October 11, 2007

Phils For Sale?

It was reported yesterday in various Philadelphia news outlets that the Phillies' ownership group has decided to sell the team, and that the deal should be closed within 1-2 years. No new owner has been named, but the scenario put forward was that current silent partner Claire Betz will be bought out, with a new owner taking over, and some members of the current ownership group remaining part of the team.

The owners, for what it's worth, deny the story.

New ownership would benefit the Phils in many ways. Yes, the "Phillies are cheap" canard is untrue (Rich Hofmann has more on that), but the current owners are unquestionably tone-deaf, as demonstrated by numerous comments over the years, the handling of the Brett Myers debacle, and numerous other incidents over the years. But no, Philly- Mark Cuban isn't getting the team, or any other. Just forget about that one right now.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 11, 2007 04:33 PM
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