It’s official. The fight to keep the Columbus Crew here is over.
The lawsuit against the MLS and Precourt Sports Venture has been dropped by City Attorney Zach Klein and Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Today, along with the State of Ohio and @OhioAG DeWine, we dismissed our lawsuit against Major League Soccer and PSV. From the start, this litigation was about keeping the Crew in Columbus, and I believe we are finally there.After having conversations with the new ownership (1/3)
— Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein (@CityAttyKlein) December 28, 2018
Beginning in January, new owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Pete Edwards will take over. The group is already cooking up plans for a new, beautiful stadium Downtown, which the Franklin County Commissioners voted (unanimously) to approve their portion of the funding.
Of course, it would be a crime not to mention the historic movement, #SaveTheCrew. Without them, it’s extremely likely that we would have lost our team.
Congratulations to the Haslam and Edwards families on reaching an agreement to become @MLS owners, and to take over operating rights of @ColumbusCrewSC, effectively Saving The Crew. We looking forward to a massively bright era under your leadership. https://t.co/VAy2d3KcZb pic.twitter.com/ue9E6dbNvT
— Save The Crew (@Save_The_Crew) December 28, 2018
Statement from Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber:
“After several months of discussions, we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with the Haslam and Edwards families for them to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and operate Columbus Crew SC starting in January, 2019.
“While we work to finalize the deal promptly, we want to state publicly the tremendous collaboration and community support for Crew SC, which has set the stage for a powerful plan that includes a world-class soccer stadium – a critical step that will help ensure the club’s success on and off the field.
“We appreciate all the diligent work from the Haslam and Edwards Families, the leadership from the Columbus Partnership, the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the State of Ohio, Precourt Sports Ventures, and all of those who have contributed over the past several months to create the elements that will solidify Crew SC’s long-term future as an integral part of the Columbus sports scene.”
Statement from Precourt Sports Ventures:
“We are pleased with the lawsuit dismissal and the outcome that will ensure Major League Soccer teams in both Austin and Columbus,” said Anthony Precourt, CEO of Precourt Sports Ventures. “This elegant solution is the culmination of many months of hard work from Commissioner Garber, the Haslam and Edwards’ families, the local Columbus community, and Precourt Sports Ventures.
“We are happy for the people of Columbus and Crew SC supporters, who helped rally local government and business leaders to keep Crew SC in Columbus. We are proud to have built a strong club which is in position to be successfully transitioned to new operators in 2019.”
Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Pete Edwards:
“When we began exploring the possibility of keeping Crew SC in Columbus, the process started with an appreciation for the benefits a professional sports franchise brings to a region. We quickly began positive discussions with Major League Soccer – the League Office and many of the League’s owners.
“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the Columbus community, as well as Crew SC fans, to help us efficiently complete and fulfill the requirements and deadlines set by Major League Soccer that will help ensure the success of Crew SC on and off the field.
“Throughout our conversations, it’s been overwhelmingly clear that Crew SC belongs in Columbus, and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement in principle to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and to operate Columbus Crew SC. As the stewards of Crew SC, we will always be focused on building a championship caliber team that makes the city proud, creating dynamic and memorable fan experiences and deeply engaging the community to make a positive impact.”
Columbus Til’ I Die, indeed. GO CREW!
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