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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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More on that Ohio soccer suit …
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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