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AS BASEBALL RETURNS, WILL THERE BE A PAYBACK FOR PETER?
Published April 24, 1995
In a front page piece in Sunday's Baltimore SUN, Brad Snyder & Mark Hyman examine "whether Peter Angelos' fellow baseball owners will try to punish him." While potential problems such as other teams' reluctance to trade with the Orioles are noted, the most damage MLB owners could inflict would be rewarding an NL expansion team to the DC Metro area. Brewers Senior VP Sal Bando: "If I am in the American League and he has caused this problem, I'm going to make it hard on him because he made it hard on us." Former MLBPA head Marvin Miller agreed that Angelos will face problems from other owners. Miller: "They are going to give him something to worry about. ... Eventually they will have a tool with which to punish him." While Angelos claims "his investment is relatively insulated" from an expansion to the DC area, where the team draws 25% of its season ticket base, former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent disagrees. Vincent: "If they put a team in Washington, the value of his franchise is hurt very badly, and it would be very hard for him to do much about it legally because all the Washington powers are going to want a team. He would have very little recourse." The Phillies' Bill Giles and the Yankees' George Steinbrenner, themselves past outcasts, predict Angelos will learn "how to play the ownership game," but Angelos disagrees. Angelos: "I did not buy the Orioles to become a member of baseball's inner circle" (Baltimore SUN, 4/23). WHAT ABOUT FOOTBALL?: In a sidebar, the SUN's Jon Morgan asks, "If Peter Angelos has made enemies among his baseball partners, how is he likely to be received by the National Football League?" Angelos, leading Baltimore's drive to land an NFL team, has offered to purchase a full or minority share of any team interested in moving to Baltimore. However, some "worry" that the "conservative" NFL "may find his style too abrasive and look for an excuse to keep him out." NFL Cardinals General Counsel Thomas Guilfoil: "Certainly the owners want someone who would be a compatible partner and would not have the appearance of going out on their own." However, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones says, "I'm very interested in getting people such as Mr. Angelos involved in the NFL" (Baltimore SUN, 4/23).