Football clubs have become international brands, profit-chasing conglomerates that make money off of the memories of the regional, socio-political entities from which they evolved—and no, these brands are not your friends. But does that reality of late-stage capitalism doesn’t have to be paralyzing in the face of political struggle?
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Gabe talks with Miki Turner (@turneresq) about all the recent updates in the #SaveTheCrew litigation.
Precourt Sports Ventures will contest the constitutionality of Ohio’s Art Modell Law. Hold on to your hats, folks.
Gabe and Evan break down the funniest Champions League storylines before welcoming Managing Madrid's Kiyan Sobhani to talk about his recent article for FourFourTwo.
Gabe and Evan are back to have a heart-to-heart about Spurs Spursing as normal, and Gabe lifts Evan's spirits with an amazing story being floated in England about Russia poisoning the English national team.
Gabe and Evan are joined by Kevin McCauley to discuss the NWSL's financial issues and future, the USSF election, and more.
The MLS transfer model is complex, outdated, and harming the league. Let's investigate why.
What can two cases litigated in California courts in the 1980's tell us about potential Ohio state government action to #SaveTheCrew?
Will an obscure Ohio law force Crew owner Anthony Precourt to delay his plans to move the franchise?
Elizabeth Contignola discusses the complicated, legally shaky status as a single entity under US law.
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Ballon d'Order is the brainchild and passion project of two football-loving attorneys, Elizabeth Cotignola and Gabe Lezra.
Elizabeth Cotignola, esq.
Born and raised the child of Italian expatriates in ‘la belle province,’ the trilingual Elizabeth Cotignola (@LaDiavolina) is an attorney in Montréal, Québec, where she puts her skills to use for Europe’s largest bank, ensuring the bank’s corporate and institutional clients are not engaging in money laundering or terrorist financing. When she’s not lawyering, she enjoys yelling about Milan, the Montreal Impact, and her beloved Azzurri to anyone who will listen. Occasionally; she writes something other than tweets; she has previously contributed to Unusual Efforts, A Football Report, Kickette, Futbolita, Soccer Gods, The Soccer Wire, SB Nation, and XI Quarterly.
Gabe Lezra, esq.
American-born, Madrid-bred, Gabe Lezra (@ElEzrah) is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and of Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. Gabe founded SBNation's Real Madrid CF blog Managing Madrid, and when he's not lawyer-ing he spends most of his free time hosting and producing his two podcast babies, the Managing Madrid Podcast and the Let's Fix Football Podcast. He lives in Washington, DC with his fiancee and their puppy. He has previously contributed to, among other outlets, SB Nation Soccer, The Atlantic, CNN International, and the New York Law School Law Review.