WUSA shuts down

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  1. nsa

    nsa Member+

    New England Revolution; Boston Breakers
    United States
    Feb 22, 1999
    Notboston, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe some answers today???

    And folks thought that simply announcing a trade was distracting. ;)
     
  2. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    They rarely have a press conference to announce they're pulling the plug. And they certainly wouldn't do it before the World Cup.

    This is probably a bit of advertising the league to rich people right before the World Cup.
     
  3. Jo

    Jo New Member

    Jan 15, 2000
    Kansas
    Oliver didn't alert us to this. Where were his moles?
     
  4. Zealot

    Zealot New Member

    Apr 7, 2000
    Bloomberg News reports that they have decided to halt operations.
     
  5. MichaelR

    MichaelR New Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Philadelphia
    If they're announcing a new investor, let it be one for the Philadelphia Charge. If they're announcing a relocation, anyone but the Charge.
     
  6. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    I guess I'm wrong, then.
     
  7. Zealot

    Zealot New Member

    Apr 7, 2000
    Appears that way. Their source is Courtemanche himself, whom they interviewed. Teleconference still on for 4 pm with Lynn Morgan and John Hendricks.
     
  8. MichaelR

    MichaelR New Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Philadelphia
    Ouch. Let's hope Uncle Phil can pick up the torch.
     
  9. scejas

    scejas Member

    May 21, 2001
    Miami
    WUSA FOLDS

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The WUSA shut down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it didn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.
    The decision was made by the league's board of governors Monday at a meeting in New York. The Atlanta-based league planned an announcement later in the day, spokesman Dan Courtemanche said.
     
  10. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
  11. scejas

    scejas Member

    May 21, 2001
    Miami
    Wusa Folds

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The WUSA shut down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it didn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.

    The decision was made by the league's board of governors Monday at a meeting in New York. The Atlanta-based league planned an announcement later in the day, spokesman Dan Courtemanche said.
     
  12. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Duplicate thread, and the hasn't "folded". I'm sure if a white knight is found during the WWC, it would start back up, otherwise it will then "fold".
     
  13. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Triplicate thread.
     
  14. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    this S U C K S ! ! !

    and once again i say... they couldn't have picked a better time to announce this - well done a$$monkeys!
     
  15. FlashMan

    FlashMan Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    'diego
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Semantics aside, it is a disaster.
     
  16. da_cfo

    da_cfo New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    San Francisco CA
    The timing has caught many of us by surprise.

    Most of us thought that the plug would be pulled on a Friday sometime AFTER the Women's World Cup.
     
  17. copaantl98

    copaantl98 Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    A terrible nightmare.
     
  18. XYZ

    XYZ New Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Big Cat Country
    Threads merged

    The timing of the announcement is interesting.
     
  19. jgoal5

    jgoal5 Member

    Apr 4, 2001
    LV-PA
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    WUSA SUSPENDS OPERATIONS

    NEW YORK CITY (Monday, September 15, 2003) - The Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) announced that it is suspending operations effective immediately. The decision was made by the league's Board of Governors at a meeting today in New York City as a result of insufficient revenue to support a fourth year of play.

    "A shortfall in sponsorship revenue and insufficient revenue from other core areas of the business proved to be the hurdles which the WUSA could not overcome in time for planning the 2004 season," said John Hendricks, Chairman of the WUSA Board of Governors. "At this time, let me thank the great WUSA sponsors led by charter sponsors Hyundai and Johnson & Johnson who did step forward to enthusiastically support our league since inception."

    WUSA President and CEO Lynn Morgan commented, "It's been very gratifying to watch this league elevate women's sports to a whole new level of awareness and respect. I would personally like to thank the WUSA league and team employees, the passionate WUSA fans, our investors, and the wonderful athletes who compete in this league for their commitment to soccer and women's athletics."

    The WUSA's owners have invested more than $100 million to date to fund the league. The decision by the WUSA Board of Governors to suspend operations was made after reviewing revenue commitments for 2004. Of the WUSA's potential revenue sources, the breadth of corporate sponsorship has been the greatest disappointment, reaching less than half of the levels anticipated in the league's original business plan.

    WUSA's current cash reserves in combination with receivables and planned investment financing are not sufficient to continue operations. The WUSA Board met and acted today in order to protect funding for the league's shutdown obligations including severance arrangements. The Board was also anxious to avoid the potential disruption caused by continued uncertainty during upcoming World Cup play. The Board was unanimous in the belief that, given the financial realities facing the league, it was in everyone's best interest to make an immediate decision and announcement.
    -MORE-
    WUSA SUSPENDS OPERATIONS FOR 2004 - September 15, 2003
    Page 2

    The league was formed as a unique partnership between the owners and the players, with founding players taking an active role in league management and also an equity stake. Julie Foudy, captain of the San Diego Spirit and U.S. World Cup team and a member of the WUSA Board of Governors, commented, "We appreciate the wonderful commitment that the WUSA owners have made to the players. The impact of the WUSA on women's sports and millions of fans has been extraordinary."

    "The Women's World Cup will provide a platform to generate additional interest in women's soccer that could be the catalyst to more sponsor support to revive the WUSA," Foudy continued. "The positive impact our sport has had on youth players, both boys and girls, and their perception of women and athletics, has been inspiring to experience first hand. It is empowering for kids to have role models like the players of the WUSA."

    "The players remain hopeful that more sponsors will recognize the value of associating their brands and products with the wholesomeness of the WUSA," Washington Freedom forward and U.S. World Cup team member Mia Hamm said. "Major sponsors committed to bringing back world-class women's soccer could enable a successor league to launch in 2005 or perhaps even earlier."

    Featuring the best women's soccer players in the world, WUSA athletes include 56 WUSA players who will compete in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States that kicks off September 20. The eight WUSA teams are the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Carolina Courage, New York Power, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit, San Jose CyberRays and the Washington Freedom.
     
  20. BillQ

    BillQ New Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Chicago, IL
    Re: Threads merged

    I'm shaking my head at this. Just days before the WWC begins and they announce today that they are shutting down. I think that the way they handled this announcement is, in a nutshell, why WUSA failed.

    Bill Q.
     
  21. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    why in the hell would they announce this before the cup?

    jesus, no wonder this league folded...they have a bunch of half-brains running the thing.

    and i don't buy the whole "they did it to find a sponsor during the WWC" bit...
     
  22. FlashMan

    FlashMan Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    'diego
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    does this mean we have to listen to oliver gloat for the next 72 years?
     
  23. jgoal5

    jgoal5 Member

    Apr 4, 2001
    LV-PA
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
     

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