1. Buffalo Bills: Why a New Stadium Is Necessary to Keep the Team in Buffalo

    After the last two games, many Buffalo Bills fans would be relieved to see the team move out of town. Any hope that current management would be able to build a winner was lost with ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 2 years ago 2,910 reads 16 comments

  2. Buffalo Bills Collapse, Stadium Limbo, NHL Lockout: Paucity of Hope in Buffalo

    In Buffalo, where the individual and communal sense of well-being is at least partially informed by the status of its sports teams, we have hit a new low. In the past week, three things have become obvious...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 2 years ago 776 reads 0 comments

  3. Pro Women's Soccer '12: National No-Shows, Refugee Players and an Ad-Hoc League

    Believe it or not, at the beginning of 2012, Women's Professional Soccer still existed. A draft was held. Permission was obtained from U.S. Soccer Federation to hold a season with only five clubs...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 664 reads 9 comments

  4. WNY Flash One Game Away from 3-Peat as They Advance to WPSL Elite Finals

    The Western New York Flash of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite came from behind to defeat the NY Fury 2-1 in the semifinal on July 25 at Sahlen’s Stadium...

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  5. Adriana Is the New Marta, McCall Is the New Wambach, but WPSL Is Not the New WPS

    It could have been much worse for the Chesapeake Charge, on their first visit to Sahlen's Stadium, home of the champions without a league—the Western New York Flash ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 513 reads 1 comments

  6. After Marta, Christine Sinclair, Alex Morgan & WPS, WNY Flash Search for Meaning

    You could say that in the world of women's professional soccer, the Western New York Flash has been looking for itself after the end of history. They've now completed six games in what seems like a zombie season...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 868 reads 3 comments

  7. Creative Business Models That Can Work for Major League Women's Soccer in USA

    Part Five in the Series: How Major League Women’s Soccer Can Work in the U.S. If there's one thing we've learned from two failed attempts at major league soccer for women ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 649 reads 1 comments

  8. Finding Fans for Major League Women's Soccer: Where Is the Love?

    Part Four in the Series: How Major League Women’s Soccer Can Work in the U.S. Last weekend, nearly 20,000 fans filled a sold out PPL Park in Philadelphia to see the U.S...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 385 reads 1 comments

  9. The Touch, the Feel of Major League, for Women's Soccer in the USA

    Part Three in the Series: How Major League Women’s Soccer Can Work in the U.S. It was the home opener for Women’s Professional Soccer’s newest club, and what ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 410 reads 3 comments

  10. Finding the Best Markets for Major League Women's Soccer

    Part Two in the Series: How Major League Women’s Soccer Can Work in the U.S. The reason two major leagues for professional women’s soccer have failed in the past ten ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 2 years ago 596 reads 0 comments

  11. How Major League Women's Soccer Can Work in the US

    With the announcement last Thursday that Women’s Professional Soccer would cease operations, a second attempt at major league soccer for women in the United States has folded in the 21st century...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about over 2 years ago 1,399 reads 0 comments

  12. The Death of the WPS Brand as Women's Professional Soccer Lives on in New York

    Thursday, Women's Professional Soccer—the league, the brand—was taken off life support and pronounced dead. Meanwhile most of the U.S...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about over 2 years ago 636 reads 0 comments

  13. WNY Flash Dominate in WPSL Elite Debut, but Is This Major League?

    Imagine, hard as it might be, that Major League Baseball folded. There are two clubs, last year’s Series champs and another playoff team that have survived. These two join the International League...

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  14. The Buffalo Bills Are Dead but the City Is Rising

    It’s an interesting time to be in Buffalo. For so long, we’ve depended on our sports teams to give us some shred of validation...

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  15. Women's Pro Soccer Faces Extinction

    Women's Professional Soccer has announced they have less than two weeks to add another franchise, or face a loss of Division-I sanctions by U.S. Soccer. Such a loss of sanctions could spell the end of the three-year-old league...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about over 2 years ago 57 reads 5 comments

  16. WPS 2012 Preview: Executives Discuss League Expansion, Future of WNY Flash

    WPS will play with five clubs if necessary, announced Jennifer O'Sullivan, new CEO of Women's Professional Soccer, at a press conference held at Sahlen's Sports Park, headquarters of the World Champion women's club team, Western New York Flash ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 977 reads 3 comments

  17. How Will WPS, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Rapinoe & All Continue Without MagicJack?

    In a two-sentence press release earlier today (Oct. 27, 2011) Women's Professional Soccer announced their decision to terminate the magicJack franchise. For those who don't know, magicJack is the former Washington Freedom franchise...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 1,931 reads 6 comments

  18. Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres: Nobody Circles the Wagons Like Buffalo Expats

    The story appeared in the Buffalo News the day after the historic Patriots game, that an expat in Missouri had wings flown in from Buffalo for his football party...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 1,996 reads 7 comments

  19. Western New York Flash Set Stage for Championship Hat Trick in Buffalo

    Not too many people noticed, even in Buffalo, when the Western New York Flash, of Women’s Professional Soccer, won the WPS Championship...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 480 reads 0 comments

  20. The Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills Will Play in the Next Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl matchup has been set. Maybe not in the minds of NFL management, but in the stars, in destiny, in all the places that matter. It will be a Detroit versus Buffalo Super Bowl...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 602 reads 2 comments

  21. The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions Are Going to the Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl matchup has been set. Maybe not in the minds of NFL management, but in the stars, in destiny, in all the places that matter. It will be a Detroit versus Buffalo Super Bowl...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 468 reads 0 comments

  22. Why This Year's Buffalo Bills Will Win the Super Bowl and Why '90s Bills Didn't

    All of a sudden Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix are starting to look like geniuses. Until a week ago, even the most loyal, optimistic Bills fans were being tempted to doubt...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 2,331 reads 8 comments

  23. Marta-Sinclair-Morgan and WNY Flash Win WPS Championship, Beat Philly in PKs

    What we’ve been taking liberties to say about the Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer, we can now say with authority...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about almost 3 years ago 469 reads 3 comments

  24. Like a Flash: Led by Marta-Sinclair-Morgan, WNY Claims WPS Regular-Season Title

    WNY Flash Win WPS Regular Season Championship : Western New York have earned the right to host the WPS championship match, as Philadelphia takes second place, magicJack overcomes ...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 3 years ago 647 reads 8 comments

  25. Jumping Jack Flash: Marta & WNY Win Ugly, Wambach's MagicJack in Trouble

    The Week's WPS Highlights Attendance Stays Up As 4,400 See Weeknight Match, Western New York Win Ugly. As far as I know, Charlie Sheen is not a Western New York Flash fan...

    John Howell Written by John Howell about 3 years ago 305 reads 1 comments