Note: I’m going to end up breaking this up into two parts: The Facts (Part I) and the Law (Part II). There are seemingly more lawsuits than professional leagues in the United States right now, but US Soccer is looking to reduce that number by at least one. […]
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?
I decided that reading 400 pages of legal documents wasn’t a fun use of my evening. So: Wednesday night soccer! The great thing about lower division soccer is not being subject to some of the stringent rules you have to deal with at MLS games. Such as: SMOKE! […]
Well, that’s the last time I mock soccer and/or legal gods. The deadline was today for the US Soccer Federation to file their responsive documents in the New York State lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League, in which they alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the USSF board members. […]
It seems we can’t go more than a few days without drama in United States Soccer. With prospective cities dropping out of the running left and right to be hosts for the 2026 World Cup, we got word a couple of weeks ago that the three teams (effectively) remaining in the […]
I’m not going through the entire thing, but since I’m a Seattle guy, I filtered out the major Seattle portions of the bid book. No word if the bid includes the waiver of various human rights, as well as every parent giving up their first born child. Seattle Bid Book [PDF]
You can read Part I here. There’s likely to be a lot of news coming out this week in Lawsuit Land, so before I get overloaded between my actual work and whatever else happens, I figured it would be a good time to continue the story on the amended […]
Yeah, this isn’t good MLS, and can’t totally be explained by bad weather or a march.
Eat…drink…march. Do you. ✌🏾
Yeah, so this will probably be the last I write about this lawsuit. I wrote a story about three weeks ago, which outlined the basics of David Beckham’s eternal search for a stadium site in Miami, and the lawsuit holding it up. The tl;dr version being: Beckham had taken […]
Nothing earth-shattering here, but a couple of interesting procedural updates, in light of Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) and Major League Soccer (MLS) formally providing notice to the City of Columbus of their intent to cease playing at Mapfre Stadium in 2019, and also requesting bona fide offers for interested local […]
As I previously discussed, the NASL indicated that they would likely amend their federal anti-trust violation complaint. Well, they did that and then some, formally adding MLS as a defendant in the federal anti-trust case. This was not necessarily unexpected, as there was always the potential for NASL […]
Andrew Erickson just obtained a letter from PSV/MLS to the City of Columbus/State of Ohio (Friday evenings are for breaking/dumping news) regarding the lawsuit filed to prevent them from moving the Columbus Crew to Austin. Let’s dig in, shall we? We’ll go through this paragraph-by-paragraph: Your basic summary. We […]
Off the legal track for a minute, but it looks like there are some changes in store for the 2018 US Open Cup. The piddly prize amounts have been raised modestly, and there will be some changes made to the format. H/t to LeanZinger, who dug this out first. Another […]
This is a bit unexpected, though maybe not completely surprising. And things will probably change right as I publish this. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Counter Attack last week, that not only was he seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the move of the Columbus Crew […]
Here is a picture of a Prince cover band performing at a race track in Auburn, Washington I saw last night. It went about as you’d expect.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appeared on Counter Attack with Brian Dunseth and Tony Meola Thursday to discuss the lawsuit filed by the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio to preclude the Columbus Crew (PSV) from relocating, presumably to Austin, Texas. It was an interesting interview, and kudos to Brian and Tony […]
Much like the CSI enterprise, with multiple franchises littered throughout the television landscape, there are no shortage of lawsuits involving US Soccer. The New York case, filed by the NASL in New York State Court, alleges that the members of the US Soccer Board of Directors breached their fiduciary duties, based […]
I occasionally guest on podcasts, discussing legal goings on, as well as just talking soccer. We usually have some good informative discussions, so if you’d like to go back and listen to some of those appearances, I’ve created a page where you can do so. I’ll update as […]
The move many thought was coming finally happened this week, as the City of Columbus and State of Ohio filed suit against Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer. The goal: Prevent the Columbus Crew from moving to Austin, at least without complying with local laws in Ohio. […]