San Francisco Bulls Fold, Effective Immediately

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Joseph Schell
Nothing left but the memories
Last week, the San Francisco Bulls revealed themselves to be on exceedingly thin ice


After being granted a weekend-long negotiating extension by the league board of governors, the team was unable to cement a deal with an ownership group that, SF Weekly is told, would have moved the squad to Fresno. Instead, the Bulls -- the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks -- sent an e-mail to ticket-holders today announcing the immediate curtailment of the season. 

And the team's existence. 

Calls to the Bulls Cow Palace's office were not answered; the first option on the voicemail regards those hoping to recoup tickets for the team's 32 canceled games. That was a giveaway that talks with the Fresno group had gone sideways, even for those who didn't receive the team's e-mail. 


Team president and coach Pat Curcio and CEO Angela Batinovich didn't return messages. League commissioner Brian McKenna declined to comment. 

Today, ticket-holders received the aforementioned e-mail: 

To the SF Bulls Ticket Holders,

We regret to inform you that the SF Bulls are ceasing operations, effective immediately.

The team was hoping to secure new ownership, however the terms of an updated deal were unable to be finalized, cancelling the remainder of the season. We want to thank all of our loyal season ticket and mini plan holders over the last two seasons.

It's been such a memorable time here with you in San Francisco, and we've especially appreciated all of your positive feedback over the past week. Thank you to those who went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed in the Bay Area, especially the members of the Matadors and Stampede. The entire organization is grateful. We had a great opportunity come to us that would've kept the Bulls in San Francisco at least through the end of the 2014 season, with potential for future seasons, but we ran out of time to complete all ends of the deal.

At this point, the best thing to do financially is to reluctantly end the season. We will miss playing here, miss our fans, and miss this city. Bringing hockey to San Francisco was a dream; we have great talent on our team, and had a great vision for what the team could be.

Things didn't pan out the way we had hoped. It's sad, and disconcerting, but we're unfortunately left with no other choice at this point. For fans that have already purchased tickets to upcoming games, the Bulls Office will take requests for refunds up until February 28. Season ticket holders and single game ticket holders can contact their ticket reps for more information at admin@sfbulls.com.

Sadly, it seems this Change.org petition to Mayor Ed Lee imploring him to, somehow, save a team playing in Daly City did not serve its intended purpose. 



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16 comments
Jim Yu
Jim Yu

Fold...like you got a pair. Lol

Dan Waterhouse
Dan Waterhouse

Writing from Fresno. The move to Fresno was a bit of a longshot. The Bulls would have played their games downtown at our City owned convention center. The City was rather lukewarm about the proposal due to the meltdown of the Falcons six years ago, and the sale and move of one half of the Monsters last year.

Daniella Cat
Daniella Cat

My friends and I all felt it was uncomfortably bright lighting to sit in at the Cow Palace games. Yes, even hockey games need ambiance. Such a bummer.

Louie Noriz
Louie Noriz

That sucks for the league. I went to a Bulls game @ the Cow Palace. There were only 200 fans in the building. Sad to see such a poor support from their fan base. I guess Shark fan won't go to So. S.F.....

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