- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 30, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, Features
The Columbus Crew and Hunt Sports Group announced today that Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC has acquired the operating rights to the Crew. Hunt Sports Group has operated the Crew – Major League Soccer’s Charter Member – since 1996. Effective immediately, the Black & Gold become part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.
Clark Hunt stated during the press conference that originally the Crew only wanted to get a minority owner involved but over time the made more sense to sell the entire team to Anthony Precourt.
“Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV) is honored to become the new Investor-Operator of the Columbus Crew and thrilled to become a partner in Major League Soccer,” said Anthony Precourt, Managing Partner of PSV and the new Chairman of the Crew. “We have long believed in the ascension of soccer in the American sports-entertainment world, so stepping into a Charter Member of the League is an incredible moment. We thank the Hunt family for having the trust in us to become the Crew’s new steward. The Hunt family has done so much for MLS, and the development of the game in Ohio, and for that we thank them.
“We also appreciate the support we received from the League Office in bringing this together,” continued Precourt. “Most importantly, we want to recognize the Crew’s supporters and players, and let them know we aim to be successful, we plan to win, and we will be actively engaged members of the Columbus community. We look forward to earning your support every day, because without you none of this would be possible.”
Precourt comes from the San Francisco Bay Area and come into the league with more oil and energy money.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber echoed Hunt’s sentiment, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Precourt Sports Ventures as a new MLS owner,” said Commissioner Garber. “During the last several months, I have had the opportunity to get to know Anthony Precourt. I have been very impressed with his approach to business, his passion for the game and his commitment to joining our other owners in continuing to build the league and sport in North America.”
“I also thank the Hunt family for their commitment to the Crew since MLS launched in 1996,” Garber added. “As with many other innovations, Lamar Hunt’s decision to build Crew Stadium — the first soccer-specific stadium in the US — was a major turning point in the history of our sport. His children — Sharon, Lamar Jr., Clark and Dan — have continued their father’s leadership both in Columbus and in Dallas where the family will continue their ownership of FC Dallas.”