Selig Says Sale of Chicago Cubs Up to Sam Zell—Really?

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Selig Says Sale of Chicago Cubs Up to Sam Zell—Really?

Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports) recently had a Q & A with Bud Selig about the ensuing Cubs deal. Here is how it went;

Rosenthal: Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, reportedly is one of five finalists to buy the Cubs. Some, including myself, believe that the baseball owners never would approve a nonconformist such as Cuban to be a member of their club.  

Selig: I've read that 1,000 times. None of that is true. People don't understand the ownership process. The ball is in the hands of the Tribune Company. They've got to vet a lot of people, as we do, then go through the bidding process. Then they will present anyone they want to us for approval.

(Tribune Co. CEO) Sam (Zell) knows what our economic rules are. We have a lot of 'em. We need 30 owners to approve it. We have had debates in the last 25 years about owners. Baseball has the authority to do that.

But it's a process. And (the Cuban talk) is way ahead of the process.

Ok, not bad, very diplomatic/democratic, but not really in line with some interesting facts that I was able to discover.

THE FACTS
Selig says the ball is in the hands of the Tribune. Really? Hmmm, how come the Tribune reported (link to article) this;

"If everybody's close in the bidding process, then people with the most inside connections will get it," said one potential buyer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because MLB does not want groups talking publicly about the sale of the Cubs.

An unbiased process? The Tribune also had this to report about the recent Red Sox deal;

"Major League Baseball was calling the shots here," Atty. Gen. Thomas Reilly said at the time at a news conference. "It's a club that you're dealing with here. It was very clear that certain people would not be accepted, and one would."

League officials said neither the league or Selig pressured the Red Sox to take Henry's bid. The Red Sox said the higher bid was unacceptable because, among other things, the partners in the group had not finalized a financing agreement. The attorney general later dropped his review of the sale.

Three deals after the Red Sox sale also involved well-connected individuals. California real estate developer Lewis Wolff, who bought the Oakland Athletics in 2005, went to the University of Wisconsin with Selig where they were fraternity brothers.

Nothing new here, but Selig needs to just come out and say the incest is rampant in the MLB. We all know it to be true, Bud, just admit. I guess we will learn in due time. But, for now, this is how I think it would have gone if Selig was telling the truth;

Rosenthal: Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, reportedly is one of five finalists to buy the Cubs. Some, including myself, believe that the baseball owners never would approve a nonconformist such as Cuban to be a member of their club.  

Selig: Huh? Ha, just kidding. Yes, I am going to do everything in my power to ensure that Cuban stays far away from Chicago. But, the media and fans are making it difficult for me. People don't understand anything about how the MLB really works; I run this thing, me, that's who. The ball is in my hands and all I have to do is snap my fingers and the MLB owners jump. Don't believe me? Ask Jerry R.

(Tribune Co. CEO) Sam (Zell) knows what our economic rules are. We have a lot of 'em. We need 30 owners to approve it and I have them all in my pocket. I, I mean we, put whomever we want in the owner's box.

But it's a process and I need to spin it in such a way that the fans do not know that I orchestrated the whole thing. Unless there is a sudden mutiny amongst the owners, Canning is going to be the next owner and for half of what Zell wants. Why? Because I can make it happen.

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