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Jeb Bush offer to buy Marlins baseball club rejected


From Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson's Sports Buzz

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, in recent months, has rejected overtures from a half dozen people who expressed interest in buying the Marlins, including one of South Florida’s most famous residents: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

According to a source, Bush made a “large offer” to buy the team this offseason, but Loria told him he’s not selling. A second source said Bush had put together a group of wealthy investors, with Venezuelan media mogul Gustavo Cisneros among possibilities mentioned. Cisneros declined to discuss the Marlins in an e-mail.

Bush -- who was governor from 1999 to 2007 and now runs an education advocacy group, consults and gives speeches – refused to discuss the matter or confirm whether he would have been Marlins CEO and managing partner if Loria had agreed to sell. Managing partner was the title his brother, George W. Bush, held when he co-owned the Texas Rangers before he was elected President.

MLB rules would have allowed Jeb Bush to become Marlins managing partner even if he owned only a small percentage.

Loria, 72, theoretically would have more incentive to sell after 2014, when he no longer would need to share profits with Miami-Dade County. But a friend of Loria insists that barring a health problem or change of heart, he does not want to sell because he loves owning a team.

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Brent Tantillo

Well perhaps Loria should own a team where he actually likes the place where the team plays -- and its fans. Because he's done everything possible -- despite the goodwill he had in 2012 -- to drive off the people in South Florida from going to the Marlins new beautiful ballpark, he should seriously consider selling the team to a person who is actually devoted to our community like former Governor Bush. We could only that major league baseball and the Miami-Dade Commissioners intervene.

Brad Schmitt

This news is so infuriating! Loria is such a troll!

Brad Schmitt

Loria is a complete fraud. Recently he said he was losing money on the team. Not a chance! He would have sold the team.

Murphy Spyder

Careful, we know that what this family touches turns into human sacrifice.....

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