MagicJack owner follows up his dumb lawsuit against Boing Boing with a dumb lawsuit against Women's Professional Soccer

Ever wonder what became of Dan Borislow, owner of MagicJack, who sued us unsuccessfully when we pointed out the insane terms of service accompanying his flagship product? Me neither. Turns out that he's still being, um, flamboyant. Saul sez, "Borislow is now bringing his special kind of havoc to Women's Professional Soccer. Last season was hard for WPS, teams folded, and they seemed desperate for owners who had financial stability. Borislow bought the majority interest in the Washington Freedom, moved them to Florida, and then started to flout league rules. He's been fined, his team has had a point deducted from the standing, he made himself coach, and had his players (including Women's World Cup heroes Abby Wambach and Hope Solo) file a grievance against him. He's now apparently filed suit to keep the league, which is feeling stronger because of the popularity of the World Cup, from terminating his franchise. The press release from the league, which is what the link points to, has to be one of the most extraordinary documents produced by a professional sports league against one of its owners."
Mr. Borislow has failed to honor his commitments to the detriment of the League, our players and our partners. 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. Now, Mr. Borislow has filed a baseless legal action against WPS. The League is not intimidated by Mr. Borislow's unfounded claims and will not tolerate his mistreatment of players and flouting of the rules...

"It is disappointing that rather than run a professional organization and partner with his fellow owners, Mr. Borislow has chosen to threaten the League by filing this action," said WPS Board Chairman and Atlanta Beat Owner, T. Fitz Johnson. "All of us at WPS are involved in this business because we love the sport, we are committed to our incredible athletes and fans, and we know that there is a permanent place in sports for the women's professional game."



  1. Magic Jack also have USWNT’s Boxx, Rampone and Tank Girl – I mean, Rapinoe.  They’re the starriest team in WPS.  Would love to see them play in NY at Red Bull stadium.  How much can a WPS franchise cost?  Anybody want to go in on it?

    1. The team cost isn’t going to be as bad as renting out Red Bull Arena, that’s why the NJ team (shout out to Sky Blue!) plays at Rutgers.  Someone’s gotta pay for that 200 million dollar stadium and Red Bull doesn’t plan on it being them.

  2. If I became an owner of a magic jack, could I sue anyone as long as it didn’t make sense except to be irritating?   Would I still need to pay $1.70 a month while the suit traversed the legal system?

  3. Stop hating on Dan Borislow.  All he wants to do is revamp the WPS into a showcase for the female half of the breeding stock of our future soccer stars.

    We can win the World Cup a generation down the road, ya know — all we have to do is breed up a master race.

  4. Seriously, women’s soccer cannot catch a break.  Every time they seem to start getting on solid ground something ridiculous, or in this case, someone ridiculous, comes along and makes things more difficult.  As the daddy of a soccer player who tells me all she wants to do is play soccer for the rest of her life, I hope this gets sorted out in the next few years.

    1. She’ll be just fine.  At the rate things are going in the US she may have to play in another country, but she’ll still be able to make a living at it.  WPS is not headed for disaster because of one owner the same way that women’s soccer didn’t fail when Mia stopped playing.  And even if it does fail there will be another league.

  5. Apparently you CAN make a living just by pretending to know about law and being a gargantuan jerk. Fascinating.

  6. NPR’s Only A Game just covered Mr. Borislow and the Magic Jack. Here are some of the tidbits:

    – A call to the team results in a message that the number has been disconnected
    – A Miami sportswriter reports that she got a call from a Dolphin’s VP desperately trying to find a way to contact the Magic Jack because the Dolphins wanted to honor the Women’s World Cup players at a Dolphins’ game

    and, last but not least

    – The team does not employ a trainer, so when they played Boston last week, Magic Jack players asked the Boston staff if they’d do things like tape ankles. Sure, said the staff, where’s your tape? They don’t buy tape, either.

    Oh, and the Magic Jack have made the playoffs.


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