August 02, 2010

Rupert Murdoch May Buy Texas Rangers: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is considering a bid for the bankrupt Texas Rangers, the New York Post reported today. News Corp already pays $35 million a year to broadcast the team's games. Other bidders include a Nolan Ryan-led group and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The Rangers go up for auction Wednesday with a starting bid of $307 million, but a sale price as high as $550 million is expected.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:22 PM - 6 comments

According to local papers, News Corp. might be interested in buying the Dallas Stars as well, another Hicks sports team. Essentially same reason. Most games are shown on Fox Sports and network fears that new owners may move games when current contract expires. Cuban's idea of a new network (or showing on HDNet) is interesting, but probably better to use leverage of multiple teams to drive up price for broadcast or cable rights.

posted by graymatters at 03:31 PM on August 02

C'mon Nolan. You can do it.

posted by beaverboard at 04:12 PM on August 02

C'mon Nolan. You can do it.

I hope so. I could see him returning to Alvin (read: Houston) if this doesn't go his and Greenberg's way.

posted by mjkredliner at 07:49 AM on August 03

Murdoch and Texas seem like a perfect match. They can have Anti-liberal Night. EVERY NIGHT.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:30 PM on August 03

They can have Anti-liberal Night. EVERY NIGHT.

Heh. Not a bad idea.

posted by mjkredliner at 08:26 AM on August 05

It would kill the team:

Playing with no left fielder, and the center fielder shaded toward right.

No left-handed pitchers.

No left-handed batters.

All batters are required to hit toward right, or at least to the first base side of second.

But then, these things could be an improvement if instituted league-wide.

posted by Howard_T at 03:33 PM on August 05

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