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Peter Angelos loves having the Nats nearby

May 21, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

Peter Angelos.jpgRemember several years ago when Major League Baseball was getting ready to move the Expos to Washington and Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos — a trial lawyer by trade — threatened to sue until Hell wouldn’t have if if his precious territory was invaded?  Yeah, he’s over that now, saying today just how wonderful it is to have the Nats nearby, fostering a budding rivalry and all of that.

Of course he’s quite honest about the fact that the TV deal which was hammered out between the Orioles and Nationals — the Orioles own a majority share in MASN, which broadcasts Nats games — is what made all the difference, saying “What’s good for the Nationals is good for MASN,”

It’s a simple lesson: money greases the skids for franchise movement.  You wonder why Bud Selig’s committee has taken so long to recommend what to do with the Athletics?  It’s because they still haven’t found the right deal to buy off the Giants’ opposition to the A’s in San Jose.  Once that’s done, though, everyone will likely forget all the acrimony and wonder how it every worked any other way.

  1. APBA Guy - May 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Angelos’ comments are proof positive that it’s a business first and winning is secondary to many owners. I doubt that O’s fans, the few that are left, can remember their last winning season.

  2. adam - May 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    because for so many years every owner was just trying to lose money. that’s why the suppressed salaries, didn’t have free agency and were involved in collusion. it was because winning was #1. get real.
    you know why the owner wants to win? to get to the postseason. because there they are banking in every game because they’re not paying the players for those games, their salary is only earned during the regular season. so winning is important, because they pocket more.

  3. Charles Gates - May 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    The notion that owners should lose money to put a winning team on the field is ridiculous. A team, while fun, is an investment. But when an owner is giving fans the ‘We’re tyring to win’ line while pulling in money hand over fist at the expense of the fans and long term success is when I have a problem. Fans expect the owner to make money. But when an owner is viewed as making money at the expense of the fans, well, that’s when the fans attrite and will no longer pay the owner to attend games. I believe in Andy McPhail, but any team that’s sub .500 for as long as the O’s, especially when a TV contract is involved, is at risk of being accused of putting winning baseball (and the fans) second to winning. As I listen to Baltimore sports talk radio and read the papers, O’s fans need the O’s to start winning within the next year, two max, or Angelos might lose the city.

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  6. JBerardi - May 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    I’m impressed by that photo. It was very open-minded of baseball to accept an orc to be a team owner…

  7. Old Gator - May 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    ROFLMFAO
    .
    But still…can money really do all those wonderful things, Craig? Who’d’a thunk it?

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