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State of Ohio files lawsuit against Precourt Sports Ventures

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A lawsuit will test the “Art Modell Law.”

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against Precourt Sports Ventures to prevent the team from ignoring the “Art Modell Law” as PSV explores move Columbus Crew SC to Austin. In a press release issued Monday afternoon, DeWine committed to working to keeping the team in Columbus, filing what appears to be a preemptive move against PSV.

The suit filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court names Precourt Sports Ventures, Team Columbus Soccer, Major League Soccer, and Crew Soccer Stadium LLC as defendants to the suit.

DeWine lists several benefits that the team has received including state taxpayer-funded improvements to parking facilities, a state property tax exemption for the land where MAPFRE Stadium was built, a below-market lease rate on the land, city taxpayer-funded improvements to utilities improvements and a TIF on Silver Drive.

The “Modell Law”, Ohio Revised Code 9.67, has yet to be tested in court and today’s lawsuit brings any test one step closer to determining if the law will be an effective measure to keeping the team in Columbus.

Anthony Precourt recently broke his four-month silence with an interview with the Austin Statesman reaffirming his desire to find a suitable stadium to move the team in the 2019 season.