Where can an owner move their football club 1,000 miles on a whim? America

Columbus Crew’s owner plans to move the team from Ohio to Texas. And MLS doesn’t appear too bothered about stopping him

Coming off the United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Major League Soccer fans needed good news. What they got instead was a blindside.

Last week, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl published a story detailing how Anthony Precourt, the California-based owner of Columbus Crew since 2013, had plans to move the team to Austin, Texas, over 1,000 miles away, in 2019. The stated purpose was to force the city of Columbus, Ohio, into giving the club a sweetheart tax deal on a new stadium in a downtown location. But the language of a press release from Columbus’ front office made the move sound like a done deal.

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