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Miki TurnerBy Miki Turner
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Miki TurnerBy Miki Turner
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$5,999
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About

On October 17, 2017 Anthony Precourt announced his intent to relocate the Columbus Crew, the first soccer franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS) to Austin, Texas. Sports teams being relocated are nothing new, but an obscure law was invoked by the people of Ohio to try to stop it. What followed was an unprecedented fight in the ever-changing business of sports-and soccer-in the United States. 

My book will explore the origins of MLS and the Crew -a team that may think the league never really wanted and no long need. It will investigate the sale of the team to the current owner who wants to move the team, the city (Austin) that now finds itself in the middle of the fight, the fans who are fighting to keep the team, the lawyers trying to save it and a long-forgotten law passed in the aftermath of another relocation, which could have a profound impact on sports franchise relocation going forward.

For this project, I will be traveling to Ohio and Texas (and New York potentially) to conduct research and interviews with all of the players, to get a behind-the-scenes account of what led to this fight. Having covered this case since the relocation was announced, I've written dozens of articles on this story. I've been out to Columbus once already to cover legal hearings, and I'm looking forward to telling this story in long-form. There are so many stories to tell from all sides that I believe it will make for an engaging, informative read when it is finished. I think it's a story that needs to be told.

In addition to the travel and research, I've budgeted for the other necessary components required to publish this book, so if the funding pledge is met, I'll be able to start immediately. I've cultivated a number of contacts that will assist me in completing this project in a timely manner. This is an interesting case because the lawsuit is ongoing; thus, the reason for the need to travel. Though I have been following this case since the beginning, writing a book while the story is still ongoing will present an interesting challenge, because the ending could be a happy or sad one, depending on your point of view. Either way, it will be an interesting journey.

Risks and challenges

The main challenges in writing this story will be getting access to certain parties. While I'm confident I'll be able to talk to most of the people involved, there is ongoing litigation which could limit the ability to get some people on the record. However, with the case apparently resolved, that should not be an issue by and large.

Beyond that I don't anticipate any other major concerns.

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    Design the book cover

    If you're more artistic, this reward will see your work on the cover of my book. We'll collaborate on an amazing cover that captures the story I'm writing. There will be some legal limitations on this one (neither of us want to get sued of course), but beyond that, your imagination is the limit. You'll get full credit on the cover as well! You'll also get ten copies of the book to share with friends/family.

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Funding period

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