) announced today a strategic reorganization that MLRH President and Founder Bill Raue believes can re-energize the sport and the league, The plan calls for MLRH and Roller Hockey TV to become totally separate organizations with MLRH Commissioner Doug Jones assuming the title of Vice-President for Communications while remaining an adviser to MLRH. Jones will assume an enhanced roll with Roller Hockey TV.
In making the announcement, Raue said, “There have been few revolutionary ideas In the world of roller hockey. Nothing has changed in a long time - same organizations, same events and the same old deal for the players and teams - pay your tournament fees and we’ll see you again next year.” I believe giving away a share of the league is pretty special.”
“We are shaking things up!”
Under the new structure, MLRH member teams will have the opportunity to own a share of MLRH at no cost to the team. “Over time, organizations tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the sports world, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant,” said Raue.
Member teams will participate in the decision making in determining what kind of leagues and events MLRH will offer with the opportunity to host events and retain the profits. “I’m giving away the store,” Raue laughed. ‘But I believe engaged teams and individuals could make a huge contribution to the sport and our league. Since the earliest days, teams and players have had little input.”
So how will this work?
Commissioner, Doug Jones has accepted the Vice President position with MLRH and will now focus on webcast, video and MLRH productions. With Jone’s departure to this new venture, MLRH has eliminated the position of commissioner altogether. Bill Raue will oversee day to day operations. “Doug has shown tremendous strength and growth with our productions, webcasts and his ability to do live webcasts. We both agreed it was time to change our league format to offer our teams a better franchise deal as well as putting more resources into the Roller Hockey TV Network,” Raue stated.
“MLRH has achieved some great success in the past with expansion to Europe and new concepts have helped the league grow - and in some areas, things have not worked out the way we anticipated, added Jones. “The present concept of running a professional league offers owners and our teams nothing to gain for their time and money. This is true of all leagues presently operating in America. We want to change that.”
Teams will again compete in the MLRH Pro Tour for the $10,000 cash prize at the 2015 – 2016 MLRH World Championships. The MLRH Super League will return for the 2016 season although there will be a greater commitment to paid pro players. Raue added that if member teams show an interest in non-check events, the league would support the idea. “Nobody pays money to watch flag football so the Super League goes on, Raue joked. “But I understand that full-contact roller hockey is not for everyone and I would be open to a non-check
league or tournament series.”
Vice President Doug Jones has this to offer...
“In regrouping and accepting the Vice President position, I have now, in the best interest of the sport, relinquished my shares and ownership of MLRH to the league so that the following may happen”, Doug Jones added.
Select MLRH teams become will become minority owners of the league. They will participate in league decisions with the opportunity to host events and retain the profits. Roller Hockey TV will provide webcast coverage at many
of these events with participating teams sharing in the advertising revenue they generate.
“People say it’s about growing the sport. Bill Raue started this and as we discussed our current situation, we realized that teams were paying us a substantial amount of money to participate with no equity for their effort. This new system changes that. Team’s are now in their own proverbial driver’s seat and are responsible for their own expenses as well as their profits.
Team owner’s who market, gather sponsors and sell tickets to games now have a chance to run their team like a real business. MLRH is their league and they will have ownership. In my efforts to try and always do the right thing, I relinquished my ownership portion of MLRH so that these teams can now experience the excitement of being an owner of a league and a franchise”, Jones finished.
President Bill Raue offered, “I have done this since 1998. I think this ownership agreement and chance to have a piece of my league may bring the excitement back to what we were trying to do. I thank Doug for selflessly giving back his shares and ownership so that this could happen. I am now more committed than ever to regrowing this league.
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If you’re as excited as I am, contact me today! Let’s build a league together. I can be reached world-wide at 703-535-5996 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get this 2015 – 2016 season going!”