COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Major League Soccer and the owner of the Columbus Crew say they’re reviewing a lawsuit that Ohio’s attorney general and the city of Columbus filed to stop the proposed team move to Austin, Texas.
The sports entities said Tuesday they’re disappointed that litigation was chosen rather than encouraging “constructive discussions” about the team’s future. They say they’re still willing to determine if there’s a “legitimate plan” to make the team viable.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Dies After Found Shot In Fort Worth Neighborhood
The lawsuit, announced Monday, cites a law that prohibits sports teams that have received public money from moving unless certain conditions are met. It was enacted after the original Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.READ MORE: House Fire In Collin County Believed To Be Caused By Lightning
The law says teams using publicly supported facilities must provide six months of advance notice of a move and give cities or residents near sports facilities a chance to buy the team.MORE NEWS: Police: 14 Injured In Shooting In Downtown Austin, 1 Suspect In Custody
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