The responsive briefing from the NASL to the USSF motion to dismiss the Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit is in, and there are a couple of notable accusations. Primarily, New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso accuses Sunil Gulati of what I could only guess would be “improperly persuading” board members (Lisa Carnoy in particular) of voting to strip NASL of sanctioning, claiming that it would be in the best interests of the league. The alleged conversation took place on September 12, 2017, after NASL had been de-sanctioned.
If true, why Mr. Gulati would believe that would be the case is an open question. As is whether Mr. Gulati shared this reasoning with other members of the voting board, and whether he should have done that at all.
Further, NASL interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal accuses now-USSF President Carlos Cordeiro of essentially refusing to assist NASL with their future business planning after they were provisionally sanctioned Division II in January 2017.
Not only that, Sehgal alleges that in a conversation with one of the Board members, an outright admission was made that a number of other members made the decision to strip NASL of sanctioning without much consideration or deliberation at all.
There are a ton of documents to go through, but I thought I’d share those notable accusations right off the top. I’ll of course update as I am able to review these documents more fully.
[…] they alleged that then-president Sunil Gulati improperly exerted influence over the board to get them to vote against sanctioning, and that certain board members didn’t […]