To mix my sports metaphors: We have a bit of hardball on the soccer pitch from the plaintiffs here. To briefly recap: The defendants filed a motion to dismiss this lawsuit back on April 20, 2018. Victory by the defendants would (likely) mean the case is dismissed. The plaintiffs filed […]
I blog mostly about soccer and legal issues. I graduated from the University of Richmond (1997) with degrees in Political Science, Journalism and Spanish (lapsed, alas).
I later graduated from California Western School of Law (2001) with a J.D., and after a break, have been practicing law in the State of Washington since 2003.
I'm a Seattle Sounders season ticket holder, and I enjoy traveling to away games. I have a munchkin who is almost 6; where does the time go?
David Beckham can’t seem to do more to signal that he no longer wants anything to do with building his MLS stadium in Overtown. Ever since he reached a deal on the land purchase nearly a year ago, the site has been plagued with one headache after another. […]
Proposed Community Benefits Agreement Between Port and FC Cincinnati Provides Insight into Expansion Future
It’s been a long, strange road in the expansion travels of FC Cincinnati. The history of the club is well-known to any soccer fan who has been paying attention. The club broke on the scene in 2016, with record and enthusiastic crowds that have yet to dissipate. Almost […]
SaveTheCrew: PSV/MLS File Appeal of Ruling; Argue Court Wrongly Granted Toll of Six-Month Notice and Compliance with Process for Sale
I had a feeling this was coming. Nothing about the action of defendants has indicated they were going to play particularly nice. In this case, PSV/MLS have decided that the ruling (which I understand came as a shock to them, and left them very upset) is a bridge […]
There are a couple of things I wanted to briefly comment on (but don’t necessarily warrant a full post at this time): GAMBLING: Chief among them, is the ruling from the Supreme Court this morning which has overturned the federal law on sports gambling. You can read the […]
We’ve had a pretty big change in legal strategy in the NASL v. USSF/MLS anti-trust case. As far back as October, USSF (then the only defendant) was angling to file a motion to dismiss the anti-trust case. That was put on hold while the parties argued over the […]
A short practice today, as much of the team was understandably still recovering from Wednesday night’s trip back from Toronto. Most of the starters were given much of the practice off, and got to leave early. Two bits of good news: Victor Rodriguez was out at practice, though […]
NASL Files Response to USSF Board’s Motion to Dismiss; Accuses Sunil Gulati of Improperly Persuading Board Member to Vote to De-sanction NASL
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 […]
If your idea of a fun Friday is pouring over motions in various lawsuits in the United States soccer universe, then May 11th is lining up as the best day ever. Assuming the parties comply with the scheduling orders/agreements, we’ll have no less than three motions set for […]
Stadium Lease Snapshot: Bridgeview and the Chicago Fire, and the Best/Worst Stadium Lease in the U.S.
Note: This will be a series I’m doing on lease agreements between local municipalities and MLS franchises. You can review some background on the issue here. The recently renamed “SeatGeek Stadium” is home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. The stadium opened in 2006 with the Fire […]
Whoa. The court came back with rulings from the Status Conference held last week. And boy…I wasn’t expecting this. I assumed we’d just get some scheduling orders with regard to when the motions would be argued. We got more than that. A lot more. Judge Jeffrey M. Brown […]
This is a story I’ve been waiting to write for long time. A long, long time. The documentation and legal pleadings have been nigh impossible to track down online, which made writing the story from a legal perspective quite difficult. I’m not particularly interested in rehashing the facts […]
A minor update here: The defendants in the Modell lawsuit have asked for a short extension to complete their briefs in the motion to dismiss, motion to compel discovery and motion to toll. These are all unopposed by the plaintiffs, so they’ll be granted in short order by […]
Well, the weekend is finally here, and looks like we won’t be having any last-minute legal issues to deal with. Hopefully everyone is able to enjoy their weekend watching soccer or hanging out with the fam and/or friends. If you’re traveling, or would like something to listen to, […]
The pleadings continue to come at a quick pace, with the City of Columbus and State of Ohio filing their response to Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer motion to dismiss the lawsuit. As a brief recap, PSV and MLS cited a number of legal arguments to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 😬😁), […]
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 […]