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Drayton McLane Says He Has No Firm Desire To Sell Astros
Published January 14, 2010
|Astros Owner Puts Chances Of Sale At Less Than 50%|
FINAL HURDLES: MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan noted the 30-day exclusive negotiating period granted to prospective MLB Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg ends Friday, and "one significant issue that remains is how big of a role" Rangers Owner Tom Hicks "will play in the new ownership group." Hicks yesterday made it clear that he and his family "will remain a significant investor in any new ownership group." Hicks: "You're not getting rid of us." Hicks "could be the second largest investor in the group." But it is "still unknown what role Hicks will have," and "word is the negotiations have been complicated" (MLB.com, 1/13). In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the Rangers fan base "just assumes that the transition from" Hicks to the Greenberg group, which includes Rangers President Nolan Ryan, "is a done deal." But the job "isn't done." Three things could be announced late Friday or sometime Saturday: An agreement is "reached, the process moves to baseball's ownership committee, and Greenberg-Ryan is that much closer to seizing control;" an agreement "isn't reached, but both sides pledge to continue working toward one by the start of spring training;" or Hicks "casts aside public sentiment and the momentum generated the past month by announcing that he is seeking another investment group" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/14).