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 whole.
Dan Borislow’s motion for a temporary injunction is morphing into a motion to enforce “The Deal.” Many readers believe “The Deal” was never finalized. Borislow’s legal team argues most vociferously that it was.
(Sorry I’m not embedding the document this time — these two combined would probably break my blog. Here’s the Motion to Enforce Settlement.)
The second document — Declaration of Louis S. Ederer (Borislow’s attorney) — is enough to make you wonder when and how this case will ever end.
As I say in the story, one revelation here is that the league’s laundry lists of accusations against Borislow (you remember — the stuff Deadspin called “The Angry Emails That Helped Cost Boca Raton Its All-Star Pro Soccer Team”) was basically ignored by the court to this point. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised, given that the court has thus far limited itself to the termination procedures. But this was brought up early, when the league was trying to get the case dismissed. The league says back in its opposition to Borislow’s original motion that it’s a bit rich for Borislow to point to these agreements after (according to the league) breaching his own responsibilities so many times.
I say “according to the league” because Borislow denies all this. He firmly believes the league had no reason to dismiss him.
And I should clarify one thing from the previous post on this matter. It wasn’t Borislow’s business plan to say “Nah, I’m not going to buy sign boards because I’m putting the money toward players.” The sign-board disagreement is more about Borislow’s objection to his lack of TV games and some related disputes.
So from all this, we have a bunch of questions I’d like to throw open to my civil, thoughtful commenters:
1. Who’s joining the four teams already announced for the WPSL elite division?
2. There’s no sanctioning problem with that division, right? Right? (Shouldn’t be — WPSL has had pro teams in the past.)
3. Which players will be around to play for these teams?
4. What’s the deal with “The Deal”? Can Borislow compel teams to play him in 2013 if they return to WPS as scheduled?
5. What did U.S. Soccer say about “The Deal,” when did they say it, and to whom did they say it?
6. Why such an insistent discovery process over the suspension of the 2012 season, which neither party apparently believes is a violation of “The Deal”?
7. What’s the way forward from this?
Comment away …