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Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:55 pm
 
CraneBy Evan Brunell

Jim Crane's ownership of the Astros has been delayed, as MLB owners will not vote on Crane's takeover this week as planned, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Commissioner Bud Selig still isn't comfortable with recommending Crane to the rest of the owners for approval despite three months of research.

“The standard due diligence that must be completed before any transaction of this magnitude can close remains ongoing,” MLB said in a statement. “Because that procedure is continuing, it is not expected that the proposed sale of the Astros will go to the approval process at this week’s owners meetings. Major League Baseball will continue to work as expeditiously as possible to complete the process.”

A source said he believed that Crane would eventually be approved, but "just [doesn't] know" if he will in actuality be approved, which has to be sobering news for current owner Drayton McLane, who has been trying to sell the 'Stros for some time now. The source did caution that the delay has nothing to do with a possible rejection of Crane; simply that the process has been delayed.

McLane was caught by surprise at the news, it has been said, as he was so certain Crane would be approved that McLane sought the hopeful owner's opinion on recent moves the Astros made, such as dealing outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn as well as firing pitching coach Brad Arnsberg.

The holdup doesn't appear to be due to financing the sale, but rather Crane's history of discriminatory practices with one of his companies in 1997, with thousands of complaints against Eagle USA Airfreight dealing with minority and female hiring practices. A judge found 203 of 2,073 claims to have merit, and Eagle was also sued 11 times in federal employment discrimination cases. Crane dismissed the issue back in May, but clearly MLB is taking it seriously. Commissioner Bud Selig is especially sensitive to the issues of minority and female hiring. Crane is also linked to war profiteering, with Eagle Global Logistics alleged to have inflated the cost of military shipments to Iraq. Eagle Global Logistics paid $4 million to settle the issue.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

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Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

Sounds like this neocon wannbe owner would be very bad for baseball.....His type is doing a good job at trying to kill the best country in the world.....

Good job Bud, you finally did something good for once if this deal falls through, but if he does get this team then i think he will keep running this team into the ground while trying to pocket money that other teams create for the league.....and unfortunatly the Astros fans will suffer somemore by these type of owners....Hell he would probably keep that horrible GM Wade.....Frown

The Astros fans deserve an owner who would want to build a winning franchise....



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

While it pains me to give credit to Bud Selig for doing what appears (at an arm's length) the right thing, I still have a question or two.

What took MLB so long to determine that Jim Crane just might not be the kind of man you want owning a major league franchise?  A simple Google search turns up news articles on discrimination lawsuits, conflicts with the U.S. Justice Department, and allegations of inflated bills being submitted to the Pentagon.  I can understand that MLB lawyers have to do their due diligence and follow the facts, not online rumors.  But seriously, Crane has been in the pipeline as a potential owner of the Astros for over three months now.  How long can it possibly take to investigate a man's business background-- especially one that has been confronted in a courtroom in 2000 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a co-plaintiff and one that settled war profiteering charges with the Justice Department in 2006.  The details are out there if you're just willing to ask the right people the right questions.

I'll take it one step further.  Jim Crane also bailed out at the last minute in 2008 in an attempt to buy the Astros with no reasons ever given publicly.  Wouldn't MLB have done its due diligence back then?  Drayton McLane's spokespeople have admitted to having press releases already prepared back in '08 ready for publication because they were convinced the deal was all but finished.  If MLB had a problem back then, don't you think McLane would have been notified?

This is also the same Jim Crane who submitted the only other MLB-approved offer to buy the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks in the summer of 2010.  If MLB had approved of Crane financially but not ethically or personally, why was he allowed to submit possibly binding bids at public auction?  MLB has made it very clear lately that they have a strong hand in selecting owners for their little club.  If Crane was "approved" then, why not now?  None of these stories about discrimination, racism, and war profiteering are new -- the stories are all five to thirteen to fourteen years old.  We're not exactly upturning stones that have never been found before.

Just when I'd like to go and give MLB and Bud Selig credit for doing the right thing, they go and screw it up when you look a little deeper.  How can such a great game be run by such incompetent boobs?



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

You must have read another article. I hate Selig too, but you sound like a ranting lunatic in railing against Selig, especially when the article indicates that Selig is actually doing the *right* thing here - if the company has a history of WAR PROFITEERING, and gender or racial discrimination, then they should not be allowed to own an MLB team. 

But hey - good job sounding insane by writing 19 words of utter nonsense, completely unrelated to the printed article you just (didn't) read. I must have missed the paragraph where it said Selig was going to personally profit off of this transaction. 

hmmm.... 



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Approval of Crane as new Astros owner delayed

Bud selig is such a worthless corrupt scumball...probably wants jim carne to pay him off...selig is a disgrace


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