Sports and politics collide in #SaveTheCrew movement
Ohio Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Mike DeWine joined the City of Columbus in suing Major League Soccer and Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt this week over the proposed team move to Austin, Texas.
The lawsuit is based on the “Art Modell Law,” which was passed in Ohio after the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore under the direction of former owner Art Modell in 1996.
The law was meant to protect cities who use tax money to support sports teams.
“An owner must have permission from the locality to move or give six months’ notice and a chance for the city or local investors to buy the team,” the law states.
Precourt and the MLS issued a joint statement in response outlining their chagrin at the lawsuit.
“Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer are disappointed that the Ohio Attorney General and the City of Columbus have chosen to commence litigation rather than…