What They're Saying: Attorneys for Olivia Moultrie

“Ms. Moultrie would be eligible to play in MLS if she were male, would be able to play in France if she were French, etc., stretching throughout most of the international soccer world. Ms. Moultrie is in the wrong country, and the wrong gender, to take advantage of her soccer precocity. And illegally so.”

--Attorneys Joshua Sasaki, Max L. Forever and Eric R. Mills of the firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in the lawsuit K.C. Moultrie filed on behalf of his 15-year-old daughter, Olivia Moultrie, in U.S. District Court in Portland seeking a temporary restraining order and a ruling declaring the NWSL's "Age Rule" unlawful so she can sign a pro contract and play in the women's pro league. Olivia Moultrie moved to Portland in 2019 to train with the Thorns. She signed an endorsement deal with Nike and retained the Wasserman Media Group to represent her. (Oregonian)
8 comments about "What They're Saying: Attorneys for Olivia Moultrie".
  1. Wallace Wade, May 5, 2021 at 8:47 a.m.

    I wonder if this legal argument "opens the door" on Male players suing Collegiate Programs? 

  2. Victor Mathseon, May 5, 2021 at 1:11 p.m.

    A couple easy answers here. First, if there is a certified union representing the players in NWSL and this union a CBA where they have agreed to an age limit, Ms. Moultrie has no case. This is known as the non-statutory antitrust exemption to antitrust and is a fundamental piece of labor law. This is why the NBA, for example, can require players to be one year removed from high school to join the league.

    Aside from that, I presume age restrictions on jobs are generally legal, and in fact the Fair Labor Standard Act prohibits employers from hiring workers under the age of 18 for hazaradous jobs, which professional athelete certainly could be. It also severely restricts hours for workers under the age of 16, so that the minimum I would be very reluctant as an employer to hire a 15-year old player. 

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, May 9, 2021 at 8:32 p.m.

    Except Men's MLS signs them at 15.??? ... Why can't the Women.??? Sounds Sexist for me... Especially, when we know that Females Mature earlier than Men... They can actually start Earning Money at their age of Physical Maturity, Not just their "Legal" Arbitrary NWSL age.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, May 9, 2021 at 9:16 p.m.

    I think I read on another article, there is No Union and therefore No CBA... Of course the Women on USWNT have a Union... but Not NWSL players ... So, only Thing Stopping her, is Arbitrary rule by NWSL.

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, May 9, 2021 at 9:33 p.m.

    Seems upon further Investigation, there is a Union, but I couldn't find anything on CBA.

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, May 9, 2021 at 9:36 p.m.

    Not sure my Post Stuck... They do have a Union, but no CBA

  7. R2 Dad, May 6, 2021 at 12:15 a.m.

    Tilting at windmills here. She would have better luck trying to find a relative with roots in the EU so she can get a passport, since you can sign at 16 in Europe. Alas, it doesn't appear she's really that advanced. The highlight reel shows her to only have a right foot. She doesn't have the speed and/or quickness the Nats want, so may not get many caps aside from the U teams. Hope she finds her path.

  8. beautiful game replied, May 7, 2021 at 9:22 a.m.

    No question that her technical abilities, efficacy, and soccer IQ are at a very high level. Barcelona academy would be a perfect development fit for her.

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