[WPS] The feuding between Women's Professional Soccer and Dan Borislow, owner of South Florida-based magicJack,
continued Saturday when the league announced it had imposed sanctions on Borislow for breach of contract and inappropriate behavior. The announcement came two days after the league had docked unbeaten
and untied magicJack a point for failing to comply with league regulations and followed several outbursts by Borislow, who said in one interview the
league was "infidels" and he doesn't "do deals with organized crime," and in another interview that
WPS was dying and he was doing his best to keep it alive and encourage girls "not be lazy cupcake eaters."
WPS and Borislow have been at odds over magicJack's failure to comply with various game management policies. As a result, the league said it will contract directly with vendors for field boards and match video systems so that the team can meet obligations and will bill the team.
"Women’s Professional Soccer is committed to be the premier women’s soccer league in the world. WPS has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate measures to protect the integrity and future of the league and our brand," said CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas. "When Mr. Borislow purchased an ownership interest in the Washington Freedom, he bought an organization with existing obligations to the league and others. All owners and teams must comply with the league’s operating guidelines, which represent the commitment of WPS and its owners to a high standard of quality and professionalism. WPS has offered the team ample time, options and assistance to ensure that all league standards were met. To our disappointment, the team has failed to meet these standards, and instead of working with his partners to address those failures, Mr. Borislow has chosen to make public statements that reflect a blatant disregard for the truth and are damaging to the best interests of the league. In penalizing the team, WPS has not acted without cause or precedent, and has only taken the action necessary to enforce the regulations of the league."
Borislow had responded that he has been unable to upload the videos and he had a dispute with the signboard vendor over the price and was hoping to resolve other issues.
"I refuse to be a zombie and do things just because the league says,” Borislow told the Miami Herald. “The league is dying, and may not even be around next year, so I am doing what I can to keep it going. The league is overlooking the important thing, which is that we are attracting girls to come watch women’s soccer. We are reaching girls, encouraging them to play soccer and not be lazy cupcake eaters. I’m not trying to make money at this. I’m doing it because there’s a place for women’s soccer and, hopefully, we can work out our differences with the league.’’