Bexar County Won't Sue MLS Over Soccer Expansion

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the county will not sue Major League Soccer over the way it handled the expected move of the Columbus franchise to Austin, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The Bexar County District Attorney's office and outside adviser Mikal Watts have completed their investigation, and they say while 'the MLS process was unfair, unethical,  and duplicitous,' Bexar County does not have a course of action because Spurs Sports and Entertainment withdrew their application to be considered in the current round of expansion, a decision SS&E made 'unilaterally,' according to the report.

"Regardless of whether the MLS expansion process was fraudulent, Bexar County's application partner's request that the application not be considered in the current two-team expansion decision, acts as a de facto denial of the application," the Watts report concludes.

Wolff had said suing the MLS was a possibility, because MLS officials had told him that 'San Antonio had a clear path' to an expansion franchise, even when they knew that the Columbus team was negotiating the possible move of the franchise.  Wolff says acting on that advice, the County purchased Toyota Field for use as a possible MLS venue.

Obviously the MLS would not be interested in two franchises within 70 miles of each other.

"We will wait until the next MLS expansion round and reassess our options at that time. In the meantime, I ask that soccer fans continue to support San Antonio FC." Wolff said.

But the Watts Report states that, "MLS may have never intended to award a franchise to San Antonio."

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