Will The Crew Stay Put? "Absolutely," New Owner Tells Mayor
The Columbus Crew have a new owner. The major league soccer team has been sold by the Hunt Sports Group to Precourt Sports Ventures. Crew management billed the announcement as the biggest in the clubâs history. The news was delivered by Clark Hunt whose family has owned The Crew for almost 20 years. âWe are officially announcing that we have sold the team to Anthony Precourt,â? Hunt said. Precourt is a 43-year-old California businessman. There have been widespread rumors that the crew might relocate to another city. But Precourt said repeatedly during remarks at Crew Stadium that he has no plans to do so. âI see so much opportunity here in Columbus. Itâs a dynamic growing city and we have all the resources we need to make The Crew relevant locally and nationally,â? Precourt said. âAll you need to know is that Iâm very committed to Columbus and Iâm here with you,â? Precourt added. âWeâre excited about rolling up our sleeves here in Columbus, being a part of this dynamic community and working hard to build the clubâs reputation,â? Precourt said. Columbus mayor Michael Coleman says he was personally assured by Precourt that The Crew would be staying. âYou know my first question was, âIs The Crew staying in Columbus?â And he said, âAbsolutely. The Crew is in Columbus to stay,ââ? Coleman said. While Clark Hunt described the day as âbittersweet,â? new owner Anthony Precourt was optimistic. âWe want to be a playoff team every year and we want to win championships; thatâs what weâre here for. Iâd be lying if I didnât say Iâm here to win,â? Precourt said. Precourt says he wonât be moving to Columbus from the Bay Area, but he promised not to be an absentee owner. Precourt declined to disclose the purchase price.