MLS to ATX #16: Legislative Attempts to Derail Austin FC Appear To Be Doomed

As most people know by now, with the Ohio lawsuit over and the Columbus Crew 'saved', Austin FC were officially announced as the 27th MLS club on January 15, 2019. The team is set to begin play in the spring of 2021 at a brand new, privately financed stadium at McKalla Place. Austin soccer fans [...]

By |2019-05-02T15:19:26-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Austin Sports Law Blog|7 Comments

MLS to ATX #15: Motion to Dismiss Denied, But Ohio Court Rules Lawsuit Cannot Prevent Columbus Crew Relocating to Austin

On Monday of this week, Judge Jeffrey Brown issued a 55-page Order (the "Order") on the Motion to Dismiss filed by MLS and PSV. As expected, the motion was denied, but I fail to understand how some people have described this as a “huge win” for the Save the Crew movement. Actually I do understand why. [...]

By |2018-12-05T15:38:01-06:00December 5th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|2 Comments

MLS to ATX #14: The #SaveTheCrew Lawsuit Will Rumble On, But It Wont Impact Austin’s MLS Future.

Last week, Judge Jeffrey M. Brown heard oral arguments from both sides on the Ohio lawsuit that is trying to save the Columbus Crew. The attorneys for Major League Soccer (MLS) and Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) had filed a motion to dismiss the case, predominantly on constitutional grounds, and I was able to watch a [...]

By |2018-09-11T15:50:27-05:00September 11th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|1 Comment

MLS to ATX #13: Austin City Council Clears Path for MLS in Austin

I was back at City Hall today to witness something many people thought would never happen. The Austin City Council voted 7-4 to approve the terms of a deal that would see a Major League Soccer stadium built at McKalla Place. It’s hard to overstate how momentous today was, not just in terms of soccer in [...]

By |2018-08-15T23:08:02-05:00August 15th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|1 Comment

MLS to ATX #12: Austin City Council to vote on MLS Resolution this Thursday, Ohio Lawsuit Latest and Statesman Op-Ed

It's currently crunch time in the group stages of the World Cup, and it feels like this week could be similarly decisive for the plan to bring Major League Soccer to Austin. On Thursday, the Austin City Council will meet to vote on whether it should start negotiating with the owners of the Columbus Crew [...]

By |2018-06-27T15:40:27-05:00June 27th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|0 Comments

Soccer Is About More Than Just Economics, It Can Bring People Together.

This Op-Ed was first published in the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday June 21, 2018. OPINION By Pete Reid - Special to the American-Statesman Recently, many learned opinions have been offered in these pages about the economic impact that a Major League Soccer team might have on Austin. As a sports attorney, and a soccer fan, [...]

By |2018-06-27T15:20:02-05:00June 27th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|0 Comments

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 |2018-05-10T13:31:07-05:00May 10th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|12 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 |2018-04-20T23:36:18-05:00April 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 |2018-03-06T11:06:39-06:00March 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 |2018-02-16T13:53:41-06:00February 16th, 2018|Austin Sports Law Blog|2 Comments