Nashville, TN - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) has terminated its Houston-based franchise, the “Scrap Yard Dawgs,” (SYD) effective January 29, 2018 due to repeated violations of the team’s franchise agreement, including the SYD’s repeated failure to make timely payments to players, vendors and the league. The SYD also repeatedly communicated efforts to start its own league despite the violation of the team’s obligations to the NPF, other team owners and players.
The NPF permitted the SYD to participate in the league’s most recent team owners meeting January 24 – 25, 2018 on the premise that the SYD would comply with league rules and rectify its various infractions. After the SYD failed to fulfill their commitments, the NPF made the decision to issue a cease-and-desist letter and terminate the team.
“It is unfortunate that the league has been placed in the position of terminating the Scrap Yard Dawgs franchise,” said NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “However, it would be unfair to allow one team to ignore league rules and franchise requirements while all others work within the guidelines and regulations to operate their teams in the best interest of the league.”
The SYD are now one of two failed NPF teams owned by Joel Bartsch. “Texas Charge” was dismantled after Bartsch failed to execute an exclusive purchasing option presented by the NPF as part of a three-year license agreement for the team. The purchasing option date was originally scheduled to expire Sept. 1, 2017. The NPF then extended the expiration date to October 1, 2017 upon Bartsch’s request.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is a growing professional sports platform for women in sport, specifically the sport of fastpitch softball. NPF currently exists as a rarity among professional team sports options for women. The league provides a place for fastpitch softball’s elite level players, to compete against each other. The NPF works to grow the game daily through individual team ownership, increased engagement with corporate America partners and expanded media coverage including both digital and linear options. The five current affiliate NPF teams are located in Akron, OH; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Vero Beach FL; and Viera, FL.