Browns owners save Columbus Crew from moving

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Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam have saved the Columbus Crew from moving to Austin, Texas. The Major League Soccer team is closing in on a deal to change ownership from Anthony Precourt to the Haslams and Columbus-area investor Dr. Pete Edwards.

“While there are many details to be worked out, our alliance is working diligently and collaboratively with Major League Soccer to keep the Crew in its community,” the Haslams, Edwards and the Columbus Partnership announced in a joint statement. “We are very excited about the quiet but deliberate progress that has been made to date and will keep the community updated as this process moves forward.”

Precourt announced his intentions to move the team to Austin on Oct. 17 of last year. A community campaign called “Save the Crew” began a campaign to keep them.

The Haslams, who bought the Browns in 2012, came to the rescue.

“We value and appreciate the benefits a professional sports franchise can bring to a community and are hopeful to be part of the solution to keep the Crew in Columbus,” the Haslams said in a statement. “We would invest in a strong infrastructure within the Crew organization so that we can continue our focus and commitment to building a winning Cleveland Browns football team in Northeast Ohio. We look forward to seeing how this process evolves.”

25 responses to “Browns owners save Columbus Crew from moving

  1. Great news! Austin tried to give away the farm and this just backfired on the liberal council! Serves them right! Thanks Haslams!

  2. Wonderful! Without much noise, the Haslams have been generous to numerous Cleveland area schools. For the past several years, Dee and Jimmy have funded the rebuilding of high school sports venues and programs.

  3. crush22 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    They need to get rid of that hoopty logo.
    It’s horrible.
    Upon further review…… They did.

  4. thefiesty1 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    Great news! Austin tried to give away the farm and this just backfired on the liberal council! Serves them right! Thanks Haslams!
    Haslam bought the team, but it’s freeing Precourt to start a new team in Austin. Austin will still get a team.

  5. whoop-de-doo…

    now maybe he will consider the homeless who sleep in the shadows of his $500M stadium taxpayers built;

  6. Jimmys first meeting: “okay, we gotta change the uniforms and make the yellow even YELLOWER!”

  7. Fine! But move the damn stadium! The current one is smack in the middle of several neighborhoods. Nothing around but homes. The noise is horrible. The traffic is a nightmare. At game times the Columbus police take over and suspend the traffic lights. I can tell you they care NOTHING about local traffic, only the people going to the game. At evening games God forbid you should work downtown and try to head north for home. The interstate is packed and Fourth St heading north is worse, and all secondary streets. Cops stop traffic on Hudson so people can turn into the stadium while traffic on 4th stops up all the way back to downtown. They also use the stadium for concerts and other events! Forget about going to bed at a decent hour. Get rid of that stadium. And what a stupid name, Mapfre or whatever the hell it is.

  8. Good for the Haslams, good for Columbus!!!! I have been leary of the Haslams since they first bought the Browns, being out-of-staters who might not appreciate the history and importance of the Browns to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, and while they have not been successful, they have nevertheless tried to do some good work. For those who don’t know, and especially for those of you whose only disposition is to close-mindedness and sarcasm, Columbus is an awesome town and soccer, aka football, is a great game to follow. If you choose not to watch it, that’s ok, that’s your choice and God bless you for it, but please keep your negativity to yourself. To tomny0970, great comment about the Browns finally finding a kicker!!! Go Crew!!!!!

  9. I’m not a big soccer fan but this is good news. Columbus has done a lot for the Crew and it’s good to see Columbus gets to keep them. It’s just another case of an owner holding a city hostage for more money. Austin better beware of the owner when he gets the expansion team. They can look forward to him extorting money from Austin on a yearly-basis.

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