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Are the Orioles for sale?

Feb 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Peter Angelos

Peter Angelos is probably going to live forever — such is the way of trial lawyers, bad baseball owners and the very, very rich — so really, the only hope that Orioles fans have for that franchise to turn around one day is if Angelos decides to sell.

And there are rumors that he’s doing just that:

The big rumor swirling around Baltimore is that Peter Angelos is quietly shopping the Orioles. Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan in D.C. disclosed the news Tuesday morning on The Sports Junkies.

“It’s my understanding that the Baltimore Orioles are quietly for sale,” Bickel told listeners.  ”Peter Angelos is actively selling the team at least privately to some people around him.”

But don’t get too excited. The rumor also holds that Angelos wants to retain his interest in MASN and the TV rights to the Orioles, selling just the team.

Which makes zero sense as TV rights are a tremendous source of income for an owner. Who would want that kind of a deal? It’d be like buying a movie theater but not taking over the concession stand. Like buying a video store and not taking over the adult section.*  There’s just no economic coherence to it.

But at least this rumor gives Orioles fans a chance to at least pretend that Angelos may be gone soon. And that’s not nothing.

*Do video stores still exist? I sort of think they don’t. Anyone?

  1. fellspointbird - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    So Angelos would hold MASN & continue to profit off of that, while not having to worry about “sinking money” into the team.

    Dear god.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Angelos is all three — trial lawyer, bad owner, and very rich guy. So that means he really will live forever?

      Much as I detest Angelos for trying to prevent us in the Washington area from getting a team, while demanding that we root for his crappy team, I really feel for Orioles’ fans. I’m old enough to remember when they were a model organization. A team to be respected not just for their success, but for how they played the game. What Angelos has done to the franchise is an ongoing disgrace. Hope a sale gets done sooner than later.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Angelos is all three — trial lawyer, bad owner, and very rich guy. So that means he really will live forever?

        In that case the prospective new Owner must come with a sword, Challenge Angelos, cut off his head and he will absorb his powers in the Quickening, including the team, MASN and the TV Rights.

      • The Rabbit - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        FC, If that’s on Pay per View, I’m there.

      • natstowngreg - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        You sure Angelos’ head won’t regenerate, like that guy (Tony Shahloub) in Men in Black?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Another $99 and a job deal.
    As for the video stores, to quote Michael Scott:” I didn’t have a Blockbuster year either, my Blockbuster stock is way down”.
    Anybody trying to cover Kodak?

  3. heynerdlinger - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    “Which makes zero sense as TV rights are a tremendous source of income for an owner. Who would want that kind of a deal? It’d be like buying a movie theater but not taking over the concession stand…”

    Or like building a stadium and giving away all the revenue to the team that uses it.

    • cereal blogger - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Amen !

  4. braven4evr - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    If they aren’t, they should be.Angelos has to be the worst owner ever. He used the Orioles to get even richer after the asbestos settlements.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    ” Like buying a video store and not taking over the adult section.”

    I’m a big fan of porn.

  6. sjhaack - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    What’s a “video”?

    Yes please, sell the team Pete. Sell it yesterday.

  7. jwbiii - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    “The Thing; ************ looks like The Thing.”

  8. cur68 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I used to work in a video store, when I was a callow youth. I’m still callow, of course, but not particularly youthful anymore. Video stores have pretty much all gone now. Obliterated from the economic landscape by internet piracy and free porn on the internet, alas, alas…
    Angelos won’t sell, IMO. He’ll just acquire another rich guy to share the blame for the O’s lack of success.

  9. tomtravis76 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I almost got a full stiffy… Oh please, please Angelos remove yourself from anything to do with the Orioles and you might get off the biggest donk list. Please, sell to an owner who wants to compete in MLB.

    The day just got a bit better…Thnaks EB for that nugget of hope.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    There is one Blockbuster about 25-30 minutes from my house that I am aware of. Other than that they may be extinct.

  11. Jonny 5 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    The last video store in my area just closed about a month ago. It kinda made me sad because I rented X-box 360 games and movies there. I felt as if I just witnessed the end of an era. :(

    Onto Vigo the Carpathian wanting to sell the Orioles. Will he take his river of pink slime that inhabits the sewers under Camden Yards with him when he leaves? This is quite important to the future of the team actually as it magnifies negative energies as shown in the documentary Ghostbusters 2.

    • lanflfan - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      If one has access to this pink slime, can I make a toaster dance with it (with appropriate warning labels)?

  12. royhobbs39 - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Video stores do not exist. But the adult section does. It’s called the Internet.

  13. dcfan4life - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    The MASN network also carries all the Nationals games and Angelos makes a large percentage of those profits. It was part of the deal for Washington to get baseball, that both teams have the same network with Angelos the majority owner of it. I am willing to bet if he sells the Orioles he will also sell his share or MASN on the Orioles side only, and retain his vesting interest in the Nationals percentage. Kind of that last screw you to this city since he blames the Nationals coming to Washington for a ton of lost revenue which everyone knows is just not true. If he sells the team, it would be very hard to find a new owner worse than Peter Angelos.

    • subher0 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Or the deal wouldn’t involve any MASN assets and a new owner would have to push for a move of the franchise to another city/area where he’d have a broadcasting network or could establish one.
      Lowest attendance in franchise history. Fan base supposedly turning its back.
      Anyone thought about that?!

  14. Nick C - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Your video store analogy reminded me of my college days and the video store I used to go to that had a door handle that was at about eye level on the door in the back of the store. You can imagine where that door led to.

  15. phukyouk - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I honestly cannot believe I am the first person to post this. just in case this is NSFW. its as NSFW as it gets.

  16. cereal blogger - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    This has quite a buzz around town though it doesnt appear to be true. If the state of MD took a collection they could probably raise enough to buy the old man out…count me in. Someone please help us

  17. unknowneric - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I’m currently sacrificing a chicken to Jobu in hopes that this is true.

    And that I can finally hit a curveball.

  18. raven410 - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    For the love of god!!!!!! Please sell the team! I wish Steve Bisciotti could buy the Orioles.

  19. meteor32 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    My hometown of 2,000 people still has a video store: The Movie Corner.

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