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savafan
06-27-2005, 11:04 AM
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash1.htm

Despite the Washington Nationals' successful start to the season, to some Capitol Hill Republicans there is a dark cloud on the Nats' horizon: the potential that their newly adopted home team could be purchased by billionaire financier George Soros!

Soros has joined an ownership bid being led by entrepreneur Jonathan Ledecky that is angling to take over the Nats, who are currently owned by Major League Baseball.

ROLL CALL reports: Soros pumped more than $20 million in the last cycle into groups seeking to unseat President Bush and elect Democrats and relates that the very prospect that Soros could have a stake in the team is enough to irritate Congressional Republicans.

"I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes," said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings.

Davis said that if a Soros sale went through, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt. I think it's Major League Baseball that gets hurt.

They enjoy all sorts of exemptions' from anti-trust laws. Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for a new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."

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Unassisted
06-27-2005, 11:07 AM
That's what I call hardball.

Selig knows which side his bread is buttered on. Soros won't get approved as an owner.

RedsBaron
06-27-2005, 11:17 AM
I don't care for Soros (unlike some here I don't actually "hate" people I disagree with politically), but I have absolutely no objection to his owning a team. His politics should be irrelevant to that issue.

smith288
06-27-2005, 11:20 AM
I will not comment on the subject but will on the thread...it wont last the day... :lol:

Chip R
06-27-2005, 11:24 AM
They enjoy all sorts of exemptions' from anti-trust laws. Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for a new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."
Sounds OK to me. If this guy's so rich he can damn well build his own stadium. But I think Unassisted is correct. If he scares Congress that much he won't be approved.

KronoRed
06-27-2005, 11:25 AM
Government should stay out of it.

Horrible plan.

RedFanAlways1966
06-27-2005, 11:44 AM
Soros pumped more than $20 million in the last cycle into groups seeking to unseat President Bush and elect Democrats

Mr. Soros has already shown the country and MLB that he spends like a fool and all that money gets wasted in the end and does not do any good for what it was meant to accomplish. The last thing MLB needs is some owner who spends like a madman and it backfires in his face. Been there, done that. Any person who tries to "buy" the most important election in this country with ridiculous spending is not worthy to own a MLB team IMO. It is his money, but fiscal responsiblity should account for something. Do you think the majority of MLB owners want to see some richman come in and raise the already ridiculous salaries of this league? Utility-guys making millions. That is exactly what a man like Soros would accomplish... all the while winning no championships (he lost the last he paid dearly to win).

It is ironic that Soros wants to buy the only team on the market in today's game.... the Washington Nationals. A town that currently has a Repub majority in both Houses and in the White House. A town where these politicians have major league sway. Guess, as the the saying goes, you make your bed and now you will lie in it. Oh well... hard to feel sorry for a guy who can afford to blow $20 mill on an election and still be filthy-stinking-rich. Good luck in his efforts. No sympathy from this MLB fan. None at all (go figure, eh?).

RBA
06-27-2005, 11:59 AM
Mr. Soros is a successful businessman. I see no reason why he couldn't continue to make sound business decisions when it comes to a baseball team.

Washington D.C. is heavily Democrat and D.C. went heavily for John Kerry the last election. His politics reflect the vast majority of the D.C. area.

registerthis
06-27-2005, 12:08 PM
Washington D.C. is heavily Democrat and D.C. went heavily for John Kerry the last election.
They did indeed. Politics shouldn't be included in this process, but if Soros is denied in his bid to own the team predominantly because he is a Democrat, there will be a lot of very unhappy people in the District and beyond.

I get the impression, though, that if Jack Abramoff or another successful Repuiblican donee were to place a bid, there'd be very little said about his politics.

RBA
06-27-2005, 12:15 PM
They did indeed. Politics shouldn't be included in this process, but if Soros is denied in his bid to own the team predominantly because he is a Democrat, there will be a lot of very unhappy people in the District and beyond.

I get the impression, though, that if Jack Abramoff or another successful Repuiblican donee were to place a bid, there'd be very little said about his politics.

Funny, how Gov. Ann Richards and the Democratic Controlled state house didn't do any belly aching when President Bush was part of the ownership group for the Texas Rangers.

Chip R
06-27-2005, 12:23 PM
Funny, how Gov. Ann Richards and the Democratic Controlled state house didn't do any belly aching when President Bush was part of the ownership group for the Texas Rangers.Probably because he wasn't that active in politics when he bought the team.

smith288
06-27-2005, 12:29 PM
Probably because he wasn't that active in politics when he bought the team. Foresight is 20/20. :lol:

Plus Bush was a minority owner and more of a public figure than any administrative role...love how he gets the blame for the Sosa trade... lol.

M2
06-27-2005, 12:35 PM
I've now become convinced that politics has become subordinate to political financing, that's what this is all about. Time to blow up the sandbox.

Give 'em no more than two terms in the House and one in the Senate. That way they won't have enough time to act like children.

RBA
06-27-2005, 12:41 PM
Foresight is 20/20. :lol:

Plus Bush was a minority owner and more of a public figure than any administrative role...love how he gets the blame for the Sosa trade... lol.

But he did make a hell of a lot of money from his initial measley investment.

Ravenlord
06-27-2005, 12:44 PM
But he did make a hell of a lot of money from his initial measley investment.ideally, that's how capitalism works.

REDREAD
06-27-2005, 12:49 PM
Give 'em no more than two terms in the House and one in the Senate. That way they won't have enough time to act like children.

Great idea. I'd even be willing to "grandfather" in all current congressmen and make them immune to term limits to get the bill passed (No congressman is going to vote himself out of a job).

It's sad, but the US government is proof that all governments become corrupt. We probably had the most idealistic people craft this form of government, and the corrupt people were able to break it pretty quickly.

RedFanAlways1966
06-27-2005, 02:03 PM
Politics shouldn't be included in this process, but if Soros is denied in his bid to own the team predominantly because he is a Democrat, there will be a lot of very unhappy people in the District and beyond.

You are probably right. There are a lot of people who still support and vote for D.C. Councilman Marian Berry (take another hit, Mayor Berry! or share with your lady-friend, the prostitute). But the town wanted a MLB team real bad. REAL BAD. Are we crazy enough to think they'd boycott b/c one man was not the owner of the team? Ask a true-blue Senators fan from days ago. If they did, then I'd mark that boycott as smart as voting for a prostitute-visiting, crack-smoking Mayor/Councilman.

Believe me... the people who actually live in the District of Columbia have a very small part of this money-making machine. A Senator from Ohio probably holds more sway in this team's buyers than a guy who lives and/or protests in the park across the street from the White House (although he is probably not an official resident of D.C.). D.C. is all about power. He/she who holds more power makes more decisions. Resident or not.

RBA
06-27-2005, 02:23 PM
Yes, it has been said newly elected Republicans think Washington is a Cess Pool. And after a few months they find it's a hot tub pool.

RedsBaron
06-27-2005, 02:36 PM
I will not comment on the subject but will on the thread...it wont last the day... :lol:
Well, it was moved to the non-baseball side.

registerthis
06-27-2005, 03:16 PM
You are probably right. There are a lot of people who still support and vote for D.C. Councilman Marian Berry (take another hit, Mayor Berry! or share with your lady-friend, the prostitute). But the town wanted a MLB team real bad. REAL BAD. Are we crazy enough to think they'd boycott b/c one man was not the owner of the team? Ask a true-blue Senators fan from days ago. If they did, then I'd mark that boycott as smart as voting for a prostitute-visiting, crack-smoking Mayor/Councilman.
Who said anything about a boycott?

I simply said they wouldn't be happy. People in this town are tired of political maneuverings over the Nats. Virtually the entire process to bring them here was a politically-charged nightmare. If Congress then decides to get involved and dictate to the Nats who CAN and CANNOT legally own the team, there will be a lot of PO'd fans. Will they boycott? Probably not...but it stands a pretty high likelihood of further inflaming fans who are already enraged over Peter Angelos's meddling with the club and the lack of even a mediocre TV/radio deal.


Believe me... the people who actually live in the District of Columbia have a very small part of this money-making machine.
You're right--it's the citizens from the abundantly wealthy suburbs around D.C. who will play a much larger part. Coincidentally, they, too, are strongly Democrat.

CrackerJack
06-27-2005, 07:18 PM
They enjoy all sorts of exemptions' from anti-trust laws. Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for a new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."

Quite sad that if this guy was a republican, none of this would be an issue I'm guessing, considering the balance of power in DC. He isn't saying "Soros" would be bad for baseball - just that Congress would "make it" bad for baseball if he were allowed to buy the franchise.

I wouldn't be suprised if Dems ruled the House and Senate and WH that they wouldn't make the same overtures.

This really shouldn't be a political issue, but unavoidable I guess these days. My guess is that there are 90% republican majority owners in MLB...although I'm guessing. Lindner himself a big contributor to the Bush cause.

Of course nothing like this can take place in DC without it becoming political somehow I suppose.

Falls City Beer
06-27-2005, 07:27 PM
Who said anything about a boycott?

I simply said they wouldn't be happy. People in this town are tired of political maneuverings over the Nats. Virtually the entire process to bring them here was a politically-charged nightmare. If Congress then decides to get involved and dictate to the Nats who CAN and CANNOT legally own the team, there will be a lot of PO'd fans. Will they boycott? Probably not...but it stands a pretty high likelihood of further inflaming fans who are already enraged over Peter Angelos's meddling with the club and the lack of even a mediocre TV/radio deal.


You're right--it's the citizens from the abundantly wealthy suburbs around D.C. who will play a much larger part. Coincidentally, they, too, are strongly Democrat.

You can almost hear the rustling of straw being stuffed into an old shirt. :devil:

http://www.costumecraze.com/images/vendors/rubies/18580-main.jpg

savafan
06-27-2005, 11:22 PM
Well, it was moved to the non-baseball side.

I know this involves politics, but how is it non-baseball? It's entirely baseball related.

Newport Red
06-27-2005, 11:56 PM
If he doesn't get the Nationals, a very good possibility for the next team up for sale is the Reds.

RBA
06-28-2005, 12:06 AM
I know this involves politics, but how is it non-baseball? It's entirely baseball related.

But the extremist radical republicans' implied backlash has made it political.

MWM
06-28-2005, 12:18 AM
I've now become convinced that politics has become subordinate to political financing, that's what this is all about. Time to blow up the sandbox.

Give 'em no more than two terms in the House and one in the Senate. That way they won't have enough time to act like children.

Bingo. I've been preaching the gospel of term limits on this site for quite some time now. Getting rid of carrer politicians, and making elections publicly funded would go a long way to correcting the train wreck that has become the US government.

Mutaman
06-28-2005, 12:41 AM
If he doesn't get the Nationals, a very good possibility for the next team up for sale is the Reds.

Oy, from your lips to God's ears. Please Mr. Soros buy the Reds. Give me back my summers. Rooting against the Yankees while I wait for football to start is a drag.

Ironic that us fans of a great historic franchise that has been run into the ground by the dreaded and horrible banana people would criticize any potential owner. i don't care who you sell to, Mr. Lindner, I don't care what his or her politics are, sell to Soros or sell to Rush Limbaugh, just sell. Give me back my baseball team.

GAC
06-28-2005, 10:00 AM
I don't care for Soros (unlike some here I don't actually "hate" people I disagree with politically), but I have absolutely no objection to his owning a team. His politics should be irrelevant to that issue.

I agree. Let him buy the Reds. :lol:

RBA
06-28-2005, 10:09 AM
I agree. Let him buy the Reds. :lol:

Maybe the Democrat can offer some therapy to the long suffering fans.

GAC
06-28-2005, 10:10 AM
He believes in entitlements. Well.... we're entitled to have a winner in Cincy! :lol: