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The Modell Law and The Crew

Mar 14, 2018
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The state of Ohio and the city of Columbus have sued Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer, in an effort to prevent the Columbus Crew from relocating to Austin, Texas. The lawsuit cites ORC 9.67, commonly known as the "Modell Law." We look at what the law entails, the local impact of the lawsuit, and whether or not the suit can keep the Crew in Columbus.

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The owner of the Columbus Crew SC and Major League Soccer officials say they “strongly disagree” with the interpretation of a state law being used to try to keep the team from moving to Austin, Texas. 

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the city of Columbus filed a lawsuit against the owner of Columbus Crew SC over their proposed move to Austin, Texas.

To the casual observer or those watching intently from afar – like, say, Columbus, Ohio – you might be a little confused by the signals "the city" is sending about a proposed soccer stadium in Austin.

The group trying to move a Major League Soccer team to Austin says it has reconsidered Butler Shores as a possible stadium venue.

Precourt Sports Ventures said in a statement this afternoon that the parcel of land near Zilker Park is no longer on its shortlist for a stadium. The prospect had angered Zilker-area neighbors and spurred a denunciatory resolution from Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, whose district includes Butler Shores.

Precourt Sports Ventures, the firm that’s hoping to bring a Major League Soccer team to Austin, isn’t happy with the Austin City Council – specifically, Council Member Ann Kitchen.

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As the Columbus Crew struggles to find a suitable site for its stadium in Austin, Texas, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says the league is open to the possibility of keeping the team in its hometown.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 11, 2017

Two more candidates enter the fray for the Democratic nomination in Ohio's gubernatorial race: former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, and recently resigned Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill. Also, Al Franken departs the U.S. Senate and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine investigates legal action to keep Crew SC in Ohio.

We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.

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It seemed like a long shot for Columbus Crew SC fans when a state lawmaker floated the idea of invoking a 21-year-old law to keep the soccer club from moving to Austin, Texas.

But Ohio's top law enforcement official says he agrees, and will use the law as a tool to try to keep the Major League Soccer team in its original home.

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An Ohio lawmaker is invoking former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is his efforts to keep the Columbus Crew SC from leaving the city.