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This week WPS  terminated the magicJack franchise, leaving the league with a total of five teams.  The team roster wasn’t short on high-profile names; including USWNT members Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, and Megan Rapinoe and WPS rookie of the year Christen Press. After leaving the D.C. area, the fans and community of this team are once again without someone to cheer for. The league again goes through turmoil in the off-season. With magicJack gone, where does that leave the players, the fans, and ultimately the league?

The chat  will look for your thoughts on the impact to the players, the fans, and the league with the closing of magicJack.

Q1: The Players

  • What happens to the high-profile players?
  • What options do the players have outside of WPS to play?
  • Does this make other professional leagues more appealing to players?

Q2: The Fans and Community

  • Where does this leave the fans of the team?
  • What impact did the team have on the community of southern Florida?
  • How does this impact the soccer community?

Q3: The League

  • What impact does the closure have on the league’s brand?
  • What does the league need to do in order to bounce back?
  • What message is the league sending by the closure of magicJack?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

WPS received a boost in popularity and attendance from the coverage of FIFA’s 2011 Women’s World Cup. But even before all that media, WPS was being covered by bloggers, and to a lesser extent major publications and the TV networks. Though not at the level that hardcore fans would like, finding news about the league is a far cry better than it was in the inaugural season.

The chat this week will look to find what works with these outlets, what could be improved, and where you get your WPS news.

Q1: The Bloggers

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league? How could the league promote this channel?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from bloggers?

Q2: The Major Publications

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major publications? Does that change whether the publication is online or print?

Q3: The Major Networks

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major networks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The human body, admired from the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The athlete has been at the forefront of that admiration from the beginning with sculptures of the first Olympians. In more recent times, the physical excellence of the athlete has been spectacularly captured by ESPN magazine in the Body Issue. This year’s issue was released on October 7th, and featured Hope Solo on one of the covers. Past issues have had other WPS stars on the cover and in the issue from the likes of Heather Mitts and Natasha Kai.

Get ready to “bare all” in this week’s chat about ESPN’s Body Issue and what it means for the athletes covered.

Q1: The Athletes

  • What is the message sent to the fans or public by the athletes who pose? Does that message vary depending of sex?
  • What is your opinion of the athletes who pose?
  • How does the timing of the release of this issue with Hope Solo impact her media attention with her role in dancing with the Stars?

Q2: The Sport

  • What impact does an athlete posing have on the brand for the sport/league?
  • What type of attention is given to the sport? Is that attention the right fit for the sport?

Q3: The Future

  • What athletes would you like to see in coming issues?
  • Should ESPN keep publishing this issueand every year?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Like any new league, the WPS has faced many challenges as it struggles to establish itself. Women’s professional sports in general are no strangers to these hurdles. There have been baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, hockey, and even football leagues. Some of these leagues have had success and others weren’t able to survive. So what could the WPS learn from other women’s leagues that have launched (and sometimes failed) to make a go of it?

This week’s chat will look to find that winning formula or at least unearth the reasons for the success or demise of those leagues.

Q1: The Winners: WNBA, LPGA, WTA, WPS

  • What impact does the sport dynamic have on the success of a league (team vs. individual)?
  • How does timing impact the success of a league?
  • What are the top 3 reasons for the success of women’s professional sports leagues?

Q2: The Losers: AAGBL, WBL, WUSA, WPVA

  • How do societal norms impact the survival of leagues?
  • What are the difficulties in starting a league for a sport that has already had an unsuccessful attempt?
  • What are the top 3 reasons for the success of women’s professional sports leagues?

Q3: The Future

  • What is next for women’s professional sports?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Welcome to another special edition #WPSchat with our friends at Our Game Magazine. We’ll be discussing two articles from the latest issue.

Ever wonder what a professional athlete goes through in the off-season to prepare for the upcoming season? The article Rest and Recovery, Regeneration: Preparing for Next Season in this month’s Our Game Magazine tells us how the best of the best get ready for the season ahead. The chat will discuss how a player treats off-season training impacts their performance during the season.

At the highest level of women’s soccer, the performance gap between the national teams is closing and closing fast. American universities and soccer programs offer international players an opportunity to train that remains unparalleled. The article Living and Playing the American Dream in this month’s Our Game Magazine covers the experience of several international players who are playing the game they love and continuing their education. The chat will look at this opportunity presented to international players and how it impacts the game at the highest level.

We here at Pitch Side View suggest you check out these articles and others in the current issue of Our Game Magazine.

Q1: Next Season Preparation

  • What impact does training in the off-season have on a player’s conditioning for the up-coming season?
  • What are the benefits or detriments of playing year round for a player?
  • What is the best approach to off-season training– team or individual training? Why?

Q2: Living and Playing the American Dream

  • What impact does international recruiting by US universities have on the development of the US game?
  • Do you see international players learning and developing under US university soccer programs as a benefit to the game? How?
  • In recent years, the disparity in play at the highest level has closed. Do you think there a connection correlation between this and the rise in international players playing for US Universities? Why or why not?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

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