Women’s Professional Soccer suspends 2012 season

Women’s Professional Soccer won’t play the 2012 season amid a

legal dispute with an ousted owner.

The league’s Board of Governors voted Monday to suspend the

season with hopes of resuming in 2013, the WPS announced.

In October, it terminated its South Florida franchise after

clashing with owner Dan Borislow all season. A Florida judge ruled

earlier this month that the league failed to follow its own dispute

procedures when it terminated the franchise, and another court

hearing is set for Wednesday.

WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan said owners chose to cancel the

season over possibly working with Borislow in the league again.

”We have diverted so many resources into litigation,” she

said. ”This is something that needs to be resolved before we can

move forward with play.”

Borislow purchased the former Washington Freedom before last

season and moved the club to South Florida, renaming it for a

telephone call device he invented. The magicJack franchise was

repeatedly disciplined during the season 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.”

The league has played three seasons. It needed a waiver from the

U.S. Soccer Federation to be sanctioned as a first-division league

in 2012 with only five teams, below the required eight. In the deal

with the governing body in December, WPS agreed to increase the

number of teams to a minimum of six for 2013 and at least eight for


A longtime thoroughbred owner, Borislow was an outspoken figure

in horse racing but sold most of his stable because of a dispute

with the IRS.

O’Sullivan was not yet CEO when he was approved as an owner, but

she acknowledged the vetting process might have been hurried.

”I do think the league at the time was in a situation where

they were in a bit of a rush,” she said.

With the Olympics this summer, the league’s absence could give

national team players more time to train together even if it means

fewer games for them to play. The attention paid to the Olympics

would have been valuable marketing for the WPS during the 2012


The league’s predecessor, the Women’s United Soccer Association,

folded after three years.