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"...Late last Tuesday, after much anticipation, Precourt Sports Ventures sent a letter to City Council outlining the $326 million the Columbus Crew owners could potentially provide in community benefits should the organization be "granted the privilege" of using the city-owned McKalla Place property just north of Rutland Drive. The four-page missive, attributed to PSV CEO Anthony Precourt and President Dave Greeley, described a "commitment to the community," which is essentially a rough sketch of how a professional soccer team could benefit key stakeholders in the city over a 25-year period..."
"...Austin's soccer saga is officially a mess. Last Friday, one week after reiterating their shunning of the offer to move their Columbus Crew into a new stadium out by the Travis County Expo Center, Anthony Precourt and company also announced that Precourt Sports Ventures (which owns the Crew) no longer seek to site their privately funded 20,000-person, $200 million stadium in Butler Shores – the ownership group's first choice for a stadium outside of (and perhaps including) a new one in their native Columbus...."
"...Attorneys representing Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer laid out their case for dismissing a lawsuit intended to prevent them from moving the Columbus Crew last week, arguing that the law cited in the suit stood in violation of both the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions, and also that the plaintiffs – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein – had little factual evidence to support their claim that the law applied to PSV...."
"...Looks like if the city’s going to adopt a Major League Soccer franchise that it’ll be housing said club at McKalla Place. Just a few minutes ago, Precourt Sports Ventures CEO Anthony Precourt put out a statement indicating that the city-owned tract just north of Rutland Drive is Destination A for a new, privately funded soccer stadium to house the team that’s currently the Columbus Crew...."
"...In an interview Tuesday morning, Crew team owner Anthony Precourt addressed some of the immediate questions that spring to mind for us here in Austin. Addressing the biggest question on the table, he said the team hadn’t yet identified a stadium site, but he started and ended our talk by stressing that he wouldn’t be looking for any public financing..."
"...The big soccer news last week was that Precourt Sports Ventures announced McKalla Place as their new favorite site for an Austin stadium. The declaration, issued last Thursday, comes after failed attempts at securing parkland in the city's urban core – first at Butler Shores and then at Roy G..."
"...More bad news for Precourt Sports Ventures, who last night saw the city's Parks and Recreation Board unanimously pass a resolution to recommend the city take Roy G. Guerrero Park off the table as a possible stadium site for the flirtatious Columbus Crew..."
"...City Council voted 7-4 to direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to finalize and sign an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures that should result in Austin landing its own Major League Soccer team, to play in a stadium at McKalla Place...."
"...Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the city of Columbus filed a lawsuit on Monday against Columbus Crew SC, owner Anthony Precourt's Precourt Sports Ventures, and Major League Soccer in an effort to keep the team from relocating to Austin. The lawsuit cites a state code revised in 1996 after the Cleveland Browns announced plans to move to Baltimore – and which ultimately resulted in Cleveland retaining the Browns' records and intellectual property while Art Modell turned his team into the Ravens..."
"...The Columbus Crew SC may not be coming to Austin after all, but several sources indicate the Austin FC will hit the new pitch at McKalla Place in the coming years. No one can say with certainty when that will happen, but a source close to the discussion between Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures said a 2019 launch date was not out of the question...."
"...The City of Columbus filed a motion Monday seeking to slow efforts by Precourt Sports Ventures to relocate the Columbus Crew SC to Austin. City Attorney Zach Klein's motion was filed as part of Ohio A.G..."
"...Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt was in town on Wednesday, taking folks' temperature, and assuring everyone that this is indeed serious – not a bargaining ploy, but a sincere belief and gamble that Austin's soccer culture and "Keep Austin Weird" vibe represent a market finally ready for its first major league team. Given the bridges this announcement appears to have burned back in Columbus, I'm inclined to believe it's for real...."
"...Anthony Precourt hopes so, because after a process that began in October of 2017, the Precourt Sports Ventures CEO is closer than ever to moving his Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Crew, to Austin. The team would become the Austin FC, and their arrival would bring an end to a political saga that has generated far more excitement than many in the city anticipated...."
"...It was nearing 3am, and they were listening to the public rattle on about why Austin needs a Major League Soccer team, or why subsidizing such a team would be a costly mistake. Soccer proponents urged Council to let Anthony Precourt pay for and build a 20,000-seat MLS stadium on the city-owned 24-acre lot at 10414 McKalla Place in North Austin..."
"...Anthony Precourt's effort to bring MLS to Austin took a hit on Tuesday when Ohio Judge Jeffrey Brown issued a series of rulings in the lawsuit intended to prevent the Columbus Crew from leaving Ohio. The suit, filed in March by Ohio Attorney General (and newly minted GOP gubernatorial nominee) Mike DeWine, cites a 1996 state law mandating professional sports teams give a six-month notice to potential buyers before departing the Buckeye State..."
"...Item 60 would direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to "solicit plans for development" of the site, including any involving a professional sports stadium but also others that adhere to a number of city goals outlined in strategic vision documents like Imagine Austin, the North Burnet/Gateway Master Plan, and the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint. Sponsored by Leslie Pool, Alison Alter, Ora Houston, and Ellen Troxclair, the resolution prioritizes affordable housing, park space accessible to the public throughout the year, and public transit improvements, "including a train station." The resolution also directs Cronk to give private developers enough time to submit proposals with a "reasonable degree of detail," so Council can debate the merits of those proposals, including the one for a soccer stadium that's already been submitted by Precourt Sports Ventures. [inset-1-right]..."
"...Anthony Precourt finds out today (Thursday) if he cleared the first political hurdle in moving his Columbus Crew MLS team to Austin, as Council will vote on two resolutions: Item 60, brought forth by Leslie Pool, which would allow developers to submit their own plans for McKalla Place; and Kathie Tovo's Item 130, directing City Manager Spencer Cronk to pursue negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures on a potential stadium deal. (Council will also consider Item 117, to approve $200,000 in funding to retain Greenberg Traurig LLP, in the event that negotiations with PSV continue.) Item 130 was updated on Monday to include a key phrase directing Cronk to "solicit plans for the development of affordable housing on another City-owned tract."..."
"...Stu Holden: Look, I love Austin … it’s a really forward-looking city, and I think, there’s still some question I think about, how would the soccer fan base be, and how invested would people in Austin, to get behind this team. Everything is there to make sense that this would be a slam dunk, in my view, as far as the demographic that Major League Soccer is going after, the younger audience, an emerging sport like soccer in our country – I just, I hate the way that this has all happened, with the Columbus Crew, a founding team in Major League Soccer, a team that has such a rich history, it’s just been ugly from the beginning of the way that, an owner that currently owns this team in a certain city, is looking to relocate while still in that city, and, you know, is still trying to figure things out with the city of Austin – so, it’s ever-changing, between stadium sites, and is the city getting behind it – I think they had, I think, a pretty strong statement, when Anthony Precourt came out recently and said that they’re continuing to work with the City of Austin to secure the right site..."
"...However, current Crew operator Precourt Sports Ventures still has the league’s backing for a new Austin FC at the new stadium recently approved by the City. “Regardless of any scenario in Columbus, there is a clear path forward for PSV to operate Austin FC as a Major League Soccer club,” the league said in a statement..."
"...Precourt Sports Ventures teased its newest dish this morning: three renderings of a McKalla Place soccer stadium for PSV’s potentially relocating Columbus Crew, as designed Gensler, TBG Partners, and CAA ICON. The renderings conceptualize an open-air stadium with big entrances at all four corners, and, in one markup, a seating bowl packed with roughly 20,000 adoring fans..."