For those who care, I think the Marlins are going to be pretty good.
My Cleveland Indians -- once more -- will be out of it by the end of the month. But it probably won't take that long.
Back to the topic at hand.
The Texas Rangers should have a new ownership group within the next couple of weeks.
The names are fairly familiar.
Anyone who has ever picked up a sports page knows the name Nolan Ryan. He's going to be part of this new group headed by Chuck Greenberg.
Never heard of Chuck? That's OK, he's never heard of you either.
Word is, he's a pretty smart fellow who has had success in the minor league game.
And he has ties to the Panthers.A lawyer, Greenberg helped facilitate Alan Cohen's purchase of the Panthers from Wayne Huiznega's Boca Resorts group back in 2000-2001.
Here's a little taste of what the website from the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP (of which Greenberg is a partner in their Pittsburgh office) states:
General Representation of National Hockey League Franchises Mr. Greenberg has overseen corporate reorganizations; led senior management search teams; negotiated employment agreements for coaches and other front office executives; negotiated credit facilities; successfully renegotiated arena leases; testified before a Governor’s Sports Facilities Task Force (Pennsylvania); analyzed merits of a renovation program vs. a new arena; conceived and overseen a successful arena renovation program; and negotiated with public officials the public funding of renovations.
There's much more on his official Pepper Hamilton LLP bio (link above) that you can read.
The ads were most likely a payoff for work the firm did for the Panthers, although they may have agreed to continue business with the team and buy more ad space (although since they don't have an office anywhere near Florida that's probably doubtful.)
I don't recall whether Pepper Hamilton still has ads inside the arena, although I know they did as late as last year.
The question here is: Does Greenberg hire any Panthers executives away from Sunrise once he officially takes over the Texas Rangers?
I don't know.
Maybe, maybe not. The rumor mill is churning right now. We'll see what happens.
(And here's hoping the Indians win at least one this month.)