The apparent reason for the termination of MagicJack FC is really simple - the owner is a raving nutter who refused to promote the team, cooperate with the league, or even hire a coach. He basically bought the Washington Freedom franchise in order to have a personal play-toy. WPS can't afford that luxury right now.
However, WPS was prepared to carry on with Dan Borislow. It's not like there wasn't a philosophy at play... no promotion, no game ops, practically no service to fans or media or community, just throw every last cent into player contracts. Interesting tactic if you can get people to notice.
The thing that tipped the scales, if a USA Today journalist on Twitter is to be believed...
...someone wants to put a team in Connecticut.
Another problem with leagues like the WPS is having single-entity ownership or one owner for the league selling operating rights, the way the MLS is on some of its teams.
One owner of a league controls everything unlike a commissioner who basically is an employee to the team's owners.
Is this the death knell to WPS? Down to 5 teams, no real tv contract, teams not drawing fantastic, etc.
A shame, as some of the best women's soccer talent in the world plays in these leagues.
Need some major sponsorship and in economic timeslike these, fringe leagues suffer.
If WPS wasn't able to make inroads after the 2011 Women's World Cup, they never will on their own. The reality is that women's soccer isn't going to work in the USA above club level unless MLS adopts it and finds teams willing to support women's teams as part of their overall product. Even then, the last couple of decades have proven that American sports fans are aggressively apathetic toward women's sports, in general.
http://www.pitchsidereport.com/2012/01/ ... #more-2804
http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/ ... ee-seasons
Reading between the lines, it appears that the end of the league may be part of the settlement of the magicJack FC lawsuit.
It's likely that what I wrote back in January will be the only way out for women's soccer -- if MLS doesn't adopt women's soccer in North America, it has no top-level future.