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More On Athletica’s Folding (Updated)

From an actual reporter on the ground, and not just bloggers and fans who let the hurt blind them to simple explanations, we get this from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Tom Timmerman.

The different fates for the men’s and women’s teams happened because of different decisions by their leagues.

The WPS board of governors, which had considered taking over the Athletica, decided “the operational hurdles and finances just didn’t work out,” commissioner Tonya Antonucci said. With no funds available for the team’s debts and its ongoing payroll and operations, the Athletica folded.

Meanwhile, U.S. Soccer, which administers AC St. Louis’ league, looks headed toward reaching a deal for providing necessary funding. That deal to keep the team running through the rest of the season, and possibly beyond, could happen next week.

WPS is sexist, obviously. They must hate women if they didn’t opt to fund the team the rest of the way, right? I mean, it can’t be anything simpler than that, amiright? Couldn’t just be “operational hurdles and finances,” could it?

It’s simple when you’re angry to lash out and ignore the simple solution. But in things like this, Occam’s Razor usually comes into play.

EDIT: More from the Alton Telegraph’s Pete Hayes here, including this interesting tidbit:

“Even though the Vaids could have breached their contract, Cooper can’t just start putting his own money back into the club. If he did, that could be a breach of contract on his part. He could try to get a court order allowing him to fund the teams while looking for an investor, but arbitration is required first. But for arbitration, both parties need to be present. Without the Vaids, that’s going to be difficult.”

That’s a bit beyond me, but I don’t have much of a head for contract law. How true that is, we don’t know. But if it’s true, does that change anyone’s opinion of Cooper?

5 Responses to More On Athletica’s Folding (Updated)

  1. […] led to a retort from Kenn, and a comment from Wendy that “Women’s sports will never grow — and grow up — as long […]

  2. You know what? I actually have lost respect for you over this. All it apparently takes is someone to disagree with you and you go full blast with the ad hominem attacks on every single web interface you can find.

    Despite the fact that I have listened and attempted to engage in rational discussion with you every step of the way. Despite the fact that my post was (for the most part) well thought out and researched. Despite the fact that I publically recognized the shortcomings in my argument on sexism, amended my post, apologized to you, and offered to expound upon my reasoning.

    Despite all that, I’m just a blogger who lets the hurt blind me to simple explainations, and I’m just a coward who hides behind anonymity.

    You should listen to your own advice. Get over yourself.


  3. Welcome to the Kenn zone.

    Look, I like Kenn’s writing as much as the next guy, and I think he makes some cogent points. I was one of the religious listeners to Four At The Back.

    He does, however, have this tendency to fly off the handle when anyone contradicts him. He’s like Colin Cowherd with more of an attitude problem at times. He also has a tendency to think the rest of us are mouthbreathers (especially regarding promotion/relegation), but that’s a separate issue.

  4. 1 – Chase: I don’t have a problem with dissenting opinions. In this case, it’s in the delivery. I didn’t appreciate the way Sigi delivered his dissent to my opinion, mostly because I DO respect him and his work. I didn’t think that was fair. The other thing that irks me is when people with no qualifications in a certain area act as if they do. And, yes, the proles are mouthbreathers – at least the ones who haven’t thought it out, don’t recognize the reasons why it can’t be done and refuse to listen to reason. So out come the blunt force instruments.

    2 – Sigi, I apologize. I haven’t seen or read where you amended anything or apologized. If you did, I accept that and apologize as well. But your original point of view was decidedly spiteful. I’m sorry I reacted the way I did.

  5. Jeff Cooper never told the league that he sold off Athletica, so they were just as blindsided as their players were.


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