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NASL Amends Anti-Trust Complaint; Adds MLS as a Defendant (Part I)

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 to amend the complaint based on newly ...

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MLS and Anthony Precourt Put Columbus on Notice

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 lawyers get paid by the word, after ...

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2018 US Open Cup Gets Some Upgrades

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 positive development is the increase in the ...

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All’s Quiet on the #SaveTheCrew Front

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 to Austin, but also that a hearing ...

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Enjoy Your Weekend

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.  

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Start Your Engines: #SaveTheCrew Versus PSV Moving Towards Hearing

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 for asking some very probing questions. In ...

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NASL v. USSF: New York

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 on their actions allegedly conspiring to favor ...

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Podcasts

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 needed. Feuerstein's Fire #363: NASL Vs. USSF ...

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Columbus & Ohio Try to #SaveTheCrew

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. You can read a copy of the ...

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A Nice Monday Evening Chat About All Things Soccer

Feuerstein's Fire #363: NASL v. USSF Lawsuit Update Show No fireworks tonight, but there was what I thought was an engaging discussion regarding all things US Soccer at the lower divisions, which these days focuses mostly around the lawsuits filed by the NASL against the USSF. First up was the owner of the New York ...

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Monday Musings: So Many Questions in the NASL v. USSF lawsuit(s)

No, this won't be a weekly feature (at least I don't think it will), but with some time having passed since New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso's remarkable conference call, and with some time before we get more substantive documents in the various lawsuits, I figured I'd ask some rhetorical questions that I'd love answers ...

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Happy Sounders Matchday

I promise again to keep the Sounders posts to a relative minimum. But hey, it's the opening weekend for MLS and the Sounders. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Update: Well, at least the mimosas and the company were good!

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Welcome to Miami…Eventually. Someday.

Two stories I'd like to write about in the future are: 1) The suit filed by Riccardo Silva (owner of Miami FC which plays in the on-hiatus NASL) and Dennis Crowley (owner of the Kingston Stockade in the NPSL), as well as, 2) The various legal issues, which have been a thorn in the side ...

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Time Marches on: NASL and USSF Prepare for Next Battle in Anti-Trust Lawsuit

No time to dwell on the past. After denying the NASL's appeal of the District Court's ruling denying a preliminary injunction, the parties were required to come together within seven days to discuss the next steps of the case. This included setting a schedule to argue the USSF's motion to dismiss. We not only got ...

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Rocco Holds Court, and then Burns the House Down

Okay then. NY Cosmos Owner and NASL plaintiff Rocco Commisso just concluded conference call with reporters to discuss all manner of things happening in United States soccer. Commisso pulled absolutely no punches, leaving no doubt about his feelings about soccer in the US ("failed"), MLS ("phony") or the leadership of USSF (a "dog" of Don ...

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Putting Your Cards on the Table

We're about an hour away from New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso's conference call, where he will address the anti-trust suit, the New York state suit, the Cosmos' future and the USSF election, among other things. Rocco has held court with the press a few times, as far back as January 2017 after he bought ...

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San Diego 1904 takes its ball to USL, and sheds light (or confusion) on NASL escape clauses

This may be a bit of picking over the NASL skeleton, but the San Diego Union Tribune is out with a story confirming that San Diego 1904 will be joining the USL for the 2019 season, after the NASL cancelled their season. That's not particularly surprising of course. What I found a bit interesting was ...

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NASL v. USSF: Where We Are and What’s Next

With the news that Rocco Commisso, owner of the New York Cosmos (and chief protagonist in the various lawsuits against US Soccer) is scheduled to hold a conference call with the media tomorrow, we should be in for an interesting discussion as it pertains to these lawsuits. No word on what he will be discussing, ...

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Hello

I've decided to set up a blog where I can occasionally write longer pieces than what is allowed on Twitter (at least without having to write 32 separate Tweets). This blog will be mostly focused on news/analysis/opinion of various legal happenings in the Soccerverse. Mainly United States soccer, with a sprinkling of FIFA-based nonsense where ...

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