Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a recap of yesterday’s Texas Rangers bankruptcy hearing and, as we noted yesterday, it seems like the Rangers have reason to be at least cautiously optimistic. The judge acknowledged that the highest bid did not necessarily make for the best bid, and if he ultimately goes with that reasoning, the Rangers are most of the way home. Obviously he could go in another direction between now and the time his ruling comes out on July 9th, but there wasn’t anything that happened yesterday to give the team reason for concern either.
But the best thing that happened in the hearing had nothing to do with the Rangers specifically. It came from the judge, who said what everyone else thinks but for some reason isn’t allowed to say:
Lynn conceded at one point that the highest bid was not always the
determining factor in selecting a sports franchise buyer. What, the
judge asked hypothetically, if organized crime came and said they wanted
to buy the team?
Then the robed jurist joked, “This is not the NFL.”
“I was trying to be
facetious,” Lynn quickly added, lest anyone take the remark the wrong
We hear you, your honor. We hear you loud and clear.