Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 3 – Securing a Television Contract

By:  Kaitlyn Kacusta, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @KRKacsuta) The new women’s league as a whole, if it follows the MLS model, can hopefully contract a national television rights deal that makes sense and generates revenue.  Though this may be a lofty goal, it is not out of the question given the recent viewer ratings of the Women’s National Team and the visibility of its players … Continue reading Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 3 – Securing a Television Contract

Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 2 – The Business Model

By:  Kaitlyn Kacsuta, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @KRKacsuta) MLS has utilized a unique business structure since the late 1990’s, one that establishes the league as a single entity, rather than a unity of various ownership groups who agree to play together.  In this way, MLS controls significant aspects of the league: a strict salary cap, no debt, and a right to approve any financial transaction … Continue reading Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 2 – The Business Model

Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 1 – The Basics

By:  Kaitlyn Kacsuta, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @KRKacsuta) We have been down this road before.  Actually, we have been down this road twice before – once with the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), and more recently, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).  Now, members of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team are hoping to capitalize on the recent success and increased viewership from the 2011 World Cup … Continue reading Building a Professional Women’s Soccer League: Part 1 – The Basics

Teams Incurring Big Fines Due to Fan Behavior During Euro 2012

By:  John Fabiano, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @Fabs5180) Teams Incurring Big Fines Due to Fan Behavior During Euro 2012 Usually when a team is disciplined in soccer it comes in the form of a yellow or a red card, but the Euro 2012 has witnessed numerous teams receive hefty fines not due to the actions of the players or coach, but rather the fans that … Continue reading Teams Incurring Big Fines Due to Fan Behavior During Euro 2012

The Fall of the Women’s Professional Soccer League

By:  Danielle Blanchard, Ruling Sports Intern (Email:  blanc123@mail.chapman.edu) After just three seasons, the Women’s Professional Soccer League has folded. In January, the league cancelled the 2012 they hoped to return by the next season. Although it isn’t exactly clear what led to the league’s fall out, sources say that the lawsuit between the WPS and ex-owner Dan Borislow were major factors in the fallout. In … Continue reading The Fall of the Women’s Professional Soccer League