The Boca Raton-based MagicJack team of Women's Professional Soccer has been in South Florida for just one year.
Thanks to an owner who makes Mark Cuban look like a saint, WPS has announced that the league plans on ending the franchise at the end of the season, leaving 21 footballers -- six of whom played for the United States in the World Cup -- without a team.
That owner, Dan Borislow, has had a hard time controlling himself since bringing the team here from Maryland earlier this year and renaming it after the product he invented, MagicJack. After proving himself about as annoying as the MagicJack television commercials, Borislow was banned from the sidelines of his own team's games by the league last month.
Now that WPS plans to end the franchise, it's sparked a legal battle between Borislow and the league.
"Mr. Borislow is asking a Florida court to bar the League from exercising its right to terminate his franchise at the end of the season for breach of his contractual obligations," a news release from WPS says. "No such entitlement exists under League contracts, and Mr. Borislow's many contractual breaches more than justify any decision by the League to terminate his franchise."
The league has just six teams, and the termination of MagicJack would bring it down to five. But WPS says it's not putting up with Borislow's "mistreatment of players and flouting of the rules."
"Mr. Borislow has failed to honor his commitments to the detriment of the League, our players and our partners," the league says. "From unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills, Mr. Borislow's actions have been calculated to tarnish the reputation of the League and damage the League's business relationships."
Borislow issued a response effectively calling the league a bunch of liars and saying that WPS threatened to eliminate the team at the end of this week, not the end of the season.
Either way, it's a sad reason to dismantle a team that gets plenty of fan turnout at its games, operates in a market that enjoys women's soccer, and has two of the biggest stars in the game -- Hope Solo and Abby Wambach -- on its roster.
The team plays tonight against Sky Blue FC at the FAU soccer stadium.
You can read both Borislow's and the league's statements in full here.
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