Today in WPS and the Florida courts

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.

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97 Responses to Today in WPS and the Florida courts

  1. Steve K says:

    @Diane @Ben – I did some poking around to see what WPS players’ options might look like.

    Being Canadian, and since we have a few Canadian ladies with positions on Pitéa IF in the Swedish top league, I started there. Quoting from here: http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Lifestyle/Sport-leisure/Reading/Swedish-soccer-magnet-for-women/

    “… Damallsvenskan often considered the top women’s league worldwide … most clubs only employ a handful of full-time players. ‘And this is not a way to get rich. The players maybe get an apartment and, for most, a quite small salary.’”

    There are several top-tier women’s leagues around Europe. So, the options are definitely out there, if only overseas.

    However, since the story remains the same everywhere – It’s hard to make a living as a female professional soccer player – WPS folding would be a serious setback for most of the current players.

  2. Diane says:

    @Steve K @Ben – Thanks Steve. Most people are not aware of the limited options for making a living playing women’s soccer. Just because a league, anywhere in the world claims to play at a top level does not mean that translates to a living wage. This league is trying to survive, and sometimes that means holding your nose when making a decision, and provide a place for players to live their dream while making a living. Dan is brash and abrasive to some, but he has the same goal. Maybe it’s time for us to stop choosing sides in this mess and just support the league going forward. I’m sure there are enough naysayers to go around. I propose giving both sides the benefit of the doubt and let’s see how good we can make WPS 2012.

  3. Ben says:

    Thank you for the clarification. These players are all paid. The leagues I mentioned are all considered pro and yes they may have non-paid players.

    But Diane entertain me. In your opinion name me another pro league for women besides the WPS???

  4. Ben says:

    Diane the WPS pays a living wage??? To how many?

    Many of the players get $22,000 and maybe a little over. Thats a living wage? All those players need other jobs or with many their parents bail them out! Hell 20 -22 on the roster make half of that!

    Because all the players in other leagues are not paid does not take away the Pro Level Status. Lets remember pro is the top level and the leagues that provide the best entertainment with the best players. You will defend the WPS wages as being a new league and trying to survive well that argument is also good with the way other leagues choose to survive.

    The owners destroyed the WPS. Really support 2012 no thanks! These owners think they are entitled to a league and they have shown nothing to me but come support us because we started a league. They do not run a class league. Sorry I do not pity them!

  5. Steve K. says:

    @Ben – Who’s talking about pity? Diane even mentioned that the owners were at fault for breaking their own rules. I take a more bleeding-heart position, in that I don’t blame the owners at all. My feeling is that Dan was so detrimental to the league that the other owners could be forgiven for their poor reaction. Pity is not in the equation.

    However, support is certainly in this new equation. Since WPS is the top level of women’s soccer (arguably at the same level of talent as the W-League and WPSL), and having owners willing to commit to USSF minimum requirements, we must support whatever we get in order to keep it here in North America.

    Try

  6. Steve K. says:

    @Ben – Try to channel your distaste for the owners into constructive criticism. We all agree that WPS is far from perfect, but that’s precisely the reason why the teams really NEED our support.

  7. Gerry Marrone says:

    @Ben – specifically what are you on – I’d like to find some of it – it certainly seems hallucinogenic.

    “The owners destroyed the WPS” – these owners started WPS.

    “Because all the players in other leagues are not paid does not take away the Pro Level Status.” – Really? So if there are unpaid players on a team they are still fully professional?

    “Many of the players get $22,000 and maybe a little over.” – it’s a 6 month contract – that makes it $44,000 annualized. Are there many available jobs out there at that wage? The median household income in the United States is $46,326. That’s for a family – I know it sounds low – but it’s a fact. On top of that many of the players through host families get free housing too. So a 23 year old player is taking home a gross wage of about $3,667 a month with no rent to pay. Remember I’m using your numbers, not mine.

    If you are so negative and are filled with so much hatred why even bother following – find another league or sport to follow.

  8. Ben says:

    @Gary

    The owners started and are destroying their own product–Let me think………My answer is YES! Gary is this a strange concept in business. You have never heard of people starting businesses they shouldn’t be running? I wonder why so many businesses fail?

    This group of owners: This is the term i would use for them-Narcissism!

    Gary-Do you know the schools that many of these players are graduating from? I believe many of them would be earning more then $25,000 a year and also they would be building a career. Oh wait in your world if you earn $25,000 for half a year that equals $50,000. So Lebron makes 32 million a year??? Did you use this concept with your employer now? So a kids gets a contract for $25,000 and needs to support themselves at the teams location. After the season they go home and need to support themselves now plus still train. Not easy and you can’t spend fictitious money.

    Gary playing at this level is a full time -year long commitment. They should be paid for a year just like every other pro player in other leagues. You cannot just stop playing and training when the season ends.

    Gary I like discussions but I don’t like to be talked down too. I have no idea how you became a GM with very little elite level soccer experience. But because someone gave you that position doesn’t make you a person with the answers. Respect others and respect the fact you may be having a discussion with much more experience then you.

  9. Ben says:

    @ Steve this is constructive. The league was started to fast and didn;t have all of the proper pieces in place. There is a reason many sports leagues do not let certain want to be owners buy in.

    Sometimes constructive criticism is the things people don’t want to hear.

  10. Gerry Marrone says:

    @Ben – you are hysterical. Reading is fundemental – my name is Gerry, not Gary.

  11. Ben says:

    Gerry I am sorry that I wrote Gary.

    But again it seems like you like to talk down to people. Tell me does your 13 years of being a dad coach give you that ego? Reading your twitter it seems that you carry this same”All Knowing attitude.”

    GerryMarrone Gerry Marrone
    Does anyone else find it interesting that a WPS coach is boasting about his team and he won one game last year?

    Gerry why would you post that? I would hope all coaches talk with confidence about their teams. You are here as a cheerleader for the league and you are ripping on a coach that is building a positive attitude for his team. Why bash him?

    Gerry do you take responsibility for your coaches actions while he worked under you?

  12. Ben says:

    @Beau

    Accept my apologies.

  13. Gerry Marrone says:

    Ben – of course I take the responsibility – good and bad. Understand that when Ian was the coach – he was also the GM – I was the VP of Sales & Marketing. However, after Ian was terminated and I was asked to be the GM by the owners I took the job very seriously and I believe we won a championship. If you back to all the press at that time you will also see that I took NO credit for that victory in the press or anywhere else – I was part of a team. Likewise, the next season we made a mistake in the coaching selection, and again I took the blame for it – she simply was the wrong choice – a choice that I made. I never pretended to be anything other than what I am – a businessman with a love of the game. I played college soccer, coached youth soccer for many years and was a league and club administrator. Feel free to say anything you would like to say about my background.

    As far as twitter posts go – my understanding of social media is you are free to state your opinion openly – you as a reader can also choose to ignore whatever others say. The particular tweet you refer to is my opinion – as a coach of a club that won one game last season I feel it would be more prudent to wait until you actually accomplish something before you start to boast about what a great line-up you have – especially since the majority of all the new signings will only be available for 8 games of the season. Perhaps he should call Tony DiCicco and ask him how that worked for him last year.

    As far as my all knowing attitude – if you don’t like what I say don’t follow me, don’t read what I say – its as easy as changing the channel. Of course I can do the same to you – isn’t America a great place to live? Many of the people who follow me happen to enjoy the honesty with which I post. I have always been someone who simply tells it like it is – but clearly from many of your comments you don’t want to hear that. SO I would suggest you just tune me out.

  14. Beau Dure says:

    Hey folks — can we tone it down a little, please?

  15. Gerry Marrone says:

    Happy to Beau – can you let me know what part of my past post you are bothered by? Feel free to email me – gerardmarrone@verizon.net

  16. Beau Dure says:

    Nothing in particular — it’s just turning into a back-and-forth that’s getting astray.

  17. Diane says:

    @Ben – While I like a good discussion, I don’t feel you really read what I say. I did not say WPS pays a living wage. I did differentiate between pro as in pay and pro as in play.

    I’m in agreement w/Gerry on this one. If you are so down on WPS and really don’t see it succeeding go follow WLeague or WPSL.

    No new league gets it right first thing out of the gate. I give the owners lots of credit for undertaking a launch even though I don’t agree with how they’ve done it sometimes.

    I won’t be answering any more of your question here, my horse has died.

  18. Steve K says:

    @Ben – I can’t resist a last gasp attempt to convert you (back) to a supporter. Your posts demonstrate a passion for womens soccer, so I have to believe you want some sort of high-level league on your home soil.

    I understand that you don’t like how the current owners are handling things, but at least they’re sticking thru this mess and footing the bill. I believe that, as the league grows, new owners will have an influence (hopefully positive) on how it’s run.

    My point is, in order to get from what we have now to what you would want, we might as well leave it to those who are willing and able to own a team in such a venture. I’m guessing it’s better than starting from scratch, partly in terms of potential loss of fanbase and most certainly in terms of ownership experience.

  19. Ben says:

    Steve sad day for you but this just proves that without leadership you have nothing. Let me add honest leadership and people that have soccer experience. Soccer is loaded with self proclaimed experts. Just look at how soccer wont look at Basketball and Football in developing their sport. They would rather follow the English way. When did England when their World Cup and how have they lost control of the Premier League. But they talk a great game!

    Soccer needs to wake up and stop being so damn arrogant.

  20. Steve K says:

    @Ben: Thanks for the sentiment, Ben. One question… do you drink? Much of what you have said is like a mountain stream. There are some nuggets in there, but the rest is unintelligible drivel.

    @Diane: Still think Dan should have a team? The other owners should have played nice?

    This nonsense makes me so angry I could spit nails. Borislow is a pathetic excuse for a human being. He should be put in stocks in a public square… in DC, preferably. He never cared about the girls, or about the effect of supporting a national team. The team was a marketing platform targeting a desirable demographic of WPS fans.

    I really hope the world gets a chance to discover what a monster this guy is. Then maybe his MagicCrap business will die and he won’t have a cent. At least then he couldn’t afford to ruin another sports team.

    The other WPS owners were in a no-win situation: continue to live with ongoing damage (ref.: Puma) caused by an ignorant buffoon; or disappoint players and fans by folding. I don’t envy their position.

    Hopefully, the cancellation of the season doesn’t stop the five teams from playing.

    Go away, Dan. Please. Maybe we will forget what you’ve done here… in time.

  21. Ben says:

    @Steve

    Why is it that so many WPS fans are just plan stupid? You really think one man and one team folded this league? The league was never ready to go when they started,
    The Marta Contract
    The National Team Players Salaries
    The Coaches Salaries
    No Market
    Abusive Coaches
    Team Travel exp
    Firing your commissioner
    Fan average under 3,000
    Puma Contract
    Lack of sponsors
    on and on

    No Steve I do not drink WPS Kool Aid–Tell me what you do not agree with..

  22. Beau Dure says:

    You know the salaries? Can you tell me?

  23. Diane says:

    @Steve – Yes, I still think he should have a team. If he can find teams to play against and players that will play for him, why shouldn’t he? I’m still waiting to hear more input, but I have to tell you, so far I don’t think he’s the only villain. Everyone is looking for someone to pin the blame on, DB isn’t the only culprit here.

  24. Ben says:

    Beau you are in the mix..Tell me I am wrong.

  25. Ben says:

    Oh Sorry Salaries…..Average player and some better then WNT players $22,000-$26,000 — WNT $50,000 and up- Marta $400,000 -Some coaches 6 figures.

    what ya think? Right?

  26. Beau Dure says:

    Not quite sure. I’ve heard a couple of contrasting estimates.

  27. Gerry Marrone says:

    Diane – did you read the Ella Masar blog – which was then supported by a teammate – Amanda DeCosta and followed-up by a “not so bad” or “not as bad as others” by Karina LeBlanc? If after reading this you feel that Dan Borislaw should be anywhere near a professional team than you really need your head examined. Maybe you would be OK with your boss asking you to call him “Daddy” and withholding medical treatment.

    Beau – in terms of your salaries – Some were much lower – as low as $12,000. Not all national teamers were at $50K, and in fact very few were above $50K. Marta is correct – but in all honesty we don’t know what Magicjack was paying. I do know that at least one players had their salary doubled from the prior year to last year by Dan. NO coaches were in the six figures last year – none.

  28. Gerry Marrone says:

    One final thought – remember these salaries for the players are for a 6 month term – so annualized even the $12,000 players were making $2,000 a month. The $50K works out to be $8,000+ a month. Many of these players also got free housing. Considering the median household income in the USA in 2011 was $49,445 according to the USA Today. That’s household income, not per person. It’s also median – half higher, half lower. That income is a hair over $4,000 a month – no free housing or 4 hour a day workday.

  29. Beau Dure says:

    Thanks Gerry. I had a feeling the coaches weren’t in six figures, but it wouldn’t have surprised me too much if someone had barely scraped past $100K if they were also heavily involved with building the team. I’ve heard a couple of magicJack numbers that were absurd.

  30. Beau Dure says:

    I’m not that wild about the six-month idea, though. Getting another job for those other six months might be a challenge, particularly in these economic times.

    That said, if I were 24 years old, I’d live in my parents’ basement for the other six months if it meant I could play pro soccer. And most of these women are far more industrious than I am.

  31. Gerry Marrone says:

    I agree and disagree. The other six months they can train teams or do camps/clinics. My son makes $125-$150 for a 90 minute training session working at a club in NJ training U9 boys and girls. The pro players can easily, and I mean easily, do the same thing – while living in their parents basement – or their old bedroom. Many to most of the players are also college educated – since their off season is during the school year they can also substitute teach – that’s $75-$100 a day in NJ. I also know several players – Jenni Branam and others that were doing their work in their field – Physical Therapy and parlayed their professional athlete status into jobs. Many of the owners have other businesses and if asked would help players find jobs in the off-season if they would stay in market.

    And finally, a decent portion of the players also play on national teams – USA and others where they get an additional salary and all their travel paid for.

    I’m not saying it’s perfect – there is massive room for improvement – but it isn’t a bad lifestyle for young athletes to chase their dreams and get paid.

  32. Ben says:

    Last year I do not know what coaches were getting paid but when the league started they were in the 6 figures. Stop with that 6 month crap. Unless you have a family that can help you or a good off season job it doesn’t work.

    If a player makes $23,000 for 6 months they should be making $46,000 for a year. Should they just play for six months and then do nothing? Wow they would have a one season pro career. No wonder the league is gone with this type of thinking.

    What did you pay Mr Foudy? And what did Tony D get??$125,000

  33. Gerry Marrone says:

    Ben, sorry but I disagree – it’s a 6 month job. If you’re a lifeguard on the beach for three months are you expected to not work for the other nine? They have plenty of opportunity to earn money the other 6 months – that’s what can be afforded in the case of women’s soccer. What do you think happens in all the other women’s leagues in the world?

    As far as the coaches – you are right – year one they were paid too much – Mr. Foudy was the GM and Head Coach – doing two jobs. I replaced him doing one job and another head coach was hired.

  34. Gerry Marrone says:

    As another means of comparison look at teachers. My son is a new teacher in NJ – one of the highest paying states in NJ for teachers. He earns $40,000 for a ten month job – he doesn’t get a check in July and August. During those months he works soccer camps and tutors to make ends meet.

  35. Ben says:

    beau:: any articles coming out on your take of the WPS ending?

  36. Beau Dure says:

    @Ben – There’s so much more to be written that I hardly know where to begin.

    @Gerry – I understand, but at the same time, there are financial hardships incurred. Among other issues — a six-month lease generally costs more per month than a 1-year lease, so living with a host family for six months isn’t quite the same as cutting someone’s rent money in half.

    All that said, you’re right that isn’t THAT bad a deal for six months. Almost all players made more playing women’s soccer last year than I made writing about it, at least, which is how it should be.

  37. Ben says:

    Beau:

    Just make sure its honest and direct. Lets take off the kid gloves and forget they are women. They do not want to be treated like little girls. They are pro athletes. It seems like all the coaches-GM’s-Owners all want to treat them like lil girls. It really is insulting to women athletes the way they are treated.

    Owners: You are in it to make money. Don’t act like you are a savior to the sport of women’s soccer. Trust me many many coaches were disgusted by the league. It was not hard to see who was hired and why. If they wanted what was best for soccer they would have involved the best. The best is not always household names.

    The Players: How hard did they work off the field to sell the league. Some clinics? Not enough. Many thought they were entitled to a league.

    Market: In the day of entitlement we know that women are not entitled to a pro sport. There is a tiny market for women’s soccer. It will be a under 5000 fan base for games. The game is not exciting. If you want shock and awe you watch men. The smaller market will appreciate the true sport of soccer with the women and how they have mastered the game.

    Combine the WPS/ WPSL/and the W/league. Have a pro/am league. Some teams will be better then others but hey at least you have the opportunity to have teams all across the country. Come up with a fair salary cap and a working schedule. Start in March and play to the End of July. You can even make two levels. You can have a D1 and D2. D1 plays a earlier -longer schedule and D2 shorter. But you have cross over games to secure more games and excitement.

  38. Steve K says:

    @Ben – First, let me apologise for my tone in that last comment. I had just read the Ella Masar blog (that may be obvious). Prior to that, I had been somewhat narrow-mindedly blaming Dan for the 2011 WPS troubles. Now, I am sure of it and on top of that, I hate the guy.

    Having made my excuses for improper language, I have to say that I still disagree with your position (for the most part). I’ve added some short comments on your points:

    You really think one man and one team folded this league? – I firmly believe that the WPS would be able to hobble thru 2012 with 5 or 6 teams, all the while gaining popularity, if not for one man.
    The league was never ready to go when they started, – patience
    The Marta Contract – 50% paid by Puma, but yes too $$$
    The National Team Players Salaries – need to keep them in their sport
    The Coaches Salaries – have to attract decent talent
    No Market – patience
    Abusive Coaches – Like Dan, you mean?
    Team Travel exp – all teams currently in NE US, but yes, the USA (and Canada) is a big place and travel poses a problem in all sports
    Firing your commissioner – mistakes were made, no question
    Fan average under 3,000 – patience
    Puma Contract – was working well until Dan pissed them off
    Lack of sponsors – patience

    Your second-last paragraph is complete BS. I’m not sure which women you’ve seen play. I agree that it’s a different game than the men’s version, but there’s no lack of excitement. And especially for fans, one quirk of the women’s game is that scores average a little higher… and what’s more exciting than another goal?

    In your last paragraph, we finally agree. I like what you say about the semi-pro leagues. The W-League and WPSL currently cover a large territory and have the potential to work out D1 and D2 leagues, if that would be beneficial and if they can work together. Who knows, they could even incorporate a system of promotion and relegation.

    However, sponsorship won’t be so easy to acquire, especially with less media coverage. So, I still believe that there is a place for a pro league, showcasing the best of the best. And soccer is probably the one sport that can capture enough support … with a little patience.

  39. Ben says:

    Steve its not BS and the facts back me up. I have coached the game for 20 years. I love the women’s game but in know why does it touch the excitement of the men’s game. You act like I am insulting the women’s game. I am not in any way. You have to be able to really know the women’s game to truly love to watch it and that’s not the American sports fan. To be successful you need crossover fans.

    The market is small—Remember Pro means entertainment!!!

  40. Ben says:

    (in no way) correction for-in know why

  41. Steve K says:

    @Ben – I really think you’re selling the ladies short here. I’ve watched the Canadian Women’s National Team at every opportunity (thank you CBC and Sportsnet) and I also follow those arrogant Englishmen regularly (KTBFFH). It’s sad that we still allow ourselves to see the world as run by men for men and somehow women are just some sort of accessory.

    I can say that the women’s game can be fast-paced, physical and technically superb. Last year’s Women’s World Cup and the more recent Olympic qualifiers showcased some awesome women’s soccer. The top four nations at the WOQ were truly exciting to watch. There is great soccer here. The US and Canadian teams were outstanding and most of these girls are playing in the WPS.

  42. Diane says:

    @Gerry – Players can’t have it both ways, they are either adults capable of signing contracts and being professional athletes or they are little girls needing someone to watch over them. I am sure Ella Masars’s experience was a nightmare for her, but at every turn she had a choice to make. Her choices did not serve her well. She did not deal with Dan as a professional, but as a little girl. Dan is an ass when it comes to interpersonal relationships, that is blindingly apparent and that translates into him being an ogre of a boss. Ella’s story brings up many questions as to why she chose to handle her situation like she did, she didn’t say and we’ll never know and the same goes for Dan. Being an ass dealing with people doesn’t disqualify anyone from owning a team. As long as other will work with him and for him, he has the right.

  43. Steve K says:

    @Diane – Are you serious!?!

    This type of sexist boss is inexcusable in any situation, but in an environment that is all about the women … it’s just criminal.

    Many of these young women have never had a full time job. Ella didn’t act like a child. She acted like a young person being directed by someone older and in a position of authority. She just wanted to play her sport. On top of that, she was part of a group comprised of some of the best in the world. Anyone would have a hard time walking away from that.

    I agree, she made a few unwise decisions, but her motivation is pretty clear.

  44. Diane says:

    @Steve K – Is Dan sexist? Probably. Were his actions harassment? I’m sure the player’s union and the state of Florida have ways of assessing that.

    At every step of her story Ella had misgivings about her situation. And each time she chose to go along with things the way they were. We have all been young and made errors in judgement and trusted people who may not have given us the best advice. I believe her youth and inexperience may have played into her misunderstanding of some of the things that happened to her. I am not excusing bad behavior, I am trying to understand how all this alleged behavior happened, supposedly to more than one player, witnessed by many others and no one, not the player’s union, parents, friends, coaches, teammates, or the league itself did anything more than tell Dan he couldn’t coach the team.

  45. Gerry Marrone says:

    Diane – you can’t possibly be as naive as you sound?

    The Players Union is nothing in the league right now – they don’t even have a collective bargaining agreement in place, so they are powerless. I think their lawyer is volunteering her time – but I could be wrong on that one.

    The state has no standing unless a case is brought, and clearly Ella didn’t go to the police.

    I would ask you one thing – when is no, no? If a women goes to a hotel room of a man and then says no, is it no? Or is it her fault for putting herself in that position?

    If you can’t see the hold that Dan had over these women than you are blind. The highly paid “stars” that Dan refers to clearly didn’t have the backbone or integrity to do the right thing – and they have to live with that. The lower paid “non-stars” were victims. If they had agents and told them what was going on then they should have done something. You want them to call their parents and have them get involved? That is possible – at Sky Blue I used to talk to a couple of dads of the players to make sure they were comfortable.

    I would simply ask you – what does Ella have to gain by writing her blog and lying? She has a contract at a great club in France and wasn’t coming back to WPS – why lie? Now, ask the same question of Dan?

  46. Diane says:

    @Gerry – First off, I did not say that Ella lied, ever. I am sure that to her, things happened exactly as she said. What I did say was that her inexperience may have played into a misunderstanding of some of those things.

    Second, “when is no, no?” I am offended that you would equate what you think Dan did with sexual assault. Sexual assault is a very serious crime. Of course if a woman says no in your scenario, it means no, period. Taking someone to dinner instead of to a plastic surgeon is hardly the equivalent. With no context given I am not even going to assume it was meant in any other way than as someone who takes care of you, to do otherwise would be irresponsible.

    Third, Ella said she went to the league attorney to inquire about her options after Dan spoke to her, it is not far-fetched to think she may have also been included in the grievance that was filed. I believe that was filed by the Player’s Union. So, not only did she have an opportunity to speak to one attorney, but two. If she even mentioned any of this I’m sure they would have pointed her in the right direction, even if they were prohibited from advising her directly.

    Dan is no Svengali and to assume that all these players have nothing but money as their motivation and would not do the right thing because of it, is ludicrous. There are many sides to every story and I will not condemn anyone after only hearing one side. I am not naive enough to believe just one side.

  47. Steve K says:

    Did anyone see this earlier this week? http://es.pn/wADiNw

    ‘The WPSL on Monday [Jan.31] invited all five WPS teams to take part in an “elite division” this season.

    MagicJack, which was booted from WPS last year after repeated conflicts with owner Dan Borislow, contacted WPSL on Friday about fielding a team,[WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli] said.

    “If the other five accept, we won’t take magicJack,” he said’

    (Take that, Dan.)

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