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ACKERLEY REPORTEDLY OUT AS INVESTOR IN THE MARLINS
Published December 18, 1997
The Ackerley Group "will not invest in the Marlins because the Seattle-based company cannot have the control it wants," according to Antonio Fins of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN- SENTINEL. The end of the negotiations with Ackerley "raises questions about how, or whether," Marlins President Don Smiley will be able to buy the team. Ackerley CEO & Sonics Owner Barry Ackerley said in a statement that he ended negotiations because the "proposed deal was not consistent with the Ackerley Group's investment criteria of having a leading ownership position in all its investments and acquisitions." Smiley had no comment (SUN-SENTINEL, 12/18). POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY: In FL, David O'Brien writes that Marlins Manager Jim Leyland has become "a more conspicuous proponent of a publicly supported baseball stadium than he was during the season." Leyland: "For some reason, people act like [Marlins Owner] Wayne Huizenga should take South Florida out to dinner every night. ... People have this perception you're building [a stadium] for some $8 million or $10 million ballplayer. That's absolutely not true. You're building it for the area" (SUN-SENTINEL, 12/18).