Sources: MLB Asks Orioles For Answers On Ownership Structure
MLB "wants to know who in the Orioles' ownership group is running the club, and how the team plans to operate in the future," according to sources cited by Ken Rosenthal of THE ATHLETIC. League officials are "not pushing the Orioles for an answer, knowing that owner Peter Angelos, 89, is in failing health and that his sons, John and Louis, seemingly are in charge." But sources said that the league, which has "not heard from Peter Angelos in the current calendar year, wants the Orioles to appoint a new control person by November or December." Sources added that at the moment, "even the extent of the sons' authority is unclear." John and Louis Angelos "do not speak to reporters, and declined to answer a question posed through the team's media relations department about whether the family has established who will run the team going forward." The uncertainty surrounding the Orioles comes at "not just the competitive low point in the franchise's 64-year history, but also a time when the team faces a series of potentially transformative events." One of those is the team's "six-year battle with the Nationals over television rights fees." Sources said that it is "headed toward a hearing before an arbitration panel of major-league owners in November." Sources also said that MLB's concern is the franchise's "current governance, not its long-term viability in Baltimore" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/13).