Does the Attorney General’s lawsuit against the Crew SC owners stand a chance?


TONIGHT COLUMBUS CREW FANS HAVE SOME RENEWED HOPE ABOUT KEEPING THE TEAM HERE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE AND THE CITY OF COLUMBUS FILED A LAWSUIT TODAY AGAINST PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES, WHICH OWNS THE CREW

ANTHONY PRECOURT HAS REPEATEDLY SAID HE WANTS TO MOVE THE TEAM TO AUSTIN TEXAS AFTER THIS SEASON THE LAWSUIT IS FILED UNDER A LAW PASSED IN 1996 AFTER THE BROWNS MOVED TO BALTIMORE, WHICH KEEPS A TEAM OWNER FROM MOVING A TEAM THAT USES TAX- SUPPORTED FACILITIES WITHOUT GIVING A LOCAL ENTITY A CHANCE TO BUY THE TEAM COLLEEN: NOW THE QUESTION ISDOES THIS LAWSUIT STAND A CHANCE AT KEEPING THE CREW HERE? COLLEEN: N-B-C FOUR'S ROB SNEED SPOKE WITH A LOCAL ATTORNEY TONIGHT TO FIND OUT IF THIS LAWSUIT COULD SAVE THE TEAM HE'S LIVE OUTSIDE CREW STADIUM ROB: THE LAWYER I SPOKE WITH SAYS THE STATUTE IS VAGUEAND THINKS THE CREW HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF BEATING THE LAWSUIT FANS STILL PACK THE STADIUM DESPITE THE LEGAL TUG OF WARTO KEEP THE CREW HERE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE ANNOUNCED HES SUING THE CREW'S OWNERIN HOPES OF KEEPING THEM RIGHT HERE BOB BEHAL, LAWYER "WELL I THOUGHT THIS WAS A VERY UNUSUAL LAWSUIT :17 /:37 AND THEY'LL HAVE TO ABIDE BY ALL OF THE STATUTE IN A VERY PARTICULAR WAY THEY'LL HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROVING THAT THEY MET THOSE TERMS" BUSINESS LAWYER, BOB BEHAL, SAT DOWN WITH NBC4 TO DISCUSS THIS SUIT

THERE'S A SECTION OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE THAT STATES IN PART POTENTIAL LOCAL BUYERS MUST HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THE TEAM BUT THIS LEFT MANY WONDERING WHO SETS THE PRICE 21:00:47 SO WHAT IS A COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY ?:52 WELL THEY WOULD GO TO EXPERTS WHO WOULD KNOW WHAT FRANCHISES GO FOR IN THE VARIOUS SPORTS LEAGUES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THEY WOULD COME UP WITH SOME VALUATION :03 BEHAL SAYS THE COURT WOULD THEN DECIDE WHETHER THE NEGOTIATION BETWEEN THE OWNER OF THE TEAM AND ANY ONE INTERESTED IN BUYINGWOULD BE A GOOD DEAL FOR BOTH PARTIES 21:01:26 THEY COULDN'T ASK A BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE TEAM BECAUSE A BILLION DOLLARS IS NOT COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE :31 BEHAL SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT SEE THE CREW LEAVEBUT SAYS HE THINKS THE OWNER HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF DOING WHAT HE WANT TO DOWHICH IS MOVE THE TEAM OUT OF COLUMBUS 21:02:19 IF IT WANTS TO MOVE, I THINK THE TEAM WILL MOVE :20 21:02:53 PROBABLY THE CREW FIND WAYS AROUND THE STATUE COMPLY WITH THE STATUTE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY CAN STILL MOVE THAT WILL BE MY GUESS :04 ROB: BEHAL SAYS HE WILL BE WATCHING THIS CASE CLOSELY

LOCA FOR YOU IN COLUMBUS ROB SNEED NBC4 COLLEEN: JUST MOMENTS AGO, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES SENT US THIS STATEMENT, SAYING THEY ARE QUOTE "AWARE OF AND ARE REVIEWING THE LITIGATION FILED BY THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MLS AND PSV WILL MAKE AN ADDITIONAL STATEMENT TOMORROW FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE COMPLAINT"

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