Court hears arguments in Columbus Crew SC lawsuit

Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Franklin County judge heard arguments Tuesday that could impact the future of the Columbus Crew SC.

The hearing looked at the Art Modell Law, which city and state leaders claim should prevent the team’s owner, Precourt Sports Venture, from moving the franchise from Columbus to Austin Texas.

Modell is the former owner who relocated the original Browns to Baltimore in late 1995.

Under Ohio revised code:

No owner of a professional sports team that uses a tax-supported facility for most of its home games and receives financial assistance from the state or a political subdivision thereof shall cease playing most of its home games at the facility and begin playing most of its home games elsewhere unless the owner either:
(A) Enters into an agreement with the political subdivision permitting the team to play most of its home games elsewhere;

(B) Gives the political subdivision in which the facility is located not less than six months’ advance notice of the owner’s intention to cease playing most of its home games at the facility and, during the six months after such notice, gives the political subdivision or any individual or group of individuals who reside in the area the opportunity to purchase the team.

No decision was made Tuesday. The judge said he will decide whether the case moves forward in a written statement.

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