Davis’ Sol embroiled in legal battle

There will be no three-peat for Nate Davis this summer.

Unfortunately for the former Bellaire High and Ball State University quarterback, he won’t be seeking a third consecutive Lone Star Football League championship.

The key word being unfortunately.

Davis won back-to-back titles with Amarillo before packing his bags and heading to Hidalgo, Tx., and the Rio Grande Valley Sol.

It seems, according to the LSFL’s website, that the Sol were not playing by the rules. Not even close.

What makes this situation even worse is that the RGV owners also own the LSFL!

The LSFL has been in a legal battle with the SOL after RGV filed an injunction and subsequent lawsuit against the league and its executive committee. Listed in this injunction was Ricky Bailey, listed as an owner of the RGV SOL. Per league bylaws and operation manual, all ownership members must go through a vetted procedure and then become official by a vote of the league owners.

Bailey has not gone through any of those processes. The league was only notified on July 9 by SOL owner, Jennifer Andrews, that he had been added as a vested partner in her ownership group. The league has not, and does not, recognize Bailey as an owner in the Lone Star Football League due to not going through the proper procedures to be listed as a proud partner of the LSFL.

Its very own team owners own the LSFL. That is why it is very important to have a proper procedure listed in the operations manual and bylaws to protect the best interest of the entity. Andrews did go through this process before being awarded the right to join the 2014 LSFL season as the Rio Grande Sol. This process included a background check and a professional investigation dealing with financial status.

“The LSFL strives daily to provide quality entertainment, talent, and good business practices to each market we add to the league,” the website added. “We are looking forward to growth within our league and want to have the policies in place to ensure that will continue.”

The LSFL made the decision with a unanimous vote to make the SOL ineligible for post-season play after missing an important deadline. LSFL agreed to host the final game of the LSFL 2014 season at San Angelo on July 5 between the San Angelo Bandits and the New Mexico Stars.

Since then, the LSFL has been in a legal battle with the SOL after they filed an injunction and subsequent lawsuit against the league and its executive committee. This injunction was an effort to stop the game from being played on July 5. It was agreed to play a Championship Game in Rio Grande Valley on July 26, provided the SOL could support this effort.

After agreeing to this game on July 26, the LSFL was informed on July 6 the SOL had their workers comp insurance cancelled for non-payment. This again is a major violation of our by-laws, the website continued. The owner of the SOL was informed of the problem and was given until July 9 to rectify this problem. They were not able to get re-instated, so again the LSFL was forced to take action against the SOL because of the lack of insurance and the game on July 26th was cancelled.

The LSFL has tried to treat this matter in a professional manner and understands the frustration and confusion for our fans about the Texas Shootout LSFL CHAMPIONSHIP.

It needs to be known that Andrews has been past due on multiple payments and this has forced LSFL to make these payments for her such as travel fees, league dues, fines, and insurance payments. The Sol had their workers’ compensation insurance cancelled due to non-payment, and that ultimately jeopardized the safety of her own players.

Due to the actions of the SOL management, the LSFL’s original decision of RGV being ineligible for post-season play was upheld. The SOL were ruled ineligible to play in the championship game and the San Angelo Bandits were awarded the title as the 2014 LSFL champions after the win over the New Mexico Stars on July 5.

As I wrote in this space a couple of weeks ago, NOW is the time for Nate to get the heck out of Texas. It’s not going to get any better in Hidalgo.