Why the Borislow-WPS case won’t die

Yes, I know. Only masochists and bored legal scholars are still reading legal documents in this case at this point. But since the court held an inconclusive status conference this week (I’ve heard “trial in April,” “the judge still hasn’t ruled on the motions” and “cannot comment at this time”), I’ll give an inconclusive status update. The latest filing from Dan Borislow’s legal team shows how far apart the sides are at this point. It’s a position statement offered before the status conference. Enjoy. What we have now are a couple of different possibilities for what has happened, depending on … Continue reading Why the Borislow-WPS case won’t die

Sports and religion … oil and vinegar? (Or “oil and Linegar*”?)

David Brooks, one of the more independent-minded and therefore one of the more thoughtful pundits around today, offers a thoughtful but flawed take on sports and religion, citing the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow crazes. Ascent in the sports universe is a straight shot. You set your goal, and you climb toward greatness. But ascent in the religious universe often proceeds by a series of inversions: You have to be willing to lose yourself in order to find yourself; to gain everything you have to be willing to give up everything; the last shall be first; it’s not about you. Not … Continue reading Sports and religion … oil and vinegar? (Or “oil and Linegar*”?)

WPS teams move on; WPS does not

If you’ve been looking for just a little bit of good news in pro women’s soccer, you got it today. The Western New York Flash and Boston Breakers will play this season, and a couple of well-established WPSL teams (FC Indiana, former WPSer Chicago Red Stars) will be moving into an “elite league” to join them. I’m guessing Marta won’t be involved, but this will give a lot of WPS players a few options other than fleeing the country. But if you read what I’ve written at espnW, you’ll see things aren’t quite as rosy for the league as a … Continue reading WPS teams move on; WPS does not

Business plan (Lisa needs braces!) – roots of a WPS conflict

You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one – John Lennon I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. – Rebecca West I had been planning to write about the underlying business-model dispute in WPS today, and then I saw that Fake Sigi had already chimed in on the topic of marketing WPS as a “cause.” I’ve said before that there are plenty of reasons to own a sports team … Continue reading Business plan (Lisa needs braces!) – roots of a WPS conflict

Soccer Hall of Fame: Decisions, decisions

Last year, justice was done in the Soccer Hall of Fame voting. Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope were easy calls, though the fact that Jones got more votes than Pope is a little alarming. The Veterans Committee rectified the voters’ error of omitting Bruce Murray. And at long last, voters realized that Earnie Stewart scored the first winning goal for the USA in a men’s World Cup since 1950, then stuck around to make sure the USA kept getting back to the big show. (Speaking of 1950 — let’s take a moment to remember Harry Keough and be glad that … Continue reading Soccer Hall of Fame: Decisions, decisions

Glimpse inside Florida courtroom raises more questions in WPS-Borislow case

Today’s espnW story hints at the direction the WPS-Borislow legal proceedings will take in the wake of league’s decision to suspend the 2012 season. A key issue: Would U.S. Soccer allow exhibition games between a magicJack exhibition team and WPS teams? WPS says definitely not. Borislow’s legal team says it wasn’t cut and dried, and in any case, the court transcripts show that the deal wasn’t even dependent on that. Look at these court transcripts and decide for yourself. First up, the court hearing that was supposed to be a four-hour session on “irreparable harm” but instead became the announcement … Continue reading Glimpse inside Florida courtroom raises more questions in WPS-Borislow case

Again with the promotion/relegation: Investors STILL needed

I was kidding when I mused aloud about suing a certain promotion/relegation zealot for defamation. I think. As I’ve said before, the people (particularly the ringleader) of the promotion/relegation movement tend to personalize things. We’re not just idiots if we don’t see how American soccer would obviously be better if everyone saw the “open system” light. We’re on the take from Major League Soccer as part of a grand conspiracy to rid the world of the league system that began when England had too many soccer teams applying for its league. We soccer journalists can say we like pro/rel but … Continue reading Again with the promotion/relegation: Investors STILL needed