I've had trouble understanding why Ryan is allowed to own minor league clubs affiliated with the Astros while serving as president of the Rangers. Seems like an obvious conflict of interest to me, not unlike owning a few Burger King locations while serving as the CEO of McDonalds.
Unassisted has a great point. Ryan owns minor league teams affiliated with the Astros while employed by another team. But commissioners who live in glass stadiums can't throw baseballs. Selig could tell Ryan he had to sell those teams but Ryan could tell him he owned the Brewers as commissioner. Back in the day, when Bill Veeck was trying to buy the White Sox for the first time, they wouldn't let Hank Greenburg be a part owner because he had debentures in the Indians. This one guy tried to buy the Orioles back in the 60s. Problem was he owned stock in CBS which owned the Yankees at the time. The AL was all set to approve him but Veeck and a couple others made such a fuss that the guy had to sell his CBS stock before buying the Orioles. Even if there is no hanky panky going on, it just looks bad to have even an appearance of a conflict of interest.
I had no idea the Rangers were worth this much.
George W Bush did quite a job increasing the value of that team since he was an owner 20 yrs ago, huh?
I said this at the time and I still stand by it: If I was him I would have kept my life as a MLB owner sitting in my box behind the Rangers dugout eating popcorn and never should have let the GOP talk him into running for Governor. I would have said "thanks folks for the confidence but this is the life for me. I'll leave the politics to my Dad and brother."
Now he can't easily leave his ranch in Crawford and he needs a legion of secret service around him anywhere he goes.
I wonder if he regrets that decision? This Fall he'll be making the rounds promoting his book. I hope someone asks him this.
This sale of the Rangers is turning into a huge mess.
The Metroplex is booming and the Texas economy hasn't really felt the effects of the recession. I buy my milk for $2.50 a gallon. It a simple metric, but we have low gas prices too. And lots of jobs it seems. And Arlington is a really nice ballpark to catch a game in, nicer than GABP imo.
Suck it up cupcake.