I posted last night before falling asleep and had no time to check until tonight. I appreciate the commentary from those with insights into the dormant commerce clause.
I also take the criticism of the quality of the post to heart. This is too little too later, but trying to show good faith.
- The Crew are an original member of the MLS, and have an avid fan base.
- Neighbors, who are avid fans, have told me for years that moving the team was Precourt's (the new crew owner) intention from the day he purchased the crew. The theory is that it was cheaper to buy and move the crew than to pay the MLS expansion fee. This appears to be supported by contract language specifically enabling him to move to Austin.
- This lawsuit appears to be the last Hail Mary to try and preserve the team here in Columbus. The filing of the lawsuit has been on most news reports, but with little substantive evidence of whether it is viable.
I gather from the posts below it is unlikely to work, and while disappointing, it is not unexpected. I hope the courts decide to honor the intention of the law, but understand better why they likely will not.