Crew to Austin in 2019..(Maybe)

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  1. Placid Casual

    Placid Casual Member+

    Apr 2, 2004
    Bentley's Roof
    Hmmmm....

     
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  2. Hamburgler03

    Hamburgler03 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is just smoke and mirrors until the move to Vegas
     
  3. Hamburgler03

    Hamburgler03 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And btw, the odds of this working to a stadium deal downtown are about 0.
     
  4. crewfan_in_columbus

    Feb 25, 2001
    Columbus is home
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Austin deal is done. This is just smoke and mirrors to justify the move. A stadium won't get done with public funding and we all know it. Precourt knows it too.
     
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  5. mateo319

    mateo319 Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Arace reports:

    "One source close to the team said a deal to host home games at the University of Texas is “all but done” for 2019. The source also said Precourt paid $68 million – above market value – for the team in 2013 because he entertained plans to move it. Another source said plans for a “pristine, waterfront development” in Austin is gaining impetus."
     
  6. Crew Chuck35

    Crew Chuck35 Member+

    Apr 13, 2009
    Gahanna, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well looks like I'm done with MLS in two years
     
  7. the_rickler

    the_rickler Member+

    Feb 9, 2013
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Yeah, me too. This is absolutely devastating.
     
  8. crewfan_in_columbus

    Feb 25, 2001
    Columbus is home
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why wait? I'll be done in two weeks.
     
  9. Hamburgler03

    Hamburgler03 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The more I read, the more I want to be sick
     
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  10. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Wow. Holy shit. This doesn't sound good.

    Someone needs to find the repeated public declarations from Precourt that this team won't leave Columbus. I remember it many times after he first bought the club, then did the "for Columbus" kit. These stories make it sound like that was all a ruse. And, if one of the reasons for leaving is "declining revenues and ticket sales"....dropping this bomb now is surely going to dent 2018 season ticket sales.
     
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  11. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    I was just thinking the other day that Texas needs a 3rd team....
     
  12. MFRONE

    MFRONE Member+

    Jul 24, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Does Precourt even have enough money to build a stadium on his own? I'm curious how he got a deal done in Austin if he's not selling off part of the team to finance a stadium.
     
  13. Crew Chuck35

    Crew Chuck35 Member+

    Apr 13, 2009
    Gahanna, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is there even talks underway to build a new stadium dowtown?
    Any chance he's just bluffing?
     
  14. Crew Chuck35

    Crew Chuck35 Member+

    Apr 13, 2009
    Gahanna, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Because Houston and Dallas are just busting at the seams in attendance as well.
     
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  15. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why wait two weeks?
     
  16. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not in Columbus, anyway. That's been proven.
     
  17. Crew Chuck35

    Crew Chuck35 Member+

    Apr 13, 2009
    Gahanna, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My god what a brutal week of soccer it's been for us.
    USMNT and now this!!!
    WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUUK
     
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  18. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Key lines from the Dispatch article for me:

    Totally sounds like the "downtown stadium" bit is a ploy. Austin is the goal.

    I'm gutted.
     
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  19. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
  20. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And maybe was all along--according to the article, his original contract to keep the Crew in Columbus for 10 years included one out. To Austin.

    Hard to believe that MLS would let their first team move--but it will be blamed on the city and not the owner.

    Oddly enough, that elephant in the room, the NFL, has only two original franchises left, neither of which play in their original cities. The NBA is a similar story with only the Knicks left from the 1950 league (and no, the Celtics do not count as they are actually the former Buffalo franchise)--all the other franchises from 1950 still exist but were moved at least once.

    And NO, I will not support FC Cincinnati if this happens.
     
  21. crewfan_in_columbus

    Feb 25, 2001
    Columbus is home
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm telling you.... the deal is done. They're gone after 2018. It's an absolute shit show.
     
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  22. zanycrew

    zanycrew Member

    May 2, 2001
    Roxbury, NJ
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I live in NJ now, but I saw my first Crew match at the ‘Shoe and have been to a bunch over the years at the Meadowlands and RBA. I still buy jerseys on a regular basis. This is ridiculous. We’re THE charter club. This is a Modell. I feel like someone hit me in the teeth with a sledgehammer.
     
  23. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    OK, one more question: Why now? Why have a press conference on the Tuesday before the final week of the season? What a distraction for the players as well as the fanbase for the playoff push. Is he trying to tank the season to have more ammunition to move? This is going to destroy morale.
     
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  24. KHT_Crew

    KHT_Crew Member+

    Mar 29, 2003
    Queen City, OH
    Well, having them win MLS Cup would be bad for his plans to move...

    Imagine: 2018, defending champions playing their last season in Columbus...
     
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  25. Crew Chuck35

    Crew Chuck35 Member+

    Apr 13, 2009
    Gahanna, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm sorry, did I read that right? We have people willing to buy the team from him to keep us here and he's demurrrrrrred?

    Go blow yourself Tony.

    Let me guess, the league can't say/won't do anything about this, right?
     

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