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O'Malley Group Buys Padres For $800M; Purchase Includes Stake In Fox Sports SD
Published August 7, 2012
GOODWILL AMBASSADORS: In San Diego, Acee & Rowe write, “None of the four cousins have yet held prominent positions in professional sports." However, their "pedigree may buy them some goodwill and provide insight into the family business.” Observers predict Kevin O’Malley and Tom Seidler “will move to San Diego to lead the team’s day-to-day operations.” A source said that “this duo possesses many of the same traits that allowed previous O’Malleys to thrive in baseball” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/7). Padres manager Bud Black said, “It’s been much anticipated; I think it’s great. What we’ve heard of the group is all positive. I look for a smooth transition” (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 8/7).
OPEN ARMS: In San Diego, Kevin Acee writes, “Hallelujah. Welcome, O’Malleys and Seidlers. The mere mention of your family name fills us with hope. Now get to it.” Acee: "Tell us and show us you have the ways and means and desire” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/7).