Month: April 2018

The $500,000,000 (Soccer) Pyramid

Out of the ashes of the scorched-earth legal proceedings involving the North American Soccer League, the United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer comes a glimmer of a path forward. I shouldn't overstate this; it barely qualifies as spark at this point. But as first reported by Brian Straus and Graham Parker and later released by the New ...

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PSV/MLS File Reply in Motion to Stay Discovery

Reply briefing is always a bit of a funny thing. It's typically a rehash of arguments made in your original motion. There is a good reason for that; reply briefing is required to be narrow in scope. You have to limit the reply to responding to what the other side wrote in their response. If ...

NASL Amends Anti-Trust Complaint Part IV: Claims, Causes and Prayers

You can read Part I here. You can read Part II here. You can read Part III here. I've been preoccupied with the #SaveTheCrew happenings, but lest we forget, the business end of the NASL/USSF drama is about to pick up. The motion to dismiss (or answer to the amended NASL complaint) from USSF was due on ...

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Enjoy Your Weekend, Ahead of a Big Week

Hope everyone is enjoying lots of soccer and nice(ish) weather. Big week ahead with the plaintiffs' response to PSV/MLS motion to dismiss, and the Status Conference scheduled to happen midweek. My updating will be somewhat sporadic, as I'll have my Munchkin all week (thoughts and prayers appreciated 😬😁), so I'll be juggling that as well ...

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Sounders Practice Notes [04-27-18]

Note: This is becoming something of a weekly feature I suppose. I'll make it a goal to get out once per week, but no promises. A decidedly more overcast day than the last two days here in the Seattle area, as I made my way out Starfire in Tukwila to watch the Sounders practice. A ...

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A Little (Crowdsourcing) Help For My Next Assignment: The Stadium/Lease Project

Note: As this is a crowdsourcing effort, please share/promote this post through the usual social media outlets. I'm also happy to share credit for those who help me through a shout out on Twitter or elsewhere. Thanks! So this...is going to be a long one. What I'll be looking to do over the next few ...

PSV/MLS Hit Back Hard; Oppose Motion to Toll Six-Month Purchase Period

Anyone hoping for an amicable solution to the #SaveTheCrew fight is going to have to wait for a while. That shouldn't particularly surprising; we are in the middle of a lawsuit after all where the end result could be the end of a sports team in a city that has called them home for over ...

SaveTheCrew: City and State Work Together to Fight PSV/MLS on Discovery Issue

Aside from the battle over the motion to dismiss filed by PSV/MLS, I think it's fair to say that the biggest argument in the immediate future centers over the issue of discovery. I'm not going to get into discussing much about discovery as a general legal process (you can read about it here); consider this story a "201" ...

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Enjoy Your Weekend, and Some Words of Thanks

I considered spending today digging around the Delaware State website to find information about the MLS corporate structure, but I quickly realized that sounded like a terrible way to spend a Saturday. So I decided to get outside, enjoy a nice drink and cigar, and watch some soccer. Good for the soul. Hope you're enjoying ...

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Pint After Podcast

Enjoyed being on the Pint After Podcast show with the guys. We took a break from discussing the #SaveTheCrew matters to get caught up on the USSF/NASL happenings (the USSF/MLS motion to dismiss is due today). Fun conversation; give it a listen! https://soundcloud.com/thepintafter/into-the-coutroom-with-miki-turner

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SaveTheCrew: Punch-Counterpunch

No rest for the weary. On the heels of PSV/MLS finally filing their motion to dismiss, comes news from the plaintiffs who have filed several motions with the court. No word if these documents were leaked to a newspaper in Seattle. A quick summary: Motion to Compel Discovery: Plaintiffs had previously sent PSV/MLS interrogatories and requests for production, which ...

PSV/MLS File Motion to Dismiss Modell Lawsuit

The moment we've been waiting for has finally...belatedly...arrived. Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer have finally filed their motion to dismiss the Modell lawsuit. The brief is, as expected, 25 pages and cites a number of constitutional arguments for dismissal. As the brief cites a number of arguments for dismissal. It's probably just best ...

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SaveTheCrew: Countdown to Nothing

Wow, what a day. I wasn't sure I was going to write anything about what happened, because, what can you say? Though Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer had previously telegraphed that they were filing a motion to dismiss, the various interested parties had been waiting with bated breath to see exactly what was the legal ...

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Attorney Pettiness Scale for Filing/Serving Documents

Whenever there is a deadline to file and/or serve documents, you can always measure the pettiness/animosity of one of the parties by what time they file their documents and serve them on the opposing party. This is especially true when you know the party has long since finished drafting the paperwork (this obviously excludes the ...

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A(nother) Quick Trip to Sounders Practice

It was too nice of a day outside, so why not make another trip out to watch the Sounders practice. This was the first practice of the week since their 2-2 tie versus Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Here are just a few notes I observed. Injured players on the mend: With the exception of Jordan ...

SaveTheCrew: Interesting Notes in Plaintiffs’ Interrogatories & Requests for Production

The timing of the letter sent by PSV/MLS on March 16, which outlined the position of the defendants as to the "notice" issue, struck me as odd at the time. I noted in that March 19 story that I assumed whatever was sent by the Plaintiffs was what sent PSV/MLS scrambling to send out that letter: We now know ...

SaveTheCrew: PSV/MLS Files Motion to Stay Request to Provide Discovery to Plaintiffs

Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer previously provided a hint into their strategy to fight the lawsuit, when they requests leave to exceed the local page limit requirements as they prepare to file their motion to dismiss. Now they are asking that a stay be entered that puts a hold on the plaintiff's request for discovery. ...

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Endgame: Oral Argument Set in Appeal re: Proposed David Beckham Overtown Stadium Site

Even though David Beckham seems to be focusing elsewhere to build his Miami MLS franchise, the parties still continue to fight over the Overtown site, where Beckham purchased sufficient land to build a stadium (but not the amenities that the ownership group wants). Well, we've got an endgame set for that; oral arguments have been set for ...

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Enjoy your weekend! [Lots of Pics]

I'm over here on the other side of the mountains in Wenatchee, for my Munchkin's fifth birthday party. I have to say I killed it gift-wise. If you are looking for a reasonably priced gift for kids, two words: Walkie Talkies. Kids went absolutely nuts for them. For $20, it's hours of entertainment.

SaveTheCrew: PSV and MLS Prepare to File Motion to Dismiss [Updated]

And now we know what's coming. Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer have tipped their hand, requesting leave to file a Motion to Dismiss which exceeds the page limits allowed by local rules. We can thank the local rules for getting this preview of the argument from the defendants, as briefs that will exceed ...

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