Dan Borislow won part of his case in Florida, with the court saying WPS improperly terminated his magicJack team while reserving judgment on “irreparable harm” and other issues of the case. A hearing on Jan. 18 will address the rest. (Skip toward the full circuit court ruling if you like.)
This evening, WPS released a statement from CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan:
“We are extremely disappointed with the court’s findings and will consider our legal options. Mr. Borislow’s abusive behavior and blatant disregard for League rules were a clear breach of contract and led to the Boards’ dismissal of magicJack as a franchise. His statements and actions negatively impacted the league’s business including efforts to attract expansion teams and sponsors, jeopardized player safety and threatened the very integrity of the League.
“WPS owners took several measures to rectify the situation before making the difficult decision to dismiss Mr. Borislow from the League. If the court rules to reinstate the franchise, my fear is that ownership will seriously consider folding the League, thus ending professional soccer for women in the United States.”
No one else has commented today (not to my knowledge, at least — please let me know otherwise), but in checking with several teams, it appears Friday’s draft is still set to go on as scheduled.