The Palm Beach Post reports today, in a story behind a paywall that required three incredibly frustrating efforts to sign up, that Dan Borislow’s estate has not been settled because of several lawsuits and claims. The lawsuits and claims against him: $674,000 to Palm Beach Kennel Club, where he won $6.67 million and change on one race card in May but placed many more bets last year. Borislow’s wife has disputed the claim. $3.3 million to one Michael Ciprianni of Palm Beach Gardens. $6 million to the IRS. He and his wife challenged that claim in U.S. Tax Court in … Continue reading Borislow lawsuits go on
Dan Borislow’s larger-than-life reputation was so great that, upon hearing of his death this morning, I immediately thought I needed to get his side of the story. I was sorely tempted to text him, thinking I might get an entertaining response about a bunch of idiots declaring him dead when he had every right to be alive. In this case, he would’ve been right. To pass away so suddenly and so young, with children just on the verge of adulthood, is a colossal injustice far beyond anything alleged in a Palm Beach County court document. And for someone like Borislow, … Continue reading Remembering Dan Borislow
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is an economist by trade — which is good, because if you see the financial documents linked later on, you’ll remember that he doesn’t get paid for his role with the federation. (Perhaps it’s a little unfair that the person making the big bucks, CEO Dan Flynn, rarely has to face the media while we pester Gulati all the time. But I digress.)
So when we pestered Gulati before Sunday’s USA-China women’s game, he made one telling statement: “I’ve been doing this too long to get too up or down by individual data points.”
Whether you agree with everything Gulati does or not, this statement is one thing that separates his thought processes from most of us who yap about soccer on the Internet. We in the virtual soccer community can “prove” lots of things from single data points:
- Hey, it’s 50 degrees in Chicago today! That proves MLS can play through the winter!
- The Rochester Rhinos won the Open Cup! That proves the A-League is better than MLS!
- We sold a lot of tickets for one exhibition game between Manchester United and Real Madrid! That proves that if MLS teams simply spent themselves silly, we’d have crowds like this every game!
- The WPS games immediately after the World Cup drew huge crowds! That proves WPS has made it!
- The U.S. men won in Italy! Why aren’t we ranked in the top 10?
In the long run, it’s a good thing the powers that be don’t make decisions based on isolated data points. They might see a few hundred people gathered for one of last spring’s WPS games and figure women’s soccer is dead. They might see empty seats in MLS cities — even in places like Toronto where the seats are apparently sold but not occupied — and figure MLS is struggling. They might notice that ratings trumpeted as big numbers for European broadcasts are in the same ballpark as the numbers that have fans of The Ultimate Fighter on edge.
Let’s look at a couple of data points and see how the situation is a little more complicated than it appears:
Former magicJack owner Dan Borislow has been conciliatory toward other WPS alumni. Their lawsuit is settled, and everyone’s moving forward. But he still sees an obstruction in the path of women’s soccer, and it’s the organization that collects the sanctioning fees. Here’s his statement: My take on the whole matter is that WPS could have made it if the USSF granted money to the league instead of charge it. I have never understood why the most successful team and players representing the United States in the last 10 years are not taken care of like the national treasure they are. … Continue reading Borislow unleashes anger at U.S. Soccer
I’ll have more analysis at some point over the weekend, in case my story and analysis at espnW aren’t enough for you. But I wanted to go ahead and pass this along from my inbox … May 18, 2012 (NORWOOD, MA) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) further announces today that the efforts of all teams over the past six months have regrettably lead to the conclusion that the league cannot continue forward despite the efforts of all teams. MagicJack did everything possible to try and keep the league together and succeed as well. MagicJack helped keep the league alive in … Continue reading Boston Breakers statement on WPS
Someone asked recently if I could put all the WPS-Borislow documents in one place. I also find myself sometimes wanting to go back and check a few things, and I’m sure a couple of the diehards following everything also want to see it all together. So with apologies to those who just want this all to be over with, here goes:
You can get a list of the documents from the Palm Beach County clerk’s site. They say it’s only set up to work in Internet Explorer, but I was able to get it to load in Chrome as well. Here’s the direct link to the case.
This order, released with no fanfare March 9 and not posted to the court site until a few days later, is one of the simplest documents in the long saga of Dan Borislow’s court case against WPS. It boils down to one sentence: The Court overrules Defendant’s Specific Objections as to Requests No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the Court sustains as to Defendant’s Specific Objections to Requests No. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The document has the feel of something that was rushed. For one thing, the second “as to” in that sentence is misplaced. For … Continue reading Judge cuts Borislow’s discovery request in half, but WPS’s to-do list is long