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Soros Wasn’t Cut From MLB/Nats Bidding

From the archives of a memory free Washington Post:

Soros’s Nats Bid Irks Republicans

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Major League Baseball hasn’t narrowed the list of the eight bidders seeking to buy the Washington Nationals and some Republicans on Capitol Hill already are hinting at revoking the league’s antitrust exemption if billionaire financier George Soros , an ardent critic of President Bush and supporter of liberal causes, buys the team.

"It’s not necessarily smart business sense to have anybody who is so polarizing in the political world," Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-N.Y.) said. "That goes for anybody, but especially as it relates to Major League Baseball because it’s one of the few businesses that get incredibly special treatment from Congress and the federal government."

Rep. Tom M. Davis III (R-Va.), who was a strong supporter of bringing a baseball team to Virginia, told Roll Call yesterday that "Major League Baseball understands the stakes" if Soros buys the team. "I don’t think they want to get involved in a political fight."

Democrats weren’t about to let the broadsides go unanswered.

"Why should politics have anything to do with who owns the team," Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) asked. "So Congress is going to get involved in every baseball ownership decision? Are they next going to worry about a manager they don’t like? I’ve never seen anything as impotent as a congressman threatening the baseball exemption. It gets threatened half a dozen times a year, and our batting average threatening the exemption is zero."

Davis didn’t return calls to his office, but spokesman Robert White said, "The point [Davis] was making was how it would look if Major League Baseball sells the hottest team in the market to a guy who spent more money than the gross domestic product of Colombia to legitimize drugs."

Davis chairs the Committee on Government Reform, which recently held high-profile hearings on steroid use in professional and amateur sports.

Soros has supported the legalization of some drugs as a way to combat their illegal abuse. A Soros spokesman, Michael Vachon , said the financier was out of the country and declined to comment.

Washington entrepreneur Jonathan Ledecky , who heads the bidding group that Soros joined, said in an e-mail: "America’s pastime should be protected from the rhetoric of partisan politics. It’s unfortunate that the negativism that permeates national politics today is infecting Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals."

Baseball is interviewing lead members of the eight groups that have filed bids to buy the Nationals, who are owned by the league. Most of the bids are believed to range between $300 million and $400 million, with a couple exceeding $400 million, according to sources familiar with the sale process.

"We’re going to act and make a decision in the best interest of the franchise and the best interests of the game," MLB spokesman Rich Levin said.

As far as we know, Mr. Ledecky (who is a conservative) did not drop Mr. Soros from his team of investors.

As it turns out, the Nationals were sold to another group.

But there are no reports to indicate that the involvement of Mr. Soros has any bearing on the decision.

For the record, Mr. Soros was one of the chief investors in MLS when the soccer league was launched in 1996. His company was involved in running the D.C. United team.

(Which is kind of an ironic name, when you think about it.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Soros Wasn’t Cut From MLB/Nats Bidding”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    So the economy is in the gutter, unemployment & foreclosures keep rising, the country (and sadly NO) is dividing even further and further, our Troops in Iraq are being ignored & wasted and those in Afghanistan are being cut down by vapid ROEs, the Detroit ignorant pathetic people actually think that Obama is giving away his own money, the despicable in Congress are figuring out ways to shove Obamacare down the throats of the American people against their will – and MLB buyers is all that Congress can focus on?

    No wonder America is sliding face first into hell – it’s being shoved there by a crowd of duplicitous and spineless evil doers.

    God Help America.

  2. proreason says:

    Rush might have been scammed on this.

    People are honing in on the person/group who put the false quotes in Wikipedia in the first place. It’s a law firm in New York.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    I will be forever grateful to have been born in a Country that allowed me to pursue my every dream!

    I am deeply saddened – for myself, for my children, and theirs – that that Country and that ability is (seemingly as of now) deteriating and heading to dangerous, dangerous crossroads.

    You are absolutely right on Wardmama … “America is sliding face first into hell – it’s being shoved there by a crowd of duplicitous and spineless evil doers.”

    And again spot on when you say … “God Help America”!!! … and keep our Troops safe!!!

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Isn’t Soros wanted in Euraope as Polanski is wanted here?

    Just aksing.

  5. aprilnovember811 says:

    Sheila Jackson Lee used the floor of Congress the other day to attack a private citizen. The private citizen Rush Limbaugh is paying for the upkeep of that floor, with the money he works for. She stood their on the taxpayer’s dime, encouraging the NFL, to not allow Rush Limbaugh to invest in a sports team. George Soros was stealing from the Hungarian Jews, while they were being taken to Concentration camps, in the 1940’s at the age of 14.
    For a long time now, the leftists in this country have been using bully tactics against concervatives whether they are private citizens, or conservative members of Congress. Conservatives don’t really like using sleazy tactics, but there comes a time, when the only thing that will work is mirroring their behavior. If you want someone to stop something, mirror their behavior. If they’re going to dish it out, they damn well better learn to take it. I don’t like it either, and in a perfect world, no one would bully, but if a bully is going to strike, he better be prepared to be struck back.

  6. aprilnovember811 says:

    George Soros, is know as an economic war criminal in Thailand, and he is accused of causing the collapse of the Bank of England. Who do you think is behind the attempted collapse of the American Dollar, Soros, although for some reason, the US, lets him continue. Look what happened last fall, in the following link. Was the timing just a coincidence or was someone so intent that their candidate win? Soros is the man behind the teleprompter.
    Record fine for Soros ‘illegal manipulation of financial markets’

    http://www.questionsquestions.net/docs04/engdahl-soros.html An interesting article on Soros. He’s a thief.

    • proreason says:

      Soros was also convicted of market manipulation by Hungrary for guess what?

      Yep, his activities in the fall of 2008.

      What a shock. Huh?

  7. BigOil says:

    It is truly laughable to hear democrats decry government involvement in professional sports matters. These are the same democrats that hauled in baseball players for hearings on steroids.

    Watch for the mad rush by democrats as they come to the aid of Obama’s buddy, NFLPA union boss Demaurice Smith, when he comes calling for intervention on behalf of his union…against NFL owners.

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