Was Tom Hicks in England "Trying to Push Through a Deal" to Exit Liverpool?
Directly below you'll find an interview with Mike Modano, who, for now, plays for one of the teams Tom Hicks owns, for now. But what about the other two? Like, oh ... let's say Liverpool FC.
There appears to some breaking news on that front courtesy the U.K. Telegraph, which is reporting that Hicks and co-owner George Gillett are (or were) in England this week "trying to push through a deal that would see them leave Anfield." Writes Paul Kelso, he's not sure exactly what's up, but having both men in the U.K. at the same time -- and at the same time the Reds are trying to stay alive in Premier League play -- is "significant." Right now, it's all speculation this and suggestion that, and I've sent the piece to Hicks's Dallas-based spokesperson Lisa LeMaster for the inevitable no-comment to follow, but this is what Kelso wrote, in part, about Hicks's itinerary whilst abroad:
I understand that the Americans spent most of Tuesday afternoon at the London offices of leading City lawyers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer discussing a range of options including the imminent sale of the club, or a minority stake to reduce the club's debt. Those discussions are understood to have continued yesterday, and while the substance of the talks remains unclear at this stage the very fact both men are in London together is significant. Hicks's presence suggests the talks are substantive.
Now to Your Texas Rangers. Forbes has ranked the value of baseball teams and found the club out in Arlington is the 12th most valuable franchise in the majors. Value: $451 million -- or about $80 mil more than Chuck Greenberg's paying for the Rangers (perhaps come Friday, should MLB officials get their way). Of course, the Rangers Baseball Express is also getting 153 acres of land in Arlington, where a Hooters alone is worth untold billions.
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