Less than two weeks after Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther
says there are prospective investors interested in purchasing MLS's Columbus Crew SC and multiple potential downtown stadium locations
identified as being suitable for a new soccer stadium, the Columbus Post-Dispatch confirmed
that MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott
MLS officials went to Columbus last month to meet with Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer
and potential local investors.
Abbott and and Fischer told The Dispatch the meeting
included a review of potential local stadium sites. Both described the meeting in positive terms. Abbott said it was "a productive meeting,” while Fischer said there were "very constructive
meetings and we intend to continue private conversations." Neither party would get into details.
Ginther's letter to Crew owner Anthony Precourt marked the first statement of local interest
since Precourt's Precourt Sports Ventures began
actively seeking a site for the team to build a stadium in Austin, Texas.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
and city of Columbus are in litigation with MLS and PSV
over the the so-called Modell Rule, which, if applicable,
would require PSV to give notice of six months before it can move and local parties the opportunity to purchase the team.