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Mickelson Investment In O'Malley Group's Padres Purchase To Be "Substantial"
Published August 8, 2012
FATHER KNOWS BEST: In California, Jay Paris writes of the O'Malley group's purchase of the Padres, "Baseball will wrap its arms around a name that is synonymous with baseball." O'Malley's sons, Kevin and Brian, and his nephews, Peter and Tom, "will handle much of the day-to-day operations." Padres manager Bud Black said, "The players are conditioned strongly to play. Their job description is to play, but there are a number of them in tune with the broader perspective. This sets a tone moving forward. It's exciting going forward." Former MLBer Don Newcombe, who played for the O'Malley-owned Dodgers in the '50s, "predicts the O'Malley group will interact with Padres fans as they once did Dodgers patrons." Newcombe: "To make grand things happen, you have to take care of people. That was such a great legacy from Walter O'Malley, for Peter and (his sister) Terry Seidler. So now they get to carry it on with their sons" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 8/8).
TOO RICH FOR TIGER'S BLOOD? Golfer Tiger Woods said of his interest in investing in a pro sports franchise, "Absolutely. I just need a lot more money. My teams are the Lakers, the Dodgers and the Raiders, so I've got to play really well." In Charlotte, Ron Green Jr. writes Woods' "buddy, Michael Jordan, might make a piece of the Charlotte Bobcats available." If rumors are true, Jordan "already has and Woods declined" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/8).