February 22, 2012

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WPS, Borislow suspend legal battle with stunning compromise deal for exhibition matches

18 Jan, 2012

By Charles Boehm

Women’s Professional Soccer and maverick owner Dan Borislow reached a shocking compromise on Wednesday, agreeing to suspend Borislow’s lawsuit against the league and schedule a series of exhibition matches between Borislow’s magicJack team and their former counterparts in WPS over the next two years.

A year ago the telecommunications magnate bought a controlling interest in the Washington Freedom from John and Maureen Hendricks, moved the team to south Florida and renaming it magicJack after his signature product.

Although he stocked his team with U.S. Women’s National Team standouts like Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and other elite players, the outspoken Borislow and his tiny staff neglected many of the basic responsibilities of a pro club and clashed repeatedly with league officials, who eventually terminated the franchise after the close of the 2011 season.

Borislow took WPS to court in Florida in an effort to stop that move, and secured a victory in that effort last week when a judge upheld important aspects of his complaint. But now it looks like he’ll have the chance to gather his star-studded squad again for about 15 exhibition matches over the next two years.

"It was a win-win-win here," said Borislow in an email to veteran soccer journalist Beau Dure, who originally broke the surprising news on ESPNW. "I won, the league won and my team won. The fourth win is actually the fans and soccer.

"It's a great way to showcase a lot of the United States' talent," Borislow added. "It's a really good day for soccer. It's a huge thing for South Florida. Other than watching the [U.S.] girls beat Brazil [in the Women’s World Cup], this would have to be my second-best soccer day."

[ +Read Dure’s full ESPNW story here ]

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