One of many authentic groups from the league’s 1996 debut season, the final 12 months has seen uncertainty surrounding the franchise as Precourt Sports activities Ventures (PSV), the possession group accountable for the Crew, seemed to relocate the workforce to Austin, Texas.
Nevertheless, MLS has confirmed Jimmy Haslam, the proprietor of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, and his household, together with a neighborhood possession group headed by Pete Edwards, Jr. are in discussions to maintain the workforce in Ohio.
“Main League Soccer and the Columbus Partnership have been working collectively for a number of months on a plan to maintain Crew SC in Columbus and we now have made vital progress,” the league mentioned in its press launch.
“Not too long ago, the Haslam Household – together with the Columbus-based Edwards Household, have joined the hassle to maintain Crew SC in Columbus.
“MLS, the Columbus Partnership and the investor group all agree that for the membership to achieve success in Columbus, it requires robust native companions, long-term company assist, a powerful season ticket base and long-term plans for a stadium, apply services and related websites.”
The brand new possession group, together with Columbus Partnership, a civic group that has fought to maintain the Crew native, additionally launched an announcement on Friday.
“We’re excited to collectively announce that the Columbus Partnership together with a neighborhood investor group led by Pete Edwards, Jr. and Dee and Jimmy Haslam have fashioned an alliance to proceed the collaboration with Main League Soccer to maintain the Crew in Columbus,” it reads.
“We’re optimistic about our latest conversations with MLS concerning the potential sale of the working rights of the Columbus Crew.
A press release from Dee and Jimmy Haslam on the Columbus Crew: pic.twitter.com/tSovbEKZ8G
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 12, 2018
Precourt Sports activities Ventures (PSV), the present Crew possession group, additionally appears on the trail to getting what it needs out of the deal.
Whereas PSV will nonetheless have drop working rights of the Crew for the membership to remain in its present location, MLS nonetheless believes the possession group has a straight-forward path to bringing a membership to Austin, Texas.
“MLS acknowledges the cooperation Precourt Sports activities Ventures has demonstrated all through the method so far,” the discharge states.
“MLS additionally stays very dedicated to PSV’s plan to launch an MLS membership in Austin and is happy for Austin to grow to be a terrific addition to MLS. We’ll proceed to work with PSV and the Metropolis of Austin on the timing across the launch of Austin FC.”
A Sports activities Illustrated report claims that the most probably manner ahead will contain the league promoting the working rights to the Columbus outfit to the investor group whereas PSV retains an fairness stake within the league and Soccer United Advertising, permitting it to kind the brand new Austin workforce.