Dec. 28 (UPI) — Major League Soccer introduced on Friday that an settlement is in place to switch possession of the Columbus Crew to a gaggle headed by Cleveland Browns house owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam.
The Haslams agreed to take management of the Crew and assured that the franchise will stay in the state of Ohio.
Since October, the Haslam family had been collaborating with a gaggle led by former group physician Peter Edwards to keep the group from relocating. The Crew had been probably headed to Austin, Texas, an anticipated location for an enlargement group, prior to the Haslams changing into concerned.
The Crew, one of many authentic MLS franchises, are anticipated to be managed by the Haslams and the Columbus-based Edwards family beginning in January 2019.
“After several months of discussions, we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with the Haslam and Edwards families for them to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and operate Columbus Crew SC starting in January, 2019,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated in an announcement.
“While we work to finalize the deal promptly, we want to state publicly the tremendous collaboration and community support for Crew SC, which has set the stage for a powerful plan that includes a world-class soccer stadium — a critical step that will help ensure the club’s success on and off the field,” Garber continued in the assertion.
Precourt Sports Ventures held possession of Columbus since buying them in July 2013 from the Hunt family, who held the rights of the group since its inception in 1996.
“Throughout our conversations, it’s been overwhelmingly clear that Crew SC belongs in Columbus, and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement in principle to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and to operate Columbus Crew SC,” the Haslams and Edwards households stated in a joint assertion. “As the stewards of Crew SC, we will always be focused on building a championship caliber team that makes the city proud, creating dynamic and memorable fan experiences and deeply engaging the community to make a positive impact.”