YAHOO SPORTS' Alanis Thames noted progressiveness is a "focus of the new XFL, starting with its front office." The L.A. Wildcats' Heather Brooks Karatz and N.Y. Guardians' Janet Duch are the league’s "two female presidents." The XFL will also "attempt to construct an inclusive officiating staff by providing opportunities for women and minorities." Access is also a focus of the league, as Karatz said that her team will "allow fans to be closer to coaches and players than they would be in other leagues" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/21).
INDEPENDENCE DAY: The AP's Anne Peterson noted U.S. Soccer's management agreement with the NWSL "will come to an end" at the end of this year, which could "potentially give greater control to the league's owners and a more hands-on approach to growth." The USSF currently "pays the salaries of the national team players and has also invested considerably in the league, and that support is not expected to end" (AP, 8/22).