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The owners of the Cleveland Browns are officially in the major league soccer business. Dee and Jimmy Haslam completed their purchase of the Columbus Crew this month. The deal saved the team from being relocated to Austin.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said the move was good for Jimmy Haslam's reputation, which has taken a hit throughout his tenure as owner of the Browns.

Saved! MLS Reaches Deal To Sell Columbus Crew

Dec 28, 2018

The Crew has been saved. Major League Soccer announced Friday that it reached an agreement with investors to purchase and take control of the Columbus Crew beginning next month.

Soccer team Columbus Crew
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State lawmakers have proposed sending $15 million to the Columbus Crew to help build their new stadium. One legislator said this is a crucial moment in the Save The Crew movement.

Fans, businesses, and policymakers have been scrambling to keep the soccer team in Columbus after its owner said he wanted to relocate to Austin.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, December 7:

Soccer team Columbus Crew
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The lawsuit filed by the state over the possible move of Columbus’ major league professional soccer franchise could be the first test of a law that’s more than 20 years old. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on the suit involving the 1996 measure passed after owner Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.