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OC Insider: The Sports Page

Byron Roth got a special kick out of RX3 Growth Partners’ annual flag football tournament, held March 16 at Saddleback College.

“My three kids played” with the NFL quarterbacks—whose attendees included Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen and Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff, both of whom live in OC in the offseason —participating in the event, Roth, head of Newport Beach’s Roth MKM, the area’s largest investment firm, told our Peter J. Brennan.

“One of them got an over-the-shoulder touchdown pass from (Green Bay Packers QB) Jordan Love,” Roth, one of the three founders of RX3, noted.

Another Roth family member followed the unfortunate playbook of another RX3 partner, Aaron Rodgers, whose first season at the helm of the NY Jets only lasted a handful of plays.

“The other (kid) snapped his Achilles on the first play,” Roth said.

The third edition of the flag football event raised nearly $3M for charity, a record amount.
“All in all, it was good,” Roth said of the event.

For more on RX3 and its other founder, Nate Raabe, see Brennan’s front-page story, along with the Business Journal’s other Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award winners profiled in this edition.

OC’s famed sports promoter Roy Englebrecht has pitched his own unique football competition: the “Irrelevant Bowl,” which aims to feature the two worst teams in college football going head-to-head.

“No polls, no rankings, no controversy, just two winless or near winless teams looking for redemption and one elusive win,” Englebrecht said in a statement.

The proposed bowl is a play on the “Mr. Irrelevant” festivities held annually in Englebrecht’s hometown of Newport Beach, to commemorate the last player selected in the NFL Draft.

That event got plenty of exposure in the past year, as Brock Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 draft, took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl this February.

Thus far, the NCAA appears uninterested in approving the Irrelevant Bowl, according to national reports.

Roy Englebrecht has other ideas up his sleeve. Last month he announced plans to launch Extreme Roller Derby, a locally based, modernized take on the vintage sporting competition.

The new league, starting out in Southern California, aims to start next year. The new league expects to be “investing millions” in its formation and launch.

The competition will focus “on the established rule set of classic roller derby, but with no pre-determined outcomes or pro wrestling-esque antics,” it says.

For any aspiring skaters, open tryouts take place next month at The Hangar at Costa Mesa’s OC Fair & Event Center. The league is looking for 100 skaters, to make up its first eight teams.

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Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung joined the Orange County Business Journal in 2021 as their Marketing Creative Director. In her role she creates all visual content as it relates to the marketing needs for the sales and events teams. Her responsibilities include the creation of marketing materials for six annual corporate events, weekly print advertisements, sales flyers in correspondence to the editorial calendar, social media graphics, PowerPoint presentation decks, e-blasts, and maintains the online presence for Orange County Business Journal’s corporate events.
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