Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Caligiuri, Crew Play Down Report Of Imminent Deal
Columbus Dispatch, September 30th, 2008 2PM



The story that broke Monday in the Sports Business Journal about the Las Vegas Sports and Entertainment Group buying an undisclosed stake in the Columbus Crew was an exaggeration, according to both the team and Paul Caligiuri, the former U.S. national team player who is spokesman for the investor group. Shawn Mitchell reports both sides as attempting to play down talk of any potential deal.

Caligiuri had been quoted in the SBJ as saying that the deal is "pretty close to being in the final stages." Crew General Manager Mark McCullers told Mitchell, "This is something that is ongoing. For us, it's business as usual. This is not going to be a distraction. If it happens, great. It shows the value in the Columbus Crew and what we have been building."

Caligiuri wrote an e-mail to Mitchell saying the story was not accurate, though he didn't elaborate. "Not much to say," he wrote. "I believe I was misunderstood and [the information] was wrongly stated."

Although the initial report indicated that the Las Vegas group would not move the team, and that current majority owner, the Hunt Group, would continue to operate the team and retain its majority ownership status, the report has inevitably lead to speculation about the future of the loss-making Crew, despite the team having its own stadium. "Soccer-specific stadiums are still valuable and still not easy to get [built]," McCullers said. "I don't think moving the Crew is something the league is interested in doing." MLS would not comment because it doesn't consider the Crew's dealings to be "a league issue at the moment."

Rather than move the team to Las Vegas, the Caligiuri group may also be a step toward "building and filling a planned $500 million retractable-roof stadium and hotel/casino development," writes Mitchell. With the Crew as primary tenant, the stadium could also be used for the MLS All-Star game and (don't get too excited, folks) international exhibition games.

Read the original story...

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives