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More on that Ohio soccer suit …

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

The possible relocation of the Columbus Crew soccer team to Austin is playing out as something of a two-front war for club owners Precourt Sports Ventures, with the push for a stadium land deal in Austin joined by a legal fight in Ohio that observers there think could grind on for months. PSV offered its latest volley in the legal fray Tuesday with the release of a 21-page memo responding and mostly restating its claims that the state’s so-called “Modell Law” to prevent sports teams from relocating without proper notice is unconstitutional. The biggest possible impact on the Austin relocation effort at this point is the possibility of an injunction against the team and its courtship with Austin, though Tuesday’s memo doesn’t have much bearing on the case itself, which is in the midst of a 90-day waiting period. Here in Austin, city leaders and representatives from PSV are presumably involved in negotiations on a deal to possibly use the McKalla Place property for a 20,000-seat stadium. City Council is expected to vote on the results of that negotiation process at the Aug. 9 meeting.

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