Precourt Sports Ventures acquires Columbus Crew from Hunt family
The Columbus Crew, one of the 10 charter MLS clubs, has been sold from the Hunt Sports Group to Precourt Sports Ventures.
PSV managing partner Anthony Precourt will immediately take over as 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,” Precourt said in a statement.
After owning three MLS franchises, the Hunt family now has one to its name, FC Dallas. The family sold the Kansas City Wizards, since renamed Sporting Kansas City, in 2006. Lamar Hunt was a principle founder of MLS in 1996.
“Although we are very pleased to welcome Anthony to MLS, today is somewhat bittersweet for our family because of how much we love the Crew,” Clark Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Sports Group, said in a statement. “On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank the city of Columbus, the state of Ohio, the Crew players, coaches and staff, and most importantly, the Crew supporters for cultivating one of the most iconic clubs in MLS and allowing us to be a part of it.”
The Crew won the MLS cup in 2008.