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WPS Terminates magicJack Team, Ending Bickering With Club Owner Borislow

WPS did not elaborate on BOD's decision to terminate magicJack franchise
WPS decided it was “pulling the plug on Boca Raton-based magicJack on Thursday, ending months of bickering between the league and club owner Dan Borislow,” according to Hal Habib of the PALM BEACH POST. The league in a statement said its BOG voted to terminate the franchise "after careful consideration." WPS “didn't respond to repeated requests for elaboration on why the six-team league eliminated” the club. Borislow on Thursday said, "Normally, you go through due process before you announce a death sentence. It doesn't make any sense they would announce this this morning." magicJack included several “key players" who led the U.S. to second place in this summer's Women's World Cup, including G Hope Solo and F Abby Wambach. Borislow said that he “will continue to be involved in women's soccer.” He said he is working on "something I think would be a lot better for me and a lot better for soccer and the community" (PALM BEACH POST, 10/28). In Miami, Michelle Kaufman notes WPS and “some of the team’s players, accused Borislow of not meeting league standards of professionalism.” The team, which reached the semifinals of the WPS playoffs, was “docked a point in the standings for not complying with league rules regarding facilities, marketing, signage and sponsorship” (MIAMI HERALD, 10/28). Borislow in an e-mail wrote, “I could not persuade most of the other Governors and the league for what I thought the priorities of the league should be.” He added, “The league continues to cause permanent damage and now taken away our ability to even sell the franchise, all without due process. MagicJack and myself will do everything we can to help our Women bring home the Gold next year [at the London Olympics]” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/27).
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