Women’s Professional Soccer suspends 2012 season amid legal dispute with former owner
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) has announced today its plan to suspend the 2012 season amid an on-going legal battle with former magicJack owner Dan Borislow, whose Florida-based team was terminated in October after a season full of clashes with the league. Borislow purchased the former Washington Freedom before last season and moved the club to South Florida, renaming the team for a telephone call device he invented. The magicJack franchise was repeatedly disciplined in 2011 for not meeting league standards;. In August, after Borislow filed suit against the WPS, the league released a statement accusing him of violations ranging from "unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills."
A Florida judge ruled earlier this month that the league failed to follow its own dispute procedures when it terminated the franchise; another court hearing is set for Wednesday.
Today in an official press release, WPS CEO Jennifer O'Sullivan stated the unfeasibility of moving forward with the 2012 season while many of the league’s resources are tied up in litigation.
"We firmly believe there is a place in the global sports landscape for Women's Professional Soccer," she said. "Making the decision to suspend the 2012 season was a difficult and painful one, but it is necessary to take the time to address current issues and solidify our business in order to provide appropriate support needed to achieve the League's long-term goals. Those that take part in our League - players, partners and fans - deserve the best, and that is what we are taking the time to ensure we deliver when we resume play in 2013 and beyond."
The stunning announcement came no fewer than 24 hours after the U.S. Women’s National Team pounded Canada, 4-0, and WPS star Abby Wambach moved into second position on the all-time leading scorer’s list during the final of an Olympic qualifying tournament in British Columbia. WPS has expressed its desire to return for the 2013 season with remaining clubs the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash.