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Borislow ExhibitF

Borislow ExhibitF

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Published by Beau Dure
espnW story (mine) on new WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan, used in Borislow motion to establish that O’Sullivan had stated publicly that the league was working to resolve dispute with him, Oct. 19
espnW story (mine) on new WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan, used in Borislow motion to establish that O’Sullivan had stated publicly that the league was working to resolve dispute with him, Oct. 19

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Wednesday,October19,2011
NewWPSbossJenniferO'Sullivanreadyforkickoff
ByBeauDure
JenniferPogorelecO'Sullivandidn'tgrowupplayingsoccer,norhassheheldaleadershiprolewithasoccerteamororganization.YetthenewCEOofWomen'sProfessionalSoccerhasrelevantexperiencetodrawupon.SheworkedfortheArenaFootballLeaguewhenitfaceddifficulttimes,withatinystaffandownerspullingindifferentdirections.AfewmonthsafterO'SullivanstartedattheAFL,theindoorfootballleaguecalledoffthe2009seasonanddeclaredbankruptcy.Theemployeesweredismissedandtopbossesquit."Ibecameoneofthelasttworemainingemployees,"saidO'Sullivan,whowastheleague'svicepresidentoflegalandlaboraffairs.SheworkedoutofaNewYorkofficewhileanotheremployeeworkedoutofChicago,stickingwiththeleagueuntiltheassetsweresoldandtheleaguewasrelaunchedoutofanofficeinTulsa,Okla.ComparedtotheAFL'syearofinactionandbankruptcy,theWPSpictureenteringitsfourthseasonseemsdownrightrosy.Andyetalittlefamiliar.Thefrontofficeismostlyvirtual,andownersarestillseekingthebestwayforward.O'SullivansoughttheWPSpositionforthechallengeofworkingthroughcomplexissuesandhavingahandinallaspectsofleaguebusiness."WhatIlovedaboutmyjobattheArenaFootballLeaguewasbeinginvolvedinallaspectsoftheArenaFootballLeaguebusiness,"O'Sullivansaid."...TheNFLhastheirlaborlawyersandIP[intellectualproperty]lawyers--everyoneisverysiloedinthebiggerleaguesinwhattheyfocuson.AttheArenaFootballLeague,wedidn'thavethatluxury,soyougetthrownintoeverything.Weworkedineveryaspectoftheleague'sbusiness."
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There'stremendousopportunitytobeapartofsomethinggreaterandlarger--topromotesoccerinthiscountry,topromotewomen'ssoccer,toprovideaplacefortheseverytalentedwomentoplayisimportant.
"--JenniferO'Sullivan
Andshe'swillingtogothroughitagain?"I'mwillingtogothroughitagain,"O'Sullivansaidwithalaugh."There'stremendousopportunitytobea
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in
thiscountry,topromote
women's.soccer,
toprovideaplacefortheseverytalentedwomentoplayisimportant."It'sextremelyimportanttoprovidethatinspirationalandaspirationalboostforyoungwomeninthiscountry."ButO'Sullivandidn'tcometoWPStoimposetheAFLIMLSbusinessmodel.ShehasnotyetspokentoMLScommissionerDonGarber,whoasformerheadofNFLEuropesharesO'Sullivan'sbackgroundinnontraditionalfootball,thoughshehopestoshareideassoon.Fornow,O'Sullivanistacklinghernewchallengeoutofahomeoffice,occasionallycheckinginattheNewJerseyofficesofWPSteamSkyBlue.WPS,bornintheBayArea,wentwithoutaphysicalofficelastyear,andO'Sullivanexpectstotravelagoodbittocheckinwithteamsandfans."Withinthenextyearorso,I'dliketoestablishsomephysicalspaceforus,particularlyhereontheEastCoast,whichIthinkmakesmoresenseforusbeingthatweareprimarilyanEastCoastleague,"O'Sullivansaid."Ithinkwe'llretainsomepresenceontheWestCoast,aswell."WestCoastfans,though,willlikelyneedtowaitatleastanotheryeartohaveateam.Thebulkofexpansiontalkhasshiftedfrom2012to2013,thoughO'Sullivanandtheownersareholdingthedooropenalittlelongerfornextseason."There'sanoutsidechancethatmaybeonegroupmaybeabletocomein,"O'Sullivansaid."Buttherearealotofmovingpartswhenyou'retalkingaboutbringinganexpansionteamin.We'reoperatingunderacompressedtimeframeinordertobepreparedfor2012."ThatexpansionwouldmostlikelybeinConnecticut.TerryFoley,formergeneralmanagerofthePhiladelphiaIndependence,announcedMonday.onhisTwitterfeedthathehasacceptedatechnicaldirectorpositionwithanewConnecticutfranchise,"assumingtheyjoinWPSin2012."IndependenceownerDavidHalstead,reachedbytextmessage,ravedaboutFoleybutcouldn'tyetconfirmthatConnecticutexpansionwasadonedeal."Theyareastrongcandidate,butweareworkingwiththegrouptoconfirmentry,"Halsteadsaid.Evenwithoutexpansion,O'Sullivanexpectstheleaguetocontinuewiththesixteamsithadin2011.ThatincludesmagicJackandownerDanBorislow,whofeudedwiththeleagueandwenttocourtoveraproposaltobeginterminationproceedings."Danverymuchwantstobeapartnerinthisleague,"O'Sullivansaid."We'reworkingwith
him
onaninternalresolutionofissuesthattookplacethispastseasonandworkingtowardabetterunderstandingofhowoursixownerscanworktogetherforthebettermentoftheleaguegoingforward."TheotheroffseasonquestionmarkhasbeenBoston,whichhasbeensearchingforanewmajorityinvestor.Whiletheteamhasnotannouncedaresolution,ithasproceededwithnormaloffseasonbusiness,sellingseasonticketsandre-signingplayers.Lastyear,thesixWPSteamstookseveraldifferentapproachestotheirbusiness.BorislowandmagicJackwerethemostextremeexample,devotingverylittletomarketingandsigningasmuchtalentaspossible.LikeBorislow,theexpansionWesternNewYorkFlashloadedupontalentedplayersandprominentlyadvertisedtheowner'sprimarybusiness:Sahlen's,ameatcompanyknownmostlyforhot
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