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Prominent attorney Wilkinson enlisted to help in sale of Washington Spirit

A group of investors looking for control of the NWSL Washington Spirit have enlisted prominent attorney Beth Wilkinson to represent them, "increasing pressure" on the team "even as the sale of the Spirit to an outside billionaire nears completion," according to Goff & Hensley-Clancy of the WASHINGTON POST. Spirit Managing Partner Steve Baldwin is "close to finalizing a sale to Todd Boehly." That deal would "shut out Baldwin’s co-owner, Y. Michele Kang," who has "offered $10 million more than Boehly’s $25 million." Wilkinson is a high-profile attorney who investigated allegations of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment at the Washington Football Team. She "framed the turmoil at the Spirit," and Baldwin’s move to sell the team for about 30% less than Kang’s offer, as "partly an issue of gender." Wilkinson’s involvement, and the "ongoing threat of a legal battle pitting a prospective female owner against Baldwin," could "put pressure" on the NWSL. The NWSL has not "commented on the proposed sale to Boehly," but several people said that NWSL interim CEO Marla Messing and the league's BOG "prefer Boehly over Kang" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/11).

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