A changing of the guard is underway.
The NFLN CFM league office released a statement Friday, May 21, announcing the retirement of Nick Shook as commissioner of the league, founded with the start of Madden NFL 19 play, and as owner of the Cleveland Browns.
"I have nothing more to say than thank you, both to the existing members and those that came before them," Shook said in the statement. "They are who made this league and will continue to make this league, which will survive long after I've left it.
"It's just time. After 14 seasons, it's time for me to move on. The great fans of Cleveland treated my Browns incredibly well, despite only reaching the pinnacle once, in the Madden 19 2024 season. They suffered through many more Super Bowl and AFC Championship Game losses than even the most passionate Bills fan, and they deserve to be commended for that.
"I now understand the reasoning of my fiercest competitor in this league, Will Robinson, when he abruptly left the league and never returned. Despite the addicting and intoxicating nature of our hyper-competitive league, I have run out of gas. There's nothing left in the tank for me. It's time. I wish the members of this great league the best as they move forward without me, and I know Matt Kumagai will be a fantastic commissioner, just as his Bears are a tremendous champion."
Kumagai's ascension to the chair of Commissioner follows the league's succession plan and is effective immediately, per the league.
When pressed on his way out of league headquarters by reporters on what retirement means, he referred to Michael Jordan's first retirement following the 1993 season, saying "retirement can be whatever I want it to be. If I want to come back to play again at some point in the future, I can do that. I'm not closing that door."
Shook retires from his post atop the Browns with a total win-loss record of 194-45, including a M20 playoff record of 11-8. His Browns won five AFC Championships (four in M20, one in M19) and one Super Bowl (LIX in M19).