BOB: Rangers and Dodgers ownership newsby Brian Borawski
November 27, 2009
Rangers owner puts together his own teamIt’s not every day you put your team up for sale and you're one of the primary competitors. That’s just what Tom Hicks, owner of the Texas Rangers, said last week when he announced he was putting together his own team of investors that would allow him to keep majority ownership of the team. It was expected that five other groups were going to submit bids for the team and when they all came in, he’d evaluate those as well as his own to determine who would be the lucky winner.
Hicks has said all along he wanted to retain control of the team. His ownership group includes team president Nolan Ryan as well as former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. Staubach owned a very small part of the team back when George W. Bush was part of the Rangers picture. One name that’s been thrown out already is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The state of the economySuper agent Scott Boras and baseball chief of labor relations, Rob Manfred, got involved in a war of words last week. Scott Boras, in an attempt to get as much money for his players, talked about how baseball is still in a golden age and that teams are getting upwards of $80-90 million in revenue sharing every year that’s largely being pocketed by the teams. In the meantime, Manfred is discounting Boras’ claims; Bud Selig reiterated this earlier this week by claiming that some teams lost money in 2009.
Now everyone is fast forwarding to 2011 when the current collective bargaining agreement expires. If this distrust continues, things won’t be as harmonious as the previous set of negotiations. Of course it could be rectified if the teams just opened up their books, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Mobile BayBears have a new lookThe Mobile BayBears, the Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate, unveiled their new logo last week. The new logo honors the old Bears uniforms from the 1940s and is going to debut the same time that the club will open the Hank Aaron Home and Museum. Mobile has a rich baseball past—the city has hosted a team as far back as 1887.
A century of baseballWhile Fenway Park slowly creeps up on its 100th anniversary a few years from now, another ballpark will celebrate 100 years of baseball. On June 2, 2010, the Birmingham Barons will host the Tennessee Smokies in the 15th annual Rickwood Classic, the 100th anniversary of Rickwood Field. The Barons played at the ballpark from 1910 through 1987 and both teams will wear replica jerseys from that era.
Bud Selig chimes in on McCourtsI needed a little filler to round out my report and for now, I can always lean on the McCourts. The latest on the Los Angeles odd couple is that baseball commissioner Bud Selig once again came out in support of Frank McCourt, the current owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite what’s turning into a nasty divorce between himself and his wife Jamie. Selig said the team was in good hands but wouldn’t go as far as assuring that there wouldn’t be an effect. I’m not sure what prompted it, but Selig even assured everyone that the Dodgers would remain in Los Angeles, like that was even in question.
Brian Borawski is a member of SABR's Business of Baseball Committee and writes about the Detroit Tigers at his own website, TigerBlog. He welcomes comments, questions and suggestions via e-mail.