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November 13, 2002 [LINK]

"Dr. Evil" (Peter Angelos) strikes again

According to the Washington Post, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos has persuaded the 28 other MLB franchise owners to bow to his adamant objection to the anticipated sale of the Montreal Expos franchise to one of the prospective ownership groups located in the Washington, D.C. area. This, despite the fact that there is plenty of private capital in Washington ready to be invested in a first-class roster and new stadium, and despite the fact that the demographics in the Washington-Northern Virginia area easily outmatch any other possible alternative city -- Portland and San Juan being the two most often mentioned. MLB Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig had said before the 2002 season that Washington was the "prime candidate" for franchise relocation, and for several months there were excited preparations in the Washington area. Unfortunately, he has apparently caved in to the wishes of Mr. Angelos, who told an interviewer, "Washington has the Capitol. It has the White House, Congress, the Smithsonian. It has the government office, museums and the Mall. What else does it want?" He refused to consider the possible offer of $100 million compensation for a possible decline in Orioles attendance if Washington were to get a baseball team. However, that may just be a bargaining tactic to squeeze (extort?) more cash out of Washingtonians. As Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell opined yesterday, Angelos has demonstrated that he is incompetent at running a sports business, which is why the Orioles have fared so poorly in recent years. As I have written on several occasions on this Web site, Mr. Angelos is a fabulously wealthy trial lawyer who tried to parlay his political connection$ to outgoing Maryland Governor Parris Glendening in order to grab an outlandish chunk of the proceeds from the class action lawsuit against tobacco companies. In simple terms, he's nothing but a greedy, crooked old bastard. I'm not prone to using inflammatory language, but you can quote me on that. It's time for the public to put pressure on Commissioner Selig and give the Nation's Capital what it has long been due!! Stay tuned for further developments on this Web site...

NOTE: This is a "post facto" blog post, taken from the pre-November 2004 archives.

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