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Precourt legal battles continue in Ohio

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Precourt Sports Ventures, owner of the Columbus Crew soccer club that is seeking to relocate to Austin from Ohio, is mounting a legal battle to throw out a lawsuit intended to prevent the team from moving. The company and Major League Soccer have teamed up to file a motion to throw out a lawsuit based on Ohio’s so-called “Art Modell Law” that was created in 1996 to prevent teams from abruptly moving if they’ve utilized tax-supported facilities. The motion claims the law, which requires six months’ notice of intention to move unless approved by state and local governments and requires interested buyers be given a chance to preserve the team, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed by the city of Columbus and state of Ohio in March seeks a permanent injunction that would prevent the team from moving while the lawsuit plays out. PSV had hoped the team would play its 2019 season in a temporary facility in Austin, and it is awaiting a city study on possibly using the city-owned McKalla Place parcel in North Central Austin as the site for a permanent 20,000-seat stadium.

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