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No WPS in 2012; women's league hopes for 2013 return

  • AP, Monday, January 30, 2012 1:19 PM

The Women's Professional Soccer league's Board of Governors voted Monday to suspend the 2012 season with hopes of resuming in 2013.

After its third season, WPS shrank to five clubs in October when it terminated its South Florida franchise after clashing with owner Dan Borislow all season. AP reports that 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. This is something that needs to be resolved before we can move forward with play."

Borislow's 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."

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