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Prospective Rangers Owners, Hicks Sports Creditors To Meet
Published February 1, 2010
|Greenberg Meeting With
Hicks Sports Creditors
THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB: FOXSPORTS.com's Jon Paul Morosi wrote Greenberg "must preside over a boom in attendance and fan interest" in order to build a championship team, but he is inheriting a "product worth marketing -- a young, increasingly homegrown team that wins and entertains." The team won 87 games last season, and with the addition of DH Vladimir Guerrero and P Rich Harden "should be even better in 2010." However, the team is "still looking for its first year of 3 million fans and its first postseason series victory." It also needs "better revenues to become a consistent winner." The Rangers' projected '10 payroll "will probably be a little under $68[M]" after reaching around $74M last year. Greenberg's ownership group was selected partially because Ryan is part of the group, but also because of Greenberg's "experience as the owner of successful, well-marketed minor league franchises." He plans to keep his ownership interests in the Single-A New York-Penn League State College Spikes and the Single-A Carolina League Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which "may be a good thing for the Rangers." Greenberg will "stay in touch with the fun and sometimes-corny world" of Minor League Baseball, which could "generate new ways of drawing people" to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (FOXSPORTS.com, 1/31). Penguins President David Morehouse said of Greenberg, "He brings experience from the bottom up. ... This is a unique guy to run a baseball team. He isn't jumping in from another business like a billionaire owner. He has learned the craft" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/31).
IF YOU REBUILD IT, THEY WILL COME: The Rangers this weekend held their annual Fan Fest, and in Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson reported that while fans "don't want to see many changes on the field," they are "hopeful that their voice will be heard as the new owners make a Rangers game a more enjoyable experience." Changes made last season to the "out-of-town scoreboard in left field and the ribbon paneling on the first deck added to the game experience." But a "new video board is on their wish list; so is a freeze on ticket prices and more interaction with players and the front office." The "good news" is that Greenberg "also wants to replace the giant screen that sits atop the right-field seats while keeping a Rangers game affordable for a family." Rangers season-ticket holder Nick Schneider said, "The change is going to be good. The restrictions that seemed to be in place with Mr. Hicks seem like they're going away, and I think that's going to free up not only a lot of money but some pent-up frustrations with the fans" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/30).
Ryan's Presence In Rangers Ownership
Group Brings Instant Credibility To Franchise
LOOKING FOR A BUS TICKET? FOXSPORTS.com's Morosi reported former NFLer Jerome Bettis "is exploring the possibility of joining" the Rangers as a minority investor. Bettis: "I wanted to get more involved after I met with Chuck and saw his passion for the team." A team source said that talks with Bettis "aren't serious at this point." However, both sides "should have time to work out details, since ownership of the club hasn't been transferred" yet. Morosi noted Bettis has "previously partnered with ... Greenberg in the ownership of minor league teams" (FOXSPORTS.com, 1/29).