MagicJack (WPS)

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Founded2001 (as Washington Freedom), relocated 2011
Dissolved2012
Ground FAU Soccer Field
Capacity1,200
Owner Dan Borislow [1]
Manager Abby Wambach
League Women's Professional Soccer
2011 WPS, 3rd

MagicJack, stylized with the first letter in lower case as magicJack, was an American professional soccer club based in Boca Raton, Florida. The team competed in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for one season until legal challenges caused the team's owner, Dan Borislow, to be banned from the WPS, which folded in 2012.

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History

Freedom era

In 2001, magicJack was founded as Washington Freedom, a team of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). The Freedom were the only team to continue as an organization after WUSA folded, first playing exhibition games, then joining the W-League. The Freedom were a founding member of WUSA's successor, Women's Professional Soccer. In 2011, the team was purchased by Dan Borislow, owner of the phone tech company MagicJack, renamed, and relocated to Boca Raton, Florida.

Washington Freedom

Washington Freedom was an American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The Freedom was founded in 2001 as a member of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association. Beginning in 2004, the Freedom played its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex. In 2011, the team relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and became magicJack.

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First season

Team magicJack players at midfield. August 2011. MagicJack at midfield.jpg
Team magicJack players at midfield. August 2011.

The team opened its 2011 season with three wins, and was the only team with a perfect record for the first month of the season. Despite this, coach Mike Lyons was then dismissed, beginning a long period of coaching controversy, while both Borislow and Christie Rampone functioned as team coach at various points. During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, magicJack lost in a WPS-record 6-0 defeat, falling to the Philadelphia Independence.

The 2011 magicJack season was the club's first year of existence under the moniker "magicJack". Prior to the franchise purchase and relocation, the team had been playing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area under the name "Washington Freedom". Including the Freedom's history and records, this is magicJack's eighth season of existence.

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On July 22, 2011, Abby Wambach was named as magicJack's player-coach for the rest of the season. [2] The team was the visiting side when the Western New York Flash of Rochester (Wambach's hometown) set the new WPS league record attendance of 15,404. [3] MagicJack ultimately finished third in both the regular season and the playoffs.

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Battling with the league

In the waning months of the season, Borislow sent an e-mail to his players telling them that WPS was threatening to terminate the team before the season was over, and he filed a suit in Florida courts. The league denied this accusation, and agreements were made for the suit to be dropped. [4]

On October 25, 2011, the Women's Professional League Governors voted to terminate the franchise, [5] accusing owner Dan Borislow of violations ranging from "unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills." WPS also stated, "Mr. Borislow's actions have been calculated to tarnish the reputation of the league and damage the league's business relationships." [6] All players were able sign into new teams when free agency started on November 9, 2011.

Dan Borislow American entrepreneur, sports team owner and thoroughbred horse breeder

Daniel Marc Borislow was an American entrepreneur, sports team owner, inventor, and thoroughbred horse breeder. Borislow was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Widener University. In 1989, he founded Tel-Save, Inc. to resell access to AT&T long-distance lines. Borislow took the company public in 1995, and two years later brokered a $100 million deal with AOL at the "Cafe Europa." In early 1998, Tel-Save had sales of $300 million and was valued by Wall Street investors at $2 billion. However, due to the financial strain of paying off the AOL deal, Tel-Save lost $221 million in 1999, and Borislow sold his stock for approximately $300 million and retired.

Forward Ella Masar was the only magicJack player to publicly condemn the team owner, Dan Borislow, accusing him of mistreating players, including her. [7]

Exhibition team

Borislow again filed suit in Florida courts; on January 10, 2012, the judge ruled that the league could not terminate the team's franchise without following its own procedures, and a hearing was set for the following week. [8] Before adjudication resumed, WPS and Borislow reached another deal, this time allowing Borislow to keep his team as an exhibition team, guaranteeing magicJack at least seven games for each of the next two years, one at each of the WPS teams' home grounds and two in Florida. [9] This quickly became moot as the WPS announced on January 30 that it was suspending the 2012 season; on May 18, 2012, the league ceased operations. Borislow died in 2014.

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References

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  2. "Wambach hired to coach her pro team".
  3. "WPS benefits from Women's World Cup".
  4. "Timeline of Dan Borislow's dealings with WPS". ESPN. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. Boehm, Charles. August 3, 2011, nationalsoccerwire.com, "[Seeking to "terminate his franchise," WPS fires off new shots in escalating battle with Dan Borislow http://www.nationalsoccerwire.com/news/460/14219%5B%5D]". Accessed June 27, 2012.
  7. "Magic Trick", ESPNW, http://www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/8336849/why-hope-solo-abby-wambach-back-magicjack-owner-dan-borislow-espn-magazine, accessed November 27, 2017
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