When discussing Crew SC’s importance to Columbus, it is necessary to first understand Columbus, the city in which I’ve spent most of my life. Columbus is quintessentially Midwestern, in layout, population temperament, and ice cream selection. It will never be New York or Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t keep occasionally trying to compete, sometimes at the cost of its own communities. At the same time, Columbus has almost always been a place where those who have been displaced—by urgent desire or by circumstances beyond their control—can resettle and find comfort.
How connected do you feel to Columbus at this point?
I feel extremely connected I mean I feel like part of the family. I mean again, Crew now stands for one big family.
We’re here to win. One of the reasons I cite the Green Bay Packers is they are globally relevant, they are nationally relevant, for a small market. Why are they relevant? Because they win, on a consistent basis. And they’ve got great fans. And I think our community has great fans…We want to be that type of club, that’s the type of club that we strive for…
The deal will run from 2015 through 2022. John Ourand and Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal report that it will bring in a total of $720 million over the eight-year contract. ESPN and Fox will pay a combined $75 million a year, and Univision will pay $15 million a year.
Today, City Council voted unanimously to approve multiple items required to move forward with the purchase of the Toyota Field.
Councilman Mike Gallagher remarked: “This is a special day for San Antonio. I deeply appreciate the help of Gordon Hartman, Bexar County, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, and my fellow Council members for their efforts in securing the purchase of Toyota Field. Taking an existing facility and expanding its capabilities is a great course of action to take, rather than building a new facility from the ground up. MLS is already a part of our lives here in San Antonio. Our residents are enthusiastic fans, and we would do well to bring MLS to our entire community.”
SS&E agreed to a 20-year lease to run all operations within Toyota Field, while also pursuing an MLS franchise. Spurs Sports & Entertainment plans to operate a minor league USL franchise next year.