The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
by David Falk
TACOMA, WA — The Pacific Sports Center in Tacoma has gone into receivership via an order issued by Pierce County Judge James Orlando on January 10, 2014. The facility has been owned by Marian Bowers under the business names South Sound Sports Management, LLC and South Sound Sports Ventures, Inc. The property is now legally under the control of McCallen & Sons, Inc. and Dan Fallon. The public documents of the order are available online. goalWA.net has obtained a copy of the 15-page order.
There has been a buzz on social media about the facility and the former legal owner, Marian Bowers. The indoor soccer venue is home to the Tacoma Galaxy of the Premier Arena Soccer League. On Saturday the South Sound Shock of the same league are scheduled to play the Galaxy at the venue. That club posted a story saying that Bowers threatened three Shock players with removal for trespassing if they showed up to play on Saturday night.
“Adam (Becker) has been asked to not attend our game this coming Saturday,” says South Sound owner John Crouch in the post, “and I was told the police will be called for ‘trespassing’ if he does come. In the conversation about the situation with Adam with Marian (Bowers) , he was accused of perjury in the court of law. I was also told that two players (not to be named here) would also be under this pretense…”
goalWA.net shared the link from the Shock and it was soon after that a reader suggested we look into the current legal state of the Pacific Sports Center. The Judge’s order in essence gives McCallen & Sons control over the facility and directs Bowers and staff to follow the wishes of the “receiver.” This legal situation could mean that the Shock players are under no obligation to follow the directions of Bowers. Further, the PASL Premier apparently can’t back Bowers on any legal grounds with a block of Shock players.
It seems likely that the Pacific Sports Center will eventually be shuttered and then sold outright by the receiver. A bit of digging suggests that businesses are put into this situation when they haven’t paid their bills over an extended period of time. This general source says, “If the company’s assets are able to cover the debt owed then they may be able to continue operating after receivership, but this is more of a rare exception than the standard. In most cases the insolvent company is too far behind to cover their liabilities using only their assets, at which point the business must be completely liquidated and dissolved in order to repay as many secured debts as possible.”
There has been drama in Tacoma indoor soccer circles for years in and out of the courts. Bowers once operated the Tacoma Soccer Center. She was sued and lost a nearly half-million dollar judgement to Lane Smith, who still has the TSC as a business venture. Bowers ran the Tacoma Stars in the PASL Pro league for two seasons after an extended run in the PASL Premier. The Stars were shuttered this year. Bowers then started the Tacoma Galaxy in the PASL Premier. PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken has relied on Bowers as the PASL Premier NW Regional Manager, where Bowers has his ear in regards to local matters and league approvals and directives.
Portions of the public record of Pacific Sports Center being ordered into receivership. Click to enlarge.
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