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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The South Florida franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer has been docked a point in the standings and a draft pick for not meeting league standards.
The league said Thursday that magicJack’s violations included not providing game footage for other teams to scout. The WPS had been handing out increased discipline to the club for three weeks for problems such as not having a regulation-sized field or sufficient stadium capacity and not managing the team website.
The club lost its third-round pick in the 2012 draft. It had already forfeited its fourth-round selection and been fined as earlier punishments. Future penalties could include losing the right to host a home playoff game.
This is the first time in the three-year history of the league a team has been docked points and draft picks.
MagicJack is one of six WPS teams. The club is 3-0, two points out of first place after the penalty.
The former Washington Freedom franchise was bought before the season by Dan Borislow, founder of magicJack, which allows customers to make phone calls through their computer’s broadband connection. He moved the club to South Florida, where it plays home games at Florida Atlantic’s soccer field in Boca Raton, Fla.
Borislow has also owned thoroughbreds. He sent out Talk is Money in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, but the horse was eased in the stretch and finished last in the 17-horse field. Toccet was his best horse, winning the Champagne and Hollywood Futurity in 2002, but was injured the next year and didn’t run in the Derby.
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