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Report: Red Sox owner John Henry to buy Boston Globe

Aug 2, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John Getty Images

Peter Gammons reports that Red Sox owner John Henry will be the new owner of the Boston Globe.

It’s surprising news, as the Boston Globe, reporting on its own fate, stated last week that Henry had dropped out of the bidding.

The New York Times previously owned 17.75 percent of the Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the Red Sox and NESN, only to sell its shares in 2011 and 2012. It announced its intentional to sell the Globe back in February.

If Henry completes his purchase of the Globe, the already cozy relationship between the Red Sox and the paper could grow more intertwined.

The bids for the Globe were expected to come in around $100 million, according to Bloomberg. The Times originally paid $1.1 billion, mostly in stock, to acquire the Globe in 1993.

  1. bigt12789 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    “Uh-Oh” – Dan Shaughnessy

  2. skerney - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Bully! The printed news will be the everymans window to the world!
    /adjusts monocle.
    /checks pocket watch.
    /jumps into horseless carriage.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Well I guess the Red Sox won’t have to worry about those annoying Boston Globe reporters criticizing the team anymore.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Some people just can’t take constructive criticism.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Ted Williams couldn’t deal with the Boston newspapers’ typical east coast asshole destructive criticism.

  4. scotttheskeptic - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    One way to control the team’s coverage – buy it.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Tacky but effective.

  5. eatitfanboy - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    If you’ve ever read the sports section of the Boston Globe you would’ve thought the Red Sox have always owned it

  6. moonlandingwasfaked - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I can see it now: David Ortiz’s “My F**king Column” section in the Sunday Sports

    • detroitfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      The “Bucky F#@king Dent Obituaries”.

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      In today’s column, Papi gives an exclusive account of his latest trip to the dentist. Later, he sits down with a telephone for a conversation about hitting.

  7. sdelmonte - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I just hope he doesn’t ruin a pretty good newspaper/website. I found their coverage of the Marathon bombings and the manhunt to be excellent, and they have some very accomplished reporters who have nothing at all to with sports. Including an art critic with the wonderfully Dickensian name of Sebastian Smee.

  8. apkyletexas - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I’d give roughly one wooden nickel for that rag. It would give me an endless supply of lining for my bird’s cage – nothing more.

    The Globe is basically about as worthwhile as the junk mail fliers the postman stuffs in my mailbox every day. But the fliers are more colorful – my parrot likes to crap on them more.

    It’s truly astonishing how much better (and more truthful) coverage you get on a blog like HardballTalk than you do in a “prestigious” piece of fish-wrap like the Globe.

    • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      I agree that the quality of the commentary on sites like this is better. However, don’t forget that HardballTalk doesn’t have reporters that follow the teams and, you know, actually find out what happened. Blogs like this rely on the work of mainstream media as a source.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      The newspaper for right wingnuts: The Boston Herald.

  9. detroitfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Following the Rupert Murdock model : If you control the news, you control the people. Fidel would be proud.

    • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      So would his Granma.

    • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      If you don’t like Murdock, fine. But he isn’t “controlling” anyone or even monopolizing the news. His news organizations simply present one viewpoint among the many competing viewpoints that exist when there is a free press. Comparing him to dictators like Castro is insulting to people whose lives really are controlled, and who can get thrown into prison based on what they say.

  10. hojo20 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I’d rather read HBT PFT & PBT blogs than the Globe. The sports coverage is 100 times better here.

  11. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    The Red Sox have a long history of leaking news to the Boston Globe. Whenever a Globe reporter writes something about what other teams are trying to do on the trade front, you can be 90% certain that the story was leaked by the Red Sox. Today the Globe revealed the names of players who had been placed on waivers. Why do I think that the Red Sox were the source of that story?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      The Red SoxEvery team havehas a long history of leaking news to the Boston Globea local paper.

      FTFY

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        The Red Sox leak information that other teams want to remain private. For example, the names of players placed on waivers is supposed to be private.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        John Henry uses information as a weapon for a living – and his living is very very good.

  12. moogro - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    1.1 Billion.

  13. onbucky96 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Wow. Now there will really be softball questions served up to the Red Sox.

    • rbj1 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      So, Big Papi, cake or pie?

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        he just say ‘yes’

  14. romoscollarbone - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Awesome. Newspapers are ever declining even as they transition to web based, as people enjoy blogs where opinions can be more pronounced. I know one business entity does not affect the other when its companies of this scale but perhaps it’ll help tighten the purse strings, even if its only a smidge.

  15. 13yrsmlbvet - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Now no one will ever know who blew up Tito for that Globe article.

  16. hairpie - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Lets be honest, when was the last time anyone actually picked up a physical, paper newspaper….1997?

  17. steveohho - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    This asset’s performance will eventually under perform the purchase price. Thanks to Craigslist and the internets the gate-keeping lame stream press is on their knees. But at least Henry can play Citizen Cane for a day. “Rosebud….”

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