Centerville football website operator turns over site after being sued

There will now be just one Centerville High School football website after the operator of elksfootball.com decided to turn over the site to the Centerville Quarterback Club.

The booster club had sued Michael Gregg — the son of longtime Centerville coach Bob Gregg — in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The civil lawsuit filed earlier this month sought temporary, preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting Gregg from operating the website that began in 1997. The booster club also was seeking damages estimated at more than $10,000 in costs associated with creating and maintaining the centervilleelksfootball.com website.

“That website’s not that valuable for me anymore,” Gregg said Friday. “I’m getting all my business off these bigger schools out in L.A. and Chicago and Texas, and so it really wasn’t that valuable to me anymore — (not) valuable enough to fight it.”

Gregg said he turned over the registration to the booster club after consulting an attorney who suggested that, unless the website was a big moneymaker, to abandon it and contact the Centerville Quarterback Club.

“That’s what I did,” Gregg said. “I called them up and said, ‘Hey, you know, let’s just resolve this.’”

Gregg said he started the website and didn’t receive any help from the booster club until three years later. He operated the site until 2013, when Gregg said he didn’t attend a meeting that included newer booster club members who had questions about the website.

“Apparently, somebody in there got in a huff about that and went to the meeting and said, ‘Let’s start our own website. We don’t like Mike Gregg anymore,” Gregg said. “So they did and they call me up and say, ‘Will you take your website down?’ “

Gregg didn’t take it down and the club filed suit, which said Gregg “breached his agreement with the CQBC by failing to provide the website hosting services which he was obligated to provide.”

The attorney for the Centerville Quarterback Club declined to comment Friday.

Gregg said he always owned the domain name — despite an email he sent to another individual claiming the club did — and that he’d assist in people being directed to the centervilleelksfootball.com website in case they visit the old web address.

“I think it’s kind of petty and kind of childish of them,” Gregg said. “But, to me, I have no hard feelings.”

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