01-03-2003, 04:51 PM
Derek Zumsteg writes on a new ownership group looking to buy the Spos and move them to the DC area,and why he thinks it is a great idea. (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/20030103balls.shtml)
01-03-2003, 05:09 PM
Since the players have rolled over and exposed their vulnerable belly and throat in surrender this year, things may have changed. John Henry, the Red Sox owner, told our own Jonah Keri that agreeing with the hard-line owners was not a screening criterion:
"The owners' first concern is whether or not an incoming owner has the financial wherewithal to operate and backstop a major league franchise. Once that concern is satisfied, owners are researched to find out what their history of community involvement has been, what abilities they have organizationally, what their business plan for the franchise is, how the purchase is structured, who are the partners - all of this in addition to serious inquiry into the ethical, legal, media, credit, related-party backgrounds etc. Many factors are looked at over a period of many months and more often than you might imagine, people are turned down as prospective owners even after they have a deal to purchase a team."
What a novel concept! Actually looking at whether they can afford to run a team, are actually involved in their communitites, and actually have a business plan instead of just being a hard-liner and to hell with the other factors!
"I'll have you know that these criteria went through over my most vehement protests."
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