MLS to ATX #11: A Big Early Win For Ohio and Columbus in the ‘Save The Crew’ Lawsuit

Earlier this week, Judge Jeffrey Brown, the judge who is presiding over the Ohio v Precourt / MLS lawsuit in Columbus, issued an 18 page Order addressing several of the pre-trial motions that have been filed in the case. A copy can be read here. His decisions do not make good reading for those who [...]

By | 2018-05-10T13:31:07+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|9 Comments

MLS to ATX #10: Update on City of Austin Resolution and Ohio Lawsuit to Save the Crew

Since my last article, the MLS to Austin story has continued to develop on two fronts. Here in Austin, the City Council approved a resolution directing the City Manager to complete a "community engagement process" and a detailed analysis of McKalla Place as a possible stadium site. Meanwhile in Ohio, PSV and MLS responded to the lawsuit [...]

By | 2018-04-20T23:36:18+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|0 Comments

MLS to ATX #9: Ohio and Columbus File Lawsuit Against PSV and MLS. What Does That Mean?

After a couple of months of rumors and speculation on the MLS to Austin front, there has been a recent flurry of news stories that would suggest that we are closer to knowing whether or not Austin will have an MLS team in 2019. Perhaps the most interesting development happened yesterday, when the Ohio Attorney [...]

By | 2018-03-06T11:06:39+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|5 Comments

MLS to ATX #8: Guerrero Park v McKalla Place – My Solution

This last weekend, I was a guest on ‘The Throw In’, Austin's only soccer radio show, to talk about these articles that I've been writing, and to share my thoughts on MLS to Austin. Much of the recent discussion on the show, and around Austin, has been whether Guerrero Park or McKalla Place would be a better site [...]

By | 2018-02-16T13:53:41+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|2 Comments

MLS to ATX #7: The Untold Story of 10414 McKalla Place

In December of last year, the City of Austin released a report identifying eight City-owned properties that might be suitable for a professional soccer stadium. In discussing the site at 10414 McKalla Place, the report suggests that the property once had “significant environmental issues’. What the report doesn’t go into is the history of chemical [...]

By | 2018-02-07T15:01:47+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|5 Comments

MLS to ATX #6: The Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park and The Austin Swing

When Roy Guerrero Park was first put forward as a possible location for a soccer stadium late last year, it was a surprise to some. It was certainly not on the radar of soccer fans, and some Austinites didn’t even know that the park existed. However, older residents of Austin may remember that this is [...]

By | 2018-02-07T14:37:12+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|3 Comments

MLS to ATX #5: How Might The University of Texas Influence MLS in Austin?

The most useless comment you will likely hear in this whole MLS discussion is that Austin is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a major league sports team. First of all, it’s wrong. The Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area in California is more than double the size of Austin and has no professional team. Secondly, [...]

By | 2018-01-25T18:05:26+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|5 Comments

MLS to ATX #4: Does Columbus Have Any Legal Basis to Prevent MLS in Austin?

This article will look at whether the State of Ohio or the City of Columbus can take legal action to prevent the Crew ‘relocating’ to Austin. What it wont address is whether there is anything morally or ethically wrong in removing an established soccer club from its home city, in order to start a new [...]

By | 2018-01-15T21:03:04+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|6 Comments

MLS to ATX #3: Does San Antonio Have Any Legal Basis to Prevent MLS in Austin?

While Austin generally welcomed the MLS to ATX news, the opposite was true in Ohio as, unsurprisingly, the announcement was met with angry protests and threatened legal action, and I’ll look more closely at the legitimacy of the Ohio legal maneuvers in my next post. However, Columbus was not the only city to immediately get [...]

By | 2018-01-08T13:48:39+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|1 Comment

MLS to ATX #2: The Relocation of the Columbus Crew and the “Austin Clause”

Anthony Precourt, the CEO of Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV) became the second Investor-Operator in the 18-year history of Columbus Crew SC on July 30, 2013. At the time the MLS website reported that Precourt was “completely committed to keeping the team in Columbus”. What wasn’t reported at the time, was that apparently Precourt had [...]

By | 2018-01-04T22:18:53+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|7 Comments