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Eileraas resigns from WPS post

WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas is stepping down from her position as of Sept. 18. The league plans on hiring a new CEO sometime in September.

The move comes after a season of highs (record attendance numbers) and lows (public legal squabbles) for WPS. In a statement, Eileraas said it was time for her to make the change for family reasons.

“I will deeply miss working with this great team, but I also look forward to the opportunity to devote more time and energy to family and to other interests that my new role will afford,” she said. “With the progress made by the league this season, now is the right time for me to make this move.”

The move comes as WPS enters another offseason filled with planning and question marks. First and foremost for the league is determining which teams will play in 2012. The Boston Breakers are in need of investment to continue operating and the future of magicJack still remains questionable. Potential expansion teams in Connecticut and the D.C.-area are on the table, but those teams would need to be finalized in the next 4-6 weeks.

Eileraas’ replacement will be tasked with managing expansion as well as a busy 2012 schedule that includes the Olympics in late July and early August.



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