Category: SaveTheCrew

PSV/MLS Hit Back Hard; Oppose Motion to Toll Six-Month Purchase Period

Anyone hoping for an amicable solution to the #SaveTheCrew fight is going to have to wait for a while. That shouldn't particularly surprising; we are in the middle of a lawsuit after all where the end result could be the end of a sports team in a city that has called them home for over ...

SaveTheCrew: City and State Work Together to Fight PSV/MLS on Discovery Issue

Aside from the battle over the motion to dismiss filed by PSV/MLS, I think it's fair to say that the biggest argument in the immediate future centers over the issue of discovery. I'm not going to get into discussing much about discovery as a general legal process (you can read about it here); consider this story a "201" ...

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SaveTheCrew: Punch-Counterpunch

No rest for the weary. On the heels of PSV/MLS finally filing their motion to dismiss, comes news from the plaintiffs who have filed several motions with the court. No word if these documents were leaked to a newspaper in Seattle. A quick summary: Motion to Compel Discovery: Plaintiffs had previously sent PSV/MLS interrogatories and requests for production, which ...

PSV/MLS File Motion to Dismiss Modell Lawsuit

The moment we've been waiting for has finally...belatedly...arrived. Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer have finally filed their motion to dismiss the Modell lawsuit. The brief is, as expected, 25 pages and cites a number of constitutional arguments for dismissal. As the brief cites a number of arguments for dismissal. It's probably just best ...

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SaveTheCrew: Countdown to Nothing

Wow, what a day. I wasn't sure I was going to write anything about what happened, because, what can you say? Though Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer had previously telegraphed that they were filing a motion to dismiss, the various interested parties had been waiting with bated breath to see exactly what was the legal ...

SaveTheCrew: Interesting Notes in Plaintiffs’ Interrogatories & Requests for Production

The timing of the letter sent by PSV/MLS on March 16, which outlined the position of the defendants as to the "notice" issue, struck me as odd at the time. I noted in that March 19 story that I assumed whatever was sent by the Plaintiffs was what sent PSV/MLS scrambling to send out that letter: We now know ...

SaveTheCrew: PSV/MLS Files Motion to Stay Request to Provide Discovery to Plaintiffs

Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer previously provided a hint into their strategy to fight the lawsuit, when they requests leave to exceed the local page limit requirements as they prepare to file their motion to dismiss. Now they are asking that a stay be entered that puts a hold on the plaintiff's request for discovery. ...

SaveTheCrew: PSV and MLS Prepare to File Motion to Dismiss [Updated]

And now we know what's coming. Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer have tipped their hand, requesting leave to file a Motion to Dismiss which exceeds the page limits allowed by local rules. We can thank the local rules for getting this preview of the argument from the defendants, as briefs that will exceed ...

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SaveTheCrew Plaintiffs Put Some Pressure on PSV/MLS

I suppose I'd be remiss if I didn't have a brief comment on the news of the day. That came in the form of a motion filed by the State of Ohio to toll the so-called "six month waiting period" required by the Modell law, during which time local buyers are to have the ability to make an offer ...

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SaveTheCrew: Did Precourt and MLS ‘Lawyer’ Themselves?

Note: So the following story has been a difficult one to write for a few reasons. 1) The unique nature of this case means that it's difficult to account for all of the potential arguments/outcomes, unlike in the NASL/USSF anti-trust case.  2) There are at this point many unanswered questions regarding the underlying facts. 3) While ...

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SaveTheCrew: Raising the Stakes

Yeah, so this is getting good. We have some big news out of Columbus, with an announcement from Mayor Ginther that Columbus Business Partnership CEO Alex Fischer has lined up potential purchasers, AND identified potential downtown stadium locations. And of even more interest, is a request that Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) and Major League Soccer ...

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SaveTheCrew: When is Notice, “Notice?”

Note: This story was inspired by a conversation I had on Twitter. See, it is good for something! We now know the deadline for PSV/MLS to respond to the complaint file by the City of Columbus has been rescheduled to April 19, 2018. At that point, we'll get a real look at the legal strategies PSV/MLS intend ...

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Deadline for PSV/MLS to Respond to SaveTheCrew Complaint Moved

Well, we have a couple of small updates to the #SaveTheCrew lawsuit. I previously estimated that the deadline for a response from PSV/MLS was around April 12, based on the date that the plaintiffs filed and served the amended complaint. Based on that, it looks like the parties (by agreement) have extended the deadline for PSV/MLS to ...

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A SaveTheCrew Procedural Update

Nothing earth-shattering here, but a couple of interesting procedural updates, in light of Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) and Major League Soccer (MLS) formally providing notice to the City of Columbus of their intent to cease playing at Mapfre Stadium in 2019, and also requesting bona fide offers for interested local parties to purchase the team. As I ...

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MLS and Anthony Precourt Put Columbus on Notice

Andrew Erickson just obtained a letter from PSV/MLS to the City of Columbus/State of Ohio (Friday evenings are for breaking/dumping news) regarding the lawsuit filed to prevent them from moving the Columbus Crew to Austin. Let's dig in, shall we? We'll go through this paragraph-by-paragraph: Your basic summary. We lawyers get paid by the word, after ...

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All’s Quiet on the #SaveTheCrew Front

This is a bit unexpected, though maybe not completely surprising. And things will probably change right as I publish this. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Counter Attack last week, that not only was he seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the move of the Columbus Crew to Austin, but also that a hearing ...

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Start Your Engines: #SaveTheCrew Versus PSV Moving Towards Hearing

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appeared on Counter Attack with Brian Dunseth and Tony Meola Thursday to discuss the lawsuit filed by the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio to preclude the Columbus Crew (PSV) from relocating, presumably to Austin, Texas. It was an interesting interview, and kudos to Brian and Tony for asking some very probing questions. In ...

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Columbus & Ohio Try to #SaveTheCrew

The move many thought was coming finally happened this week, as the City of Columbus and State of Ohio filed suit against Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer. The goal: Prevent the Columbus Crew from moving to Austin, at least without complying with local laws in Ohio. You can read a copy of the ...

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