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Crew owner eyes Austin if no new stadium

Columbus Crew's Ola Kamara slips the ball past Orlando City keeper Joe Bendik during their MLS soccer game in Orlando on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The owner of the Crew SC says the team will move to Austin, Texas, unless a new stadium is built in Columbus.

Precourt Sports Ventures, owner of the Major League Soccer club since 2013, said it "is exploring strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the club."

Ownership noted the team's "growing disparity" in attendance and corporate support compared with other MLS mid-size markets, such as Kansas City, Orlando, Portland and Salt Lake City.

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