After his long-gestating sale of the Padres to Jeff Moorad went south, John Moores is trying again:
Padres majority owner John Moores has retained investment banker Steve Greenberg to broker a sale of the club, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Saturday … Moores previously sold the Padres in January 2009 for $525 million to Moorad, who had three to five years to complete the purchase.
Given the explosion in local TV rights revenues — the Padres are just now closing a 20-year, $1 billion TV deal — that delay in the sale probably made Moores $250 million more on the sale of the team than if the Moorad deal had been consummated.
Almost makes one wonder if the failure to approve Moorad was about his financing or if, rather, it was early-seller’s remorse.
Earlier this year Disney agreed to purchase the majority stake in BAMTech, the digital media company spun off from MLB Advanced Media. We know it as the source of the technology for MLB.tv and MLB.com, but it’s far more wide-ranging than that now. At present it powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and, eventually, will power Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services.
The company was started by an investment from baseball’s 30 owners, so they’re getting a big payout as a result of the acquisition. Earlier this morning Jim Bowden dropped this regarding how much of that payout is in the offing in the short term:
That’s probably on the low end, actually. Some people I’ve spoken to who are familiar with the acquisition say the figure is more like $68 million in Q1 of 2018.
Good for the owners! It was a savvy, forward-thinking investment that, in the past, baseball owners might not have made. Bud Selig, Bob Bowman and others deserve credit for convincing the Jeff Lorias and Jerry Reinsdorfs of the world to think big and long term. It’s money out of the sky, raining down upon the owner of your baseball team for, basically, doing nothing.
Money which should be remembered when your buddy complains about a relief pitcher getting $6 million for only pitching 65 innings. Money which should be remembered when your team’s GM says that he has to cut back on payroll in the coming year.